• Rid plastic bags of their ‘dirty-urchin’ image!

    Life-cycle analyses show that plastic bags perform better than cotton or paper bags when it comes to environmental impact

    Multiple use is decisive

    Prejudices and even misjudgements can persist longer if they are repeated enough times. All too often, it is only on closer inspection that they turn out to be misleading.

  • Is the ecological superiority of the returnable glass bottle just a myth?

    The lightweight returnable PET bottle offers quite a lot of benefits.

    The returnable glass bottle is often presented as being exemplary when it comes to discussions on sustainable beverage packaging. The reasoning is that the thick glass bottle is repeatedly washed and then refilled, so it is not a ‘single use’ bottle.

  • Undesirable migration: when substances harmful to health migrate from the packaging into food.

    There is no reason why food should contain printing ink.

    Eco-friendly is not always health friendly as well.

    Merely appearing to be ecological is no guarantee for ensuring the consumer’s health is adequately protected. This is unfortunately particularly true in an area that is extremely sensitive for the well-being of all of us: food packaging. Various studies have made this clear. They have shown that substances that are undesirable because they are harmful to health can be transferred from paper and cardboard packaging, which is often recycled, to the foodstuffs it contains. According to the experts, this could be the case with recycled cardboard packaging.

  • “Exporting waste was basically a mistake”/ “Single-use can also be multiple-use”.

    Interview with the management of PACCOR Packaging.

    Symbolic politics focuses on large symbols. The German federal government has now decided to end the practice of throwing away single-use plastics that end up in the rubbish instead of being recycled or reused. In doing so, it’s implementing an EU directive that wants to ban waste-intensive single-use plastic products from 2021. But what makes plastics irreplaceable are their ability to protect food. During a pandemic, hygiene is not just something that happens by chance. When it comes to reuse and recycling, though, plastic packaging manufacturer PACCOR has gone a significant step further: the company has the technological capability to recycle plastic packaging in a genuine material loop, as its board members Andreas Schütte (CEO) and Nicolas Lorenz (CCO) explain in the following interview. The new technology it uses to sort waste has the benefit that the utility value of plastic packaging can be utilised indefinitely, for instance for the important task of avoiding food losses.

  • Instrument of environmental policy or ‘trick’ to counter budget deficits?

    Levy would not benefit the EU budget or the environment but would strip the circular economy of important funds.

    Response to the suggested EU-wide levy on non-recycled plastic packaging – the so-called ‘plastics tax’ – has not been very positive. Experts are harshly critical: they say it is not effective, neither for environmental protection nor for budgetary consolidation. On the other hand, environmental associations see the possible new tax as an opportunity to ‘increase recycling and support waste-avoidance programmes’.

  • Waste rates of up to 50 per cent are a scandal.

    Packaging must protect: initially the food, then the consumer’s health.

    People are justifiably outraged when they see a development like that in the USA, where half of all food is deemed ‘spoiled’ and simply goes to waste.


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