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Dr. Helen Fürst, President of the German Association of the Plastics Converters (GKV)

GKV calls for growth agenda and rejects plastic tax

The Gesamtverband Kunststoffverarbeitende Industrie e.V. (GKV) sees the industry in a difficult situation and is urging that the plastics tax be waived.

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New standard for PA waste and recyclates

The new DIN SPEC 91481 is intended to promote the use of recycled plastics and contains a concept for a digital product passport.

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Jacket made from chemically recycled polyamide

Fashion retailer Zara is selling a jacket made from Loopamid, a chemically recycled nylon fiber from BASF.

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Mirjam Meyer Borealis Head of Circular Economy

Borealis with new Head of Circular Economy

The Austrian chemical company announces the appointment of Mirjam Mayer as Vice President Circular Economy Solutions, effective January 1, 2024.

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Working on fund solution for more recyclable packaging

The German government is working on a proposal for a fund solution for the recycling-friendly design of packaging, reports Euwid.

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ERDE hands over extended voluntary commitment to BMUV

Bettina Hoffmann, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMUV), received the new voluntary commitment from the ERDE initiative in Berlin.

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Photo Herbert Snell, bvse Vice President

Energy aid for plastics recyclers

Companies will once again be able to apply for energy aids from 1 January 2025, the bvse Federal Association for Secondary Raw Materials and Waste Management has announced.

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Photo : imm Cologne  Martin Auerbach, Stefan Cognie, Ronja Zoppke, Rick Holvoet, Benjamin Marien und Henning  Kanter

First digital product passport for mattresses

Schlaraffia has announced that it is the first mattress manufacturer in Germany to start introducing a digital product passport.

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Work starts on the material flow of plastics in Germany 2023

Over the coming months various statistics will be evaluated and, at the heart of the study, a questionaire will be sent to more than 2,000 companies involved in the fields of plastics production, processing and use. The new study plastics flow in Germany 2023 with data on production, processing, consumption, waste collection and recovery of plastics is expected to be published in September 2024.

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Deep-sea enzyme breaks down PET

Researchers from the universities of Kiel, Hamburg and Düsseldorf have, with the help of complex analysis methods, identified in a database with water specimens from all over the world an enzyme that stems from bacteria from prehistoric times – so-called archaea – in the deep waters off Venezuela. The newly discovered enzyme PET46 is said to be able, unlike the previously known biocatalysts with the ability to break down plastics, to withstand warm temperatures and consequently to break down the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic more quickly. According to the research team, this special characteristic and other biochemical properties make PET46 a highly interesting candidate to combat plastic pollution, both in the sea and on the land.

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