What is sustainable packaging design?

Packaging is a modern all-rounder! It protects the product, makes it optimally available and informs the consumer. In short, it is impossible to imagine our lives without it. However, packaging often only accompanies us for a short time and should not become waste after use, because it contains valuable materials.


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In order to be able to use these resources and thus close the cycle of recyclable materials, it is indispensable to think about the recyclability of the material used as early as the packaging design stage and to ensure that the design is suitable for recycling. The reuse of used raw materials such as glass or plastic extends the life cycle of the materials. By designing packaging in a sustainable way and with the help of the circular economy we can reduce the consumption of non-renewable raw materials. What's more, legislators have recognized the importance of recycling-friendly design. Packaging that is not recyclable will soon be subject to a financial penalty – in other words, it will become more expensive!

What can we do for you?

Analysis of your packaging


  • Analysis by recognized partner institute
  • Compliance with minimum standard of the Central Packaging Register (ZSVR)
  • Result with exact percentage information
  • Advice for packaging optimization
  • Certificate (optional)


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Design4Recycling workshops


  • Webinars also exclusively for your company

  • Half- or full-day workshops with plant visit

  • In-house workshops at your company for your experts in packaging design, packaging technology and marketing

  • Analysis of weak points and discussion of possibilities for optimization


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Label "Recyclable"


  • Show how recyclable your packaging is!
  • Reliable label due to certificate
  • Testing by independent institute cyclos-HTP
  • Complies with minimum standard of ZSVR
  • Free of charge for Green Dot customers





The cyclos-HTP Institute (CHI) was founded in May 2014 as a company for the classification, assessment and testing of the recyclability of packaging and goods, as well as research and development in this field, based in Aachen, Germany. The shareholders of the institute are the shareholders of cyclos GmbH and the shareholders of the engineering company HTP GmbH & Co. KG. Managing directors of the institute are Sandra Beckamp and Dr.-Ing. Joachim Christiani, one of the leading experts in the field of sorting and recycling technology in Europe.

Rennommierter Partner des Grünen Punkt bei Design for Recycling: Institut cyclos-HTP
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Is it also possible in BIO?


Not so easy: Sustainable coffee packaging in such a way that the complex and sensitive product reaches the customer in full quality and the coffee packaging still uses as few resources as possible. Important information from a customer meeting for our "Der Grüne Punkt" customers. Click here for the story.

DESIGN4RECYCLING – Designing plastic packaging


How does Design4Recycling work in plastic packaging? Our brochure informs about this with introduction, material and checklists. Download your copy.


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