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Closing the loop: how Pöppelmann was inspired by Ellen MacArthur and assumed the pioneering role in responsible plastics processing. Since the beginning of 2018, TEKU® has been producing plant pots using recycled materials made from plastic packaging disposed of through household recycling. 

 

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Why the colour blue? Why the name PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®? Technology Scout Benjamin Kampmann smiles and tells the story of Ellen MacArthur. The young lady and the sea. Born in England, she was 24 years old when she became famous. In 2001, she competed in the Vendée Globe, the toughest single-handed yacht race around the world, and came in second place. For almost 100 days, she sailed alone on her yacht named Kingfisher as she tackled the non-stop regatta through the Southern Ocean. In 2005, she broke the world record and was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II, thus carrying the title of “Dame” from then on. This was an accolade for an impressive performance: in 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes and 33 seconds, she sailed across more than 50,000 kilometres on the high seas, making her the fastest solo yachtswoman in the world.

This was Ellen MacArthur’s first career. Her second began in 2010 and is no less marked by her fighting spirit, passion and perseverance. She established the Ellen MacArthur Foundation World record-breaking yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur established the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010. In order to stop litter pollution of the oceans, the foundation aims to accelerate the transition from a “linear economy” model to the circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy model. closeEllen MacArthur Foundation. In order to stop litter pollution of the oceans, the foundation aims to accelerate the transition from a “linear economy” model to the circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy model. 

Circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closeCircular economy means the raw materials used to make a product are not disposed of after use, but rather returned to the economic cycle wherever possible. After all, “We now have the knowledge and tools to build an economy fit for the 21st century,” explains her foundation's website.  

But back to the initial question. So, why blue? Benjamin Kampmann explains, “The circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy model promoted by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation World record-breaking yachtswoman Ellen MacArthur established the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010. In order to stop litter pollution of the oceans, the foundation aims to accelerate the transition from a “linear economy” model to the circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy model. closeEllen MacArthur Foundation distinguishes between two raw material cycles: the colour green denotes the biological cycle of organic raw materials, whilst blue symbolises the cycle of technical materials such as metal or plastic from production to recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling.”

PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® is therefore the perfect name for the company-wide initiative that searches for solutions to close the material loop for plastic products. Pöppelmann Managing Director Matthias Lesch sees the everyday implementation of the concept of a circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy as one of the key challenges of the coming decade. “We need to ask the right questions today in order to make sure we find the answers for the future of the brand in time,” he emphasises.

Long before PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® even kicked off in early 2018, the company was already pondering how more recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials could be used in production. Our project developers have ample experience in the area. “At Pöppelmann TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU®, we’ve been working with recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material for more than forty years. Over 80 percent of TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® products for commercial horticulture have always been made using recycled plastic waste,” explains Head of TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® Product Management Günther Orschulik. Nevertheless, until the launch of PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®, this almost exclusively involved production waste which, as post-industrial recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials (PIR Post-industrial recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material (PIR) is made from plastic waste that is generated through industrial plastics processing and directly reintegrated into production. closePIR), is relatively easy to reintroduce into the production of new goods. Because they are generally clean and sorted, recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling also pays off from economic perspectives.

PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® wants to do more. After all, the actual challenge of plastic recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling lies in household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. Benjamin Kampmann explains, “The aim of our initiative is to close the material loop so that a plant pot, for example, becomes a new plant pot.” But it is easier said than done. The reason? As well as packaging made of aluminium, tin foil and composites, household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling also contains many different types of plastic that are dirty and unsorted. For many items of packaging, this marks the end point of the linear economy The traditional model of the linear economy is the opposite of a circular economy. In a linear economy, resources and raw materials are extracted, processed, used and disposed of at the end of life. Linear economy is often referred to as a “disposable economy”. closelinear economy. Currently, sorting systems can only filter a few types of plastic – known as “fractions” in trade lingo – for reuse as post-consumer recycled material (PCR)Post-consumer recycled material Post-consumer recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material (PCR) is made from plastic products that previously fulfilled their intended use. This might be waste from end users (e.g. via household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling) as well as from industry. closePost-consumer recycled material (PCR) is made from plastic products that previously fulfilled their intended use. This might be waste from end users (e.g. via household recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling) as well as from industry. closepost-consumer recycled material (PCR), and the process is extremely complex. This is where the PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® initiative comes in.

