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FKuR: Heading for a Circular Economy and Sustainability with Biobased and Biodegradable Plastics

With their unique combination of light weight, versatility, performance, durability and cost- effectiveness plastics have made a significant contribution to better living conditions, more sustainable products and waste prevention for decades.

However, in the face of their omnipresence, industry, commerce and consumers alike are challenged to use, reuse, dispose of, recycle them and ultimately properly utilize them in responsible way. According to the EU Strategy for Plastics, from 2030 all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable and the consumption of disposable plastics will be reduced.

The EU Strategy for Plastics

The discussions about plastic, its ecological sense, its use and the consequences are in full progress. Biobased and biodegradable plastics are taking on an as yet unidentified special status. Both have a great potential to meet the demands of the current EU directives in addressing this issue. Biobased thermoplastics are especially suitable for conventional material recycling. Biodegradable plastics are an efficient and proven solution for those applications where this property generates added value for the end product.

Double benefits: made from renewable resources and recyclable

Especially with drop-in bioplastics it is possible to implement sustainable concepts in two ways: firstly the bioplastic product itself is made from renewable raw materials and secondly, it can be recycled after use via existing recycling systems. The positive effects are obvious: fossil resources are saved and plastic can also become a valuable material for the manufacture of other products, circulating in a closed loop.

Closing loops with bioplastics

In nature we find an exemplary loop. Whatever nature has developed is utilized and recovered – there is no such thing as waste. FKuR follows this approach and develops innovative plastics that both conserve resources and reduce the environmental impact. Together with its customers, the bioplastic specialist works on solutions to design plastic products that meet the requirements of the modern circular economy and are suitable for either mechanical or organic recycling.

Mechanical Recycling

The resource-saving material recycling established for conventional (petroleum-based) plastics can also be used, without any restrictions, for the biobased alternatives. Recyclates can be returned to the recycling cycle as often as possible products can be used and, in the end, will have to be ultimately used for energy recovery. Thus, biobased plastics can be used to generate renewable energy that does not produce any additional harmful CO2, a closed CO2 cycle, which is in-line with nature’s model.

Organic Recycling

The resource-saving material recycling established for conventional (petroleum-based) plastics can also be used, without any restrictions, for the biobased alternatives. Recyclates can be returned to the recycling cycle as often as possible products can be used and, in the end, will have to be ultimately used for energy recovery. Thus, biobased plastics can be used to generate renewable energy that does not produce any additional harmful CO2, a closed CO2 cycle, which is in-line with nature’s model.

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