POLYPROBLEM-Report – Treasure Hunt

The new POLYPROBLEM Report of the Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense TREASURE HUNT Faults and Flaws of the Recycling Market … AND A GLIMPSE INTO A POSSIBLE FUTURE The market for recycled plastics is broken - this is the central finding of the latest POLYPROBLEM topic report. “Treasure Hunt” is the second POLYRPOBLEM topic report of this year. This time, the report was conducted in cooperation with cirplus. Its goal is to not only summarize the situation regarding the recycling of plastics, but also to analyze the reasons that currently cause the plastics cycle to fail and to provide possible solutions for politics and industry. Annually, nearly 400 million tons of plastic are currently produced worldwide. However, less than ten percent consist of recycled material. Hence, it is still a long way to a properly functioning recycling industry. At first glance, the situation appears paradox: recycling companies complain about a lack of sales opportunities. At the same time, product manufacturers and plastics processors complain about a shortage of recyclates sufficient in quantity and quality. Supply and demand do not meet. In discussion with leading experts from business and science, this POLYPROBLEM topic report gets to the bottom of the demanding challenge. One of many problems with recycled plastics is, in fact, [...]

POLYPROBLEM-Report – The Waste of Others

The POLYPROBLEM Report of the Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense The Waste of Others About the responsibility for the flood of plastic in Asia   More than half of the plastic waste in the oceans is released into the environment from five Asian countries. And this despite the fact that the emerging and developing countries use much less plastic per capita of their population than the industrialized nations. The reason for the massive emissions is the predominantly inadequate waste management systems in the Global South. The new POLYPROBLEM Report by the Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense takes a close look at the omissions and opportunities. International comparative figures show it clearly: With increasing prosperity, the consumption of plastics is rising. However, waste management in developing regions is not growing at the same pace. If this development continues and the gap widens, the world will only be at the beginning of the plastic problem – regardless of the enormous public attention to the subject. In their new POLYPROBLEM Report “THE WASTE OF OTHERS”, the non-profit Röchling Foundation and the consulting firm Wider Sense have comprehensively examined why it has not yet been possible to establish a nationwide waste management system as a basis for recycling and circular waste management in emerging and [...]

Act on Plastic: It’s on!

Act on Plastic: It’s on! In a joint initiative, Soulbottles, Project Together and the Röchling Foundation are looking nationwide for startups and young initiatives with promising ideas and solutions for less plastic waste in nature. The aim is to sustainably strengthen the participating initiatives in a multi-stage support program. In the first, six-month phase, experienced coaches will help to further develop the solutions presented. Participants will have access to the initiators' expert network, workshops and webinars. During the second phase the best ones receive scholarships in order to bring their solutions to the market. Up until September 30th, initiatives and start-ups with promising solutions were able to apply for the nationwide challenge "Act on Plastic". 180 interesting applications were turned in upon deadline. The partners are very pleased with the high turnback and are looking forward to the the upcoming Phase I. For further information please visit: www.actonplastic.de

POLYPROBLEM – The Stakeholder Dialogue

POLYPROBLEM – The Stakeholder Dialogue Joining forces. Developing solutions together vs. launching individual projects. Combining the possibilities of business, science and civil society. Guided by the concept of Collective Impact, some 150 experts met at the invitation of Wider Sense (formerly Beyond Philanthropy) and the Röchling Foundation in Berlin, this March. The response to this event exceeded all expectations. Uwe Amrhein, Foundation Manager of the Röchling Foundation warmly welcomed all guests from politics, foundations, education and industry as comrades-in-arms, revealing the major aim of this event: Namely, bringing together structured ideas on how to approach a solution to the POLYPROBLEM of plastic and environment in a first step, followed by the aim to sediment first ideas for joint formats, tools and places all in style of the greater concept of Collective Impact. Uwe Amrhein welcoming the #stakeholders at our dialogue #plastic and #environment, #POLYPROBLEM @BePhilanthropy pic.twitter.com/ViM12fSCB8 — Röchling Siftung (@RoechlingST) March, 27 2019 With his lecture on The Age of Plastics, Dr. Franz Mauelshagen from the University of Duisburg, Center of Global Cooperation Research gave a historic head start into the day. He highlighted the history of an artificial material whose global distribution has become symbolic of an anthropocene - an age in which mankind has become a relevant factor for [...]

Interview with Helmut Schmitz, Head of Communications at Green Dot

Es gab mal eine Zeit, da hatte jeder Haushalt in Deutschland mit dem Grünen Punkt zu tun. 1990 baute das Unternehmen als Monopolist die weltweit erste flächendeckende Sammlung von Verpackungsabfall auf. Das so genannte Duale System sollte nach der Einführung der Verpackungsverordnung den Handel und die Industrie von der Rücknahme und Entsorgung aller Verkaufsverpackungen entlasten. Der Plan ging auf. Heute gibt es das Monopol nicht mehr, aber der Grüne Punkt steht noch immer symbolisch für eine systematische Erfassung und Verwertung von Verbrauchsverpackungen. Gerade das Fehlen vergleichbarer Systeme in den Schwellenländern Südostasiens gilt als eine der wesentlichen Ursachen für Plastik in der Umwelt. Eine Delegation der Röchling Stiftung stattete dem noch immer sehr erfolgreichen Recyclingunternehmen einen Besuch ab und sprach mit Kommunikationschef Helmut Schmitz über lokale und globale Aufgaben.

Students from all over the Globe Start a Joint Research Program

Welche Auswirkungen hat Mikroplastik auf Meeresorganismen? Das ist die zentrale Forschungsfrage im Rahmen des Forschungs- und Ausbildungsprogramms GAME am GEOMAR Helmholz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel. 17 Studierende aus neun verschiedenen Ländern arbeiten gemeinsam daran. Die Röchling Stiftung unterstützt das Programm und war beim Auftakt in Kiel dabei.

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