With a strategy controlled by the company’s top management: the PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® steering committee is made up of shareholder and Chair of the Advisory Board Catherin Vitale, shareholder Maximilian Forst, advisory board member Dr Karlheinz Bourdon and Managing Directors Norbert Nobbe and Matthias Lesch. Various division representatives also participate in the regular committee meetings as PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® experts. Shareholder Catherin Vitale emphasises, “The PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® initiative has a huge strategic significance for us shareholders.” She is confident that the circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy will be the future, especially for non-durable plastic products such as plant pots or packaging.”

Technology Scout Benjamin Kampmann is the project manager of the initiative. He can still remember clearly the beginnings of PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®. “In 2016, I was commissioned to help TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® with the development of a recyclability For a product to be recyclable, it must: a) be made of a material that is collected for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling, has a market value and/or is supported by a programme prescribed by law; b) it is sorted and aggregated into defined streams for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; c) it is processed and recycled through commercial recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling processes; d) the recycled material is used in the manufacture of new products. closerecyclability concept. The focus was on the plant pot, since there was already a lot of experience with the use of recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials here.”

TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® Product Manager Günther Orschulik says that the innovative potential of a simple plastic pot for horticulture is generally underestimated by the general public. “At first glance, the product does not really give much away. But its special features lie in the detail.” In order to produce such a pot in a cost-effective and resource-saving way, it all comes down to a tenth of a gram in material usage and, later on, tenths of a second in production. Once they are with the customer, the pots would have to ensure automatic and fault-free processing on the modern potting machines. “Modern horticultural businesses are industrial companies with high levels of automation,” explains Günther Orschulik.

However, the crunch point lies elsewhere. In order to achieve the degree of opacity necessary for optimum plant growth, carbon is often added to the colour. But there is an undesirable side-effect. Carbon prevents the pot from correctly reflecting the test light of the near-infrared detectors in dual-system recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling plants. The result is that the type of plastic – which for plant pots, is usually polypropylene (PP) With 20% of the total production, polypropylene is the second most important plastic. More than one third of the synthetic fibres are produced from PP. Other key fields of application include packaging films and rigid packaging. closepolypropylene (PP) – is not recognised and the pot is classified as non-recyclable waste packaging. This means that a valuable and durable raw material ends up in energy recovery after just one use.

“This shows that the use of recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials is just the first step on the path towards a circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy,” states Technology Scout Benjamin Kampmann. “In order to close the loop, the product itself must also be recyclable.” At the same time, the high quality requirements of customers must also be met – in this instance, those of horticultural companies. TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® Sales Manager Arno Zerhusen knows their requirements meticulously. “The plant pots must be able to seamlessly integrate into the automatic process. The material plays a decisive role here.”

Back then, the task was defined – and the search for new answers began. How should the pot be designed to make sure that sorting systems classify it as PP? Which recycled materialRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled material would guarantee the required quality? And which expert partners could support the company on this path? Pöppelmann made initial contacts with the dual-system operator 'Der Grüne Punkt' (The Green Dot). A series of workshops and meetings followed. Finally, the concept of the blue plant pot emerged. And at this point, it was already clear just how decisive a role eco-design would also be in the future in the industry in order to close the material loop.

A huge field of work, only suitable for team players. “Progress can only be achieved together with all stakeholders A group with an interest or concern; people, groups, associations and institutions that are directly or indirectly affected by the actions of a company or that have an interest in the activities of a company. closestakeholders, right down to retailers and consumers,” says TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® Sales Manager Arno Zerhusen. Legal requirements and social demands are only one side of the story. The Pöppelmann project developers know that in order to promote marketable solutions in terms of a circular economy The circular economy The circular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy is a model of production and consumption in which existing materials and products are shared, leased, reused, repaired, refurbished and recycled for as long as possible. This prolongs the life cycle The life cycle of a product spans the phases from production through the use and possible reuse, all the way to disposal. An extended definition can also include the procurement and provision of the raw materials before production and the reuse of raw materials after product disposal. closelife cycle of the products. In practice, this means that waste is reduced to a minimum. closecircular economy, we have to be ready to fundamentally change our thinking – and to start all over again repeatedly. When production of the recycled pots began at Pöppelmann, completely new and unknown odours were released from the machine. The PCR material that was originally chosen releases vapours when heated and workers complain of the smell and headaches.

