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LAMPS MADE OUT OF BOTTLES

PET bottles can also be used to produce lamps. And how? The Spanish designer Alvaro Catalán de Ocón shows us how. He designed stylish lamps around the used bottles as part of a project in Bogota in Columbia.

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BOTTLE CAPS IN THE BUMPER

The small runabout car Opel Adam is not only produced in Germany, it also offers a number of sustainable features. Old bottle caps from PET bottles have been made into car bumpers. Because the caps form the basis of a plastic granulate which is used to make, among other things, bumper mountings and headlamp housing.

Picture source: © GM Company

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PLASTIC CAPS TO SIT ON

The Capped Out Chair from BRC Design consists of hundreds of colourful bottle caps. Benjamin Rollins Caldwell developed this creative armchair with great attention to detail. The former bottle caps are attached together with zip ties over a steel construction giving the chair its special structure and colourful appearance.

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PET-ART AS AN INSPIRATION

The Czech artist Veronika Richterová shows just what you can do with PET bottles if you have creative and innovative ideas. She makes fascinating sculptures out of used PET bottles – animals, plants, chandeliers, sofas and even a bra are included in her collection. She enjoys working with PET bottles because of their transparency and lightness and also of course because they are available everywhere. Richterová's PET art has already been on display for visitors to admire in exhibitions throughout Europe.

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PET TO SIT ON – THE "111 NAVY CHAIR"

It was originally developed for use on US Navy ships, nowadays it is a classic design piece for dining rooms: the "Navy Chair" by Emeco. After 66 years, the company has decided to present the chair for indoors and outdoors in a new material and instead of using aluminium, to use recycled PET bottles. 111 bottles are delivered by Coca-Cola to make one chair. The new version from 60 percent recycled material is, thanks to PET, not only stylish but also environmentally friendly.

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A LITRE OF LIGHT

Used PET bottles can deliver even more – for example a light source for simple housings. How does it work? The idea comes from students from the University of St. Gallen. The plastic bottle is filled with water and a small amount of bleach and then installed in the roof of the hut so that half the bottle juts out above the top. The water in the bottle now diffuses the daylight in the entire room below the bottle. The illuminating power of the bottle is equivalent to a 55 watt light bulb.

More on the initiative Light of Light

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BOTTLE EMPTY, BUILD A WALL

Honduras, 2005. A poor village in the north of the province Yoro. A funny German guy walks around with brochures. He shows pictures of neat, colourful houses to poor people, the unemployed, day labourers who live in temporary, run-down huts. "You could also have one of these", he announces to the amazed village dwellers. It isn't much easier to believe him when he explains what the houses are made of and the conditions required to build them: you need lots of people. They need to have a lot of time to spare. And you need empty plastic bottles to build them.

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PET BOTTLES CAN SAVE LIVES

It sounds incredible and yet so simple. With the help of the sun's rays and PET bottles, water is sterilized and made drinkable. The water is filled in transparent PET or glass bottles which are laid in the sun for 6 hours. In this time, the UV rays of the sun kill the germs that cause diarrhoea. The so-called SODIS method helps to prevent diarrhoea and so saves human lives. This is urgently required because over 4,000 children die every day from diarrhoeal diseases.

More at www.sodis.ch

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MODERN PET ARCHITECTURE

The Taiwanese architect Arthur Huang developed a method in which plastic waste is moulded into hollow forms and can therefore be used again as building material. The walls of the "EcoArk" building in Taipeh consist of 1.5 million of these shapes.

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PRESS RELEASES

07/2020

For more recycled material in the PET material cycle Identification of the recycled content in PET beverage bottles Criteria for RAL quality mark for recyclable PET beverage packaging extended

Bonn/Bad Homburg, 22.07.2020 - For many people, PET bottles are a symbol of the pollution of the world's oceans and the death of thousands of seabirds and marine mammals. Politicians and consumers have long been demanding environmentally friendly packaging solutions to reduce the amount of plastic waste. Companies that have been awarded the RAL Quality Mark for Recyclable PET Beverage Packaging support this goal by using recycled PET material in the production of new PET beverage packaging and by striving to steadily increase this share. The criteria for the award of the RAL Quality Seal - the quality and testing regulations - cover the process steps in the chain of recyclable materials from the production of the recycled material to the production of new beverage packaging and filling. The award criteria have now been extended to the production of PET flakes, the cleaned and shredded material of used PET bottles, and adapted to the current state of the art. In addition, PET flakes manufacturers, the suppliers for granulate production, can now also receive the RAL quality mark. Also new: The RAL quality mark also indicates the recycled content in the bottles.

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05/2018

28.05.2018 “Ban on straws does not solve the marine litter problem” IK demands eliminating the causes instead of political gestures

The IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e. V. (German Association for Plastics Packaging and Films) rejects the proposed ban on selected plastic products announced today by the EU Commission. “With its far-reaching Plastics Strategy, announced at the start of the year, the EU Commission obliged all stakeholders in the value creation chain to share responsibility for sustainable recovery and reuse, thereby raising the bar considerably,” IK Managing Director Dr Jürgen Bruder explains.

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04/2018

Plastic packaging industry expects a strong second quarter in 2018

Bad Homburg, 10 April 2018 - The German plastics packaging producers continue to expect very good business in the second quarter of 2018. Although levels were already high in the first quarter, 40 percent of companies questioned continue to see increasing turnovers. Exports are also gaining momentum. Almost a quarter of all companies are expecting turnover growth in the next three months. Good economic growth in the EU countries have particularly contributed to this situation. However, almost half of all companies are forecasting higher raw material prices for the second quarter.

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02/2018

German plastics packaging manufacturers start new year very optimistic

Industry still fears locational disadvantages in the medium term

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02/2018

Recycling in Germany: PET bottles setting the trend

Bad Homburg (Germany), 14 February 2018 – PET beverage bottles already meet the key requirements in the current debate on plastic recycling. Germany’s firmly established recycling system from manufacturing to recycling PET bottles has played a decisive role, placing the German PET market ahead of the EU plastic strategy just published. This eliminates the issue of export restrictions applicable to plastic waste via China in PET bottle disposal.

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