Rethinking the circular economy for plastics

Der Grüne Punkt contributes to new Green Paper of the VDI Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e. V. (Association of German Engineers)

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Global environmental problems such as microplastics in the world's oceans or high CO2 emissions from the use of fossil raw materials make it clear: We need to break new ground in dealing with plastics. A paradigm shift is needed to design a system that enables plastics to be fully recycled. But how can the transformation to circular value creation succeed?


A round table of the VDI Verein Deutscher Ingenieure e. V. (Association of German Engineers) with experts from all stages of the cycle and representatives from politics, science and NGOs addressed this question in a comprehensive dialog process and published a green paper with recommendations for industry and politics. Green Dot ("Der Grüne Punkt") also participated in this round table and contributed its expertise.


An essential prerequisite for the recycling of plastics is a rethink in practice: Beyond the many ambitious technical innovations, a system is needed that enables full recycling. It is crucial to use recycled raw materials (recyclates) and sustainable alternatives as far as possible, not only in individual product areas (e.g. PET bottles), but in the material flows of all polymers. This will turn plastic waste into valuable sources of raw materials for new products and, at the same time, this approach could also make a significant contribution to climate neutrality in plastics production.


Circular Economy für Kunststoffe neu denken. Wie die Transformation zur zirkulären Wertschöpfung gelingen kann. Ergebnisse und Empfehlungen des VDI-Round Table (currently only in German language)