ROUND TABLE EXPERTS’ INITIATIVE

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.

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    • 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.

EXPERTS

Host association

Packaging manufacturers

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Dr. Jürgen BruderIK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.
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Dr. Isabell SchmidtIK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V.
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Johannes WediBischof + Klein GmbH & Co. KG
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Michael SchmitzJokey group
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Dr. Michael HeydeALPLA
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Brand manufacturers

Commerce and retail

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Dr. Thorsten LeopoldHenkel AG & Co. KGaA
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Dr. Jochen HertleinNestlé Deutschland AG
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Dr. Günther KabbeREWE Zentral AG
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(Bis März 2019)

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Rainer Würztegut … gute Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG
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Plastics recycling / dual systems

Scientific organisations

Consumer protection organisations

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Dr. Michael Scribamtm plastics GmbH
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Dr. Ina-Maria BeckerDer Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
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Prof. Dr. Horst LangowskiFraunhofer-Institut für Verfahrenstechnik und Verpackung IVV
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Dirk JepsenÖkopol Institut für Ökologie und Politik
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Philip HeldtVerbraucherzentrale Nordrhein-Westfalen
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ECO DESIGN OF PLASTIC PACKAGING

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).

WHAT IS THE POINT OF PLASTIC PACKAGING?

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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