The “Eco Design of Plastics Packaging” Round Table is an initiative of experts from businesses operating along the entire plastics packaging supply chain (packaging manufacturers, food and consumer goods sector, retailing) as well as scientific and consumer protection organisations.

Round-Table Ecodesign

Round Table

    • Cooperation follows defined rules based on the principles of consensus and confidentiality.
    • The aim is to achieve Eco Design of plastic packaging, primarily by developing guidelines and recommendations for players in the value chain.


Host association

Packaging manufacturers

Dr. Isabell Schmidt
Dr. Isabell SchmidtIK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.
Johannes Wedi
Johannes WediBischof + Klein GmbH & Co. KG
Michael Schmitz
Michael SchmitzJokey group
Dr. Michael Heyde
Dr. Michael HeydeALPLA

Brand manufacturers

Commerce and retail

Dr. Thorsten Leopold
Dr. Thorsten LeopoldHenkel AG & Co. KGaA
Dr. Jochen Hertlein
Dr. Jochen HertleinNestlé Deutschland AG
Dr. Günther Kabbe
Dr. Günther KabbeREWE Zentral AG

(Bis März 2019)

Rainer Würz
Rainer Würztegut … gute Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG

Plastics Recycling / dual systems

Scientific organisations

Consumer protection organisations

Dr. Michael Scriba
Dr. Michael ScribaConsultant Circular Economy
Dr. Ina-Maria Becker
Dr. Ina-Maria BeckerDer Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
Prof. Dr. Horst Langowski
Prof. Dr. Horst LangowskiFraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV (in retirement)
Dirk Jepsen
Dirk JepsenÖkopol Institut für Ökologie und Politik
Philip Heldt
Philip HeldtVerbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen


Round Table definition of Eco Design

Eco Design of packaging…

  • Aims to minimise the environmental impacts of packaging and packed goods over their entire Product life cycle.
  • Is  part of the decision-making process for developing and marketing a packaged product.
  • Takes in a holistic view of the entire packaging system (primary, secondary and tertiary packaging).
  • Ranges from incremental product improvements (e.g. material reduction) to process innovations (e.g. optimised goods logistics and Waste recycling).
  • Addresses Conflicting goals at various levels:
    • Between various environmental factors (e.g. using less material vs recyclability).
    • Between environmental and other factors (e.g. functionality, consumer protection and costs).


Plastic packages fulfil a whole range of functions, thereby making an important contribution towards a sustainable economy and way of life.

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