Plastic recycling in the Closed-Loop Factory: from waste acceptance to product manufacture

Interview with Fridolin Pflüger, Co-Founder, HolyPoly

Exclusively for K-Mag

Image: Close-up of an old plastic mould housing part; Copyright: HolyPoly

Whether a product can be recycled at the end of its life must be analysed in detail. Ideally, recyclability should already be taken into account during product development. The start-up HolyPoly supports brand manufacturers in all the necessary steps. Copyright: HolyPoly


Image: Fridolin Pflüger; Copyright: HolyPoly

Fridolin Pflüger. Copyright: HolyPoly

Image: Inauguration of the Closed-Loop Factory; Copyright: HolyPoly

HolyPoly recently inaugurated the Closed-Loop Factory. Here, all processes relating to recycling can be modelled on a pilot plant scale. What is created here can then be transferred to industrial production processes. Copyright: HolyPoly

Image: manual sorting of plastic waste by colour; Copyright: HolyPoly

After collection, the disposed plastic products – in this case bottles and soothers from NUK – must first be sorted. They are then processed into recyclate, from which new products can be made. Copyright: HolyPoly

Image: Woman at work on an injection moulding machine; Copyright: HolyPoly

Only with the right processes can recyclates be produced that are comparable to the quality of new material. Copyright: HolyPoly

Image: Close-up of plastic in the shredder; Copyright: HolyPoly

Colour-sorted plastic waste is shredded ...

Image: Close-up of plastic regrind; Copyright: HolyPoly

... and processed into regrind. Copyright: HolyPoly

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Brand manufacturers can provide effective impetus to make the plastics industry more sustainable. HolyPoly focuses on these companies and supports them on their way to optimised recycling processes. Copyright: HolyPoly

Elena Blume (Editorial team K-Mag)

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