Cologne, 28 September 2017. The Recyclate Initiative of Werner & Mertz GmbH has been awarded the German Packaging Prize for developing flip-top closures made 100 percent of recycled polypropylene (rPP) from the “Yellow Sack”. In the “New Material” category, these innovative closures proved crucially persuasive for the 15-strong jury.
Immo Sander, Head of Packaging Development at Werner & Mertz, accepted the prize in the Humboldt Box in Berlin together with Michael Heyde and Ines Schwarz of “Der Grüne Punkt”, Steffen Meinel and Stefan Andera of HEINZ PLASTICS Böhm GmbH and Heike Schick, Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH. The jury was particularly impressed that the project has succeeded in “manufacturing from household packaging waste a polypropylene regranulate that meets the very stringent requirements for a flip-top closure in both an injection molding production process and in actual use”, and rendering another plastic material accessible to the technical cycle of packaging materials.
“We are proud to note that this year as well we’ve been honored with the German Packaging Prize for one of our newly developed products. By using recyclates made of polypropylene for our closures, which are obtained in their entirety from the “Yellow Sack”, we’ve taken another step forward in developing sustainable packages. In future, we shall be developing and bringing to market further sustainability-boosting inventions through our widely ramified network,” says a gratified Immo Sander, paying tribute to the success of this shared achievement in the Recyclate Initiative.
“By using the polypropylene recyclate from “Der Grüne Punkt” for the closures, we’ve successfully closed the cycle for another type of plastic. With the Recyclate Initiative, we’re showing what’s possible nowadays in terms of plastics recycling,” adds Dr. Michael Heyde, Head of Product and Process Development at “Der Grüne Punkt”.
Steffen Meinel, Managing Director of HEINZ PLASTICS Böhm GmbH, is also delighted by this successful collaboration: “Together we’ve proved it’s possible to use recyclates for sustainably manufacturing a fit-for-purpose plastic product and seeing it through to series maturity.”
“The project work encouraged design-enhancement in the production of master batches with sustainable pigmentation. We’re looking at successful collaboration for producing these sustainable closures,” says Heike Schick, Technical Application Service, Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH.
Under the aegis of the Reyclate Initiative, Werner & Mertz GmbH, Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH, HEINZ PLASTICS Böhm GmbH and Clariant Plastics & Coatings (Deutschland) GmbH have developed the flip-top closure made from post-consumer recyclate.
The innovative closure was created in around nine months of intensive shared development work by Werner & Mertz and its project partners. The recycled polypropylene material was provided by “Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH” (DSD). The closures themselves are manufactured by HEINZ PLASTICS Böhm GmbH from Langenau in Upper Franconia. The flip-top closure gets its green color from a sustainable master batch, developed by Clariant, and modified specifically for the recyclates. The current success confirms the efficiency of the close collaboration involved. As the first product to feature the new closure, the FROSCH Lemon Cleaner 750 ml is already on the supermarket shelves. Werner & Mertz will successively be fitting further products of the FROSCH brand with the sustainable closures. There are also plans for Cradle to Cradle® certification.
The German Packaging Prize is awarded every year by the German Packaging Institute as an accolade for innovative and creative packaging ideas in ten different categories. This year’s prize-giving ceremony was held in the Humboldt Box in front of the Royal Palace in Berlin.
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About the Der Grüne Punkt Group:
The companies of Der Grüne Punkt are as service providers for extended producer responsibility, as a leading supplier of secondary raw materials for plastics, and as a premium producer of plastic recyclates, the premier solution provider for the needs of the closed-cycle economy. Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH (DSD) is the market leader of the dual systems in Germany, and stands for intelligent take-back systems, plus the development and marketing of innovative recyclates and services. Systec Plastics, at its facilities in Eisfeld and Hörstel, produces premium-quality recyclates under the Systalen brandname for the international market. The companies are grouped together in DSD – Duales System Holding GmbH & Co. KG.