Our plastic protective elements are predominantly used in industrial production and protect sensitive and function-critical components against the penetration of dirt during production, storage and transport. After a relatively short service life, the high-quality protective elements are then disposed of. Since the issue of sustainability plays a key role in our daily business, however, we presented our KAPSTO® plastic caps made of PCR-PE (polyethylene made of post-consumer recycled material) to Mercedes Benz Hamburg in 2019. This signalled the beginning of our collaboration.
Sustainability not just a trend
Before the collaborative project, attempts had already been made in the plant to reuse the caps. However, due to the high quality demands placed on the plastic caps, these were not successful. The decision was therefore made to recycle – which turned out to be the ideal solution. After all, this preserves the high quality of the material, which continues to ensure a close fit, precision and safety, while simultaneously closing the loop. The caps are collected in the plant and then picked up by Pöppelmann at regular intervals. They are then processed into the recycled material PCR-PE, which is used to make new KAPSTO® plastic caps and plugs. This, in turn, closes the material loop.
Now over to you
After the first successful projects, we want to embark on more collaborations and firmly anchor the circular economy concept in industry. After all, we have no doubt that this is the only future for non-durable plastic products. Contact us if you would also like your company to get in the loop – or if you have any other ideas!