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Old fishing trawls to be turned into new plastic packaging

Schoeller Plast A/S has entered new major environmental partnership project with Plastix, Arla, Provice, and Plastic Change. The aim is to develop and test new plastic packaging made of 100% recycled plastic.

Schoeller Plast A/S—a Danish manufacturer of technical plastic products—has joined forces with several other large companies and interest groups to launch a new major environmental project. The aim is to develop and test new plastic packaging made of 100 per cent recycled plastic which meets requirements for traceability, purity and competitive production.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark’s Environmental Technology Development and Demonstration Programme (MUPD).

The project is particularly exciting because the new plastic packaging will be developed from worn-out fishing trawls and rope from fishing vessels. The project has appropriately been named ‘Oceanbox—trawl to box’. The project will run for 12 months and during this period, a wide range of technical analyses and production analyses will be carried out with a view to identifying the recyclability of the old fishing trawls and rope.

The background for the project is that all the project partners are experiencing a growing demand for circular plastic packaging solutions made from 100 per cent recycled plastic. Schoeller Plast has previously participated in similar development projects, where the company has gained valuable experience from the collection and recycling of plastic from consumers. Moreover, Schoeller Plast works on a daily basis with circular packaging solutions, and is therefore able to contribute knowledge about recyclable packaging as well as production know-how to the project.

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Jan Bybjerg Pedersen, Director of Sales and Business Development, is very pleased that Schoeller Plast is involved in the project:

“We are particularly thrilled to be working with such serious partners who cover the entire supply chain and all see the project as a unique opportunity for taking responsibility for utilizing our resources in new and better ways.”

Jan Bybjerg Pedersen goes on to say:

“It is great also to have an NGO like Plastic Change on board because they are helping to set the public agenda and highlight the environmental challenges to our natural world associated with all the waste generated, which again helps to strengthen focus on our joint project.”

The results of the first production tests are promising, but further tests will, of course, be required.

Written by MerkurNord, the marketing bureau of Scholler Plast A/S

Published 20 February 2019