Bioplastics – a blessing or a curse?
Bioplastics far from offer everything their name promises. Often bioplastics made from renewable raw materials are no more sustainable than plastics made from mineral oil. Criticism is often raised in relation to cultivation, which can be linked to the use of pesticides and fertiliser, as well as the use of genetically modified plants and the competition for arable or woodland areas. Bioplastics are only a consideration for us if they are demonstrably more environmentally friendly than conventional plastics. At the moment, we do not use any biodegradable bioplastics either. If they are not properly disposed of, they can simply add to the micro-plastic problem as many countries do not yet have suitable recycling systems for them. Despite this, we are keeping a close eye on how things are developing.
Increasing the recycled content.
The resources for manufacturing glass, aluminium and conventional plastic are not infinite. We are therefore very careful to ensure that materials can be reused. For this to be possible, they must enter the recycling cycle in as pure a form as possible. Only then can they be used to create new, high-quality packaging. By using waste paper or post-consumer recycled plastics, we reduce the need for raw materials and actively protect the environment. This is because recycling reduces the energy-intensive and polluting processes of sourcing and producing raw materials.
Plastic: better than its reputation.
The manufacturing of plastic has less of an environmental impact than that of either glas and aluminium. As such, we do not want to rigorously demonise this material. Plastic is furthermore light, non-breakable and extremely durable, plus it can be shaped and therefore used in many different ways. We primarily use PE and PP, which are energy-efficient and easily recyclable plastics. Where possible, we use plastic with a recycled content of up to 97%. Furthermore, our plastic packaging does not contain any plasticisers such as phthalates, BPA or similarly problematic additives.