As a plastics processing company, we see it as being our duty to make our products and processes as environmentally conscious as possible. Our plastic material is recyclable, but less than half of all plastic waste in Germany is recycled. We want to increase this quota – that's why we are working closely with our partners throughout the entire value chain. This not only includes our customers but also material manufacturers, recyclers, retailers and various research institutions. With our PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative, we strive to create a closed material loop. A product should be converted into recycled material, and the recycled material should again become a product of the same quality.
The use of recycled materials has been a key component of our sustainability strategy for more than 20 years. In some divisions, the ratio of recycled materials used (post-industrial recycled material and post-consumer recycled material) is already over 80 percent. And with our PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative, we’re taking things a step further still – by bundling all company activities to create a completely closed raw material cycle.
The circular economy model has become increasingly significant in recent years, and describes the change from a linear economic model to a closed cycle system. We believe that working on this offers huge potential for European industry and the plastics sector in particular to adopt a leading, global role in the development of new materials and technologies.
Resource-conserving protective elements made of recycled plastic: by using 100% recycled material which is completely reusable, we close the material cycle.
Resource-conserving packaging made of recycled plastic: this way, we put our foot down to the 25 million tonnes of plastic waste produced annually in Europe alone.
Resource-conserving plant pots made of recycled plastic: the plastic for our plant pots in the colour Circular blue comes straight from packaging waste and ends up there again, too.