This year’s winners together have made very remarkable progress in efficient design for recycling, which in turn paves the way for more recyclable plastic products and a truly circular use of plastics.
- Automotive, electrical or electronic product: Speed Home WLAN from Deutsche Telekom AG
- Product for building and construction: Circular green rope from Plastix A / S
- Household and leisure product: HÅG Capisco Puls – auburn color made from recycled snow plow markers by Flokk
- Plastic packaging product: Bottle without label, designed to be circular – 100% recyclable – 100% plastic recycled by SAEME for Danone Eaux France
- Product Technology Innovation: Reckitt Recyclable PP Trigger Sprayer
- Plastics Recycling Ambassador: Flor Peña Herron, Avery Dennison
- Recycling Machinery Innovation (joint winners): BritAS Recycling-Anlagen GmbH’s ABMF-PET-C & INTAREMA® TVEplus® RegrindPro® + ReFresher by EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.mbH
Winner of the award for automotive, electrical or electronic products, the Speed Home WLAN from Deutsche Telekom AG is made up of almost 100% recycled content from the WEEE (Waste Electrical & Environmental Equipment) stream. The judges praised this device for being a prime example of the circular use of plastics in the same class of everyday objects, while maintaining the visual appeal of the exterior design.
The circular green rope from Plastix, winner of building and construction products, shows that it is possible to successfully recycle fishing gear, an application that has proved difficult so far. This truly innovative and holistic cross-industry solution is both a key catalyst for the transition to the new circular plastics economy and a real business opportunity.
Flokk’s auburn-colored HÅG Capisco Puls made from recycled snow plow markers is this year’s home and leisure product award winner. The jury congratulated Flokk for his unwavering commitment to sustainable and sustainable furniture. The new chair features a 100% recycled post-consumer polypropylene seat and back shell, showing how waste plastics can be recycled into a desirable design without compromising its quality or functionality. The office chair also achieved very good results in terms of aesthetics, ergonomics and design. It allows different seating positions, for example to engage the legs, which is not possible with chairs of conventional design.
The recyclability of the packaging is the first step in ensuring that it will be recycled in a high quality closed loop application. The Evian label-less bottle designed to be circular by SAEME for Danone Eaux France is truly innovative packaging and winner of the Plastic Packaging Product category. Removing the label from the bottle minimizes the use of the packaging and facilitates the recycling process. The packaging obtains an A +++ score in the RecyClass analysis.
The Product Technology Innovation Award goes to Reckitt for its one-material PP trigger sprayer, a significant advancement in design to improve the recyclability of this popular product. Trigger sprays often contain multiple materials which can include metal or glass, making them difficult to recycle. The judges praised Reckitt for reducing the weight of this component and committing to going from 22 trigger sprayer variations to 3 and reducing the number of color variations from 42 to 6. This great design example for recycling sends an important signal for other companies to follow.
The 2021 Plastics Recycling Ambassador is Flor Peña Herron, Head of Sustainability and Circular Economy EMENA at Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. The judges praised Flor for paving the way for processors, label producers, the packaging industry and the entire value chain in his commitment to working to improve recyclability and recycling of plastic packaging in Europe. She relies on several platforms, including Petcore and RecyClass, and her passion and motivation are bringing real change in circular plastics manufacturing.
Two entries in the Recycling Machinery Innovation category obtained the same score from the jury, clearly ahead of all the other finalists, and the judges therefore decided to award the prize to both jointly.
Introduced to the market in October this year, Britas’ ABMF-PET-C (Automatic Belt Melting Filter) enables fully automated filtration of contaminants from plastic waste. For the first time, it enables continuous processing of post-consumer waste without stopping production, making it ideal for continuous processing and consistent pellet quality.
INTAREMA® TVEplus® RegrindPro® + ReFresher by EREMA Erema applies the company’s existing and highly successful ReFresher technology for the recycling of HDPE containers in contact with food. The judges recognized this innovation as a radical change in removing unwanted odors from plastic waste, allowing recycling to replace virgin plastics in high-end applications. This type of innovation is essential to meet the EU’s targets for the recycled content of plastics in contact with food.
Winners each receive a trophy, with a 3D printed base made from 100% recycled ABS plastic car dashboards and the multi-colored top that is laser cut from compressed HDPE beach cleaning bottle caps .