These were working conditions that no one would be expected to endure at Pöppelmann. Other recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials were tested and the production equipment was adapted. Finally, the solution was ready to go into production. In January 2018, Pöppelmann TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU® took to the world’s leading trade fair for horticulture, IPM in Essen, to reveal the result: a plant pot in the striking colour Circular blue. Industry representatives were extremely interested. Including the GBZ Horticultural Centre in Papenburg. Its sales manager Andreas Brinker was impressed by the sustainable product concept, and soon thereafter supermarket customers discovered the blue plant pots on shelves with the kitchen herbs. This was soon followed by important certification: The pot in Circular blue fulfils the requirements for the Blue Angel The “Blauer Engel” (Blue Angel) distinguishes products that have been proven as part of an audit to contain at least 80 percent PCR plastic. closeBlue Angel and the RAL Quality Mark issued by RAL-Gütegemeinschaft Rezyklate aus haushaltsnahen Wertstoffsammlungen (Link: www.ral-rezyklat.de).

Success is a motivator. The new Packaging Act The new Packaging Act (VerpackG) came into force in Germany on 1 January 2019 and replaced the former Packaging Ordinance. The VerpackG applies to all those who bring packaging containing goods obtained by the end user (including filling material) on the market. Anyone who brings filled packaging into circulation is responsible for its return and recovery. closePackaging Act that came into force on 1 January 2019 now sets the framework. Project Manager Orschulik even sees it as an opportunity. After all, “The need for post-industrial recycled materialsRecycled materials Recycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closeRecycled materials are products from a recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling process. In plastics processing, it is an umbrella term used for regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind, regranulate Regranulate is obtained as →Granules from plastic regrind Regrind is obtained by grinding plastic. Regrind has different and irregular particle sizes of two to five millimetres and may contain dust particles. closeregrind through a melting process. Regranulate has uniform grain size and no dust content and is ideal for further processing. closeregranulate or regenerate Regenerate is obtained through a melting process (compounding), to which additives are added to improve the properties. Regenerate has uniform grain sizes and no dust content and defined property values if applicable. closeregenerate → Material recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling. closerecycled materials that are easier to process will increase. This will make the offer currently available to us in horticulture even scarcer. However, we are ready and have the technology to optimally process the available quantities of collected recyclables.”

Meanwhile, Sales Manager Zerhusen describes 2018 as a hugely successful start for PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®: “We are industry pioneers in this area. Countless discussions with customers have shown us that we have helped to reach a decisive turning point. There is no doubt that the attitude of consumers must continue to change – plastic is neither waste nor a fundamentally bad material. On the contrary, it is a valuable raw material that is not only very suitable for recycling Recycling describes the process of converting waste into new materials and objects, and thus its return to the production and consumption cycle. closerecycling but also requires our responsible treatment.”

Not only at TEKU® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Specialist for products for commercial horticulture. closeTEKU®: the first PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue® product to go into series production will soon be followed by more. The KAPSTO® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Global leader in the manufacture of caps and plugs; producer of protective elements for sensitive components. closeKAPSTO® division has already included plastic protective elements made of PCR in its range. And the Pöppelmann FAMAC® Division of the Pöppelmann Group. Manufacturer of components and packaging for the food, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries. Specialist in the highest product and user safety. closeFAMAC® division is now producing packaging buckets, containers and boxes for the non-food sector as part of PÖPPELMANN blue® The company-wide PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative bundles activities that aim to achieve a completely closed raw material cycle in the company. closePÖPPELMANN blue®.

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