Re-production of plates
Purpose and goal
The purpose was to generate solutions where resource efficiently can be developed through a business model and commodity supply according to the principles of circular economy. The project has shown that even single manufacturers can lead development by creating business models according to the circular model and satisfying customer needs with significantly lower consumption of physical resources. The project has contributed to increased understanding of how a circular economy can be achieved.
Expected results and effects
Recycling of plastic in a closed loop can result in increased recycling and reduced value losses. Recycling of repeated-use plates made in co-polyester (PCTG) in seven cycles were studied. Tests showed that food safety not was affected and only a limited deterioration of the plastic material was found. Energy and climate performance were compared to the traditional linear flow of resources, and to systems with plates made of melamine and of glass in a life-cycle perspective. Finally, the circulation model were notified to EFSA for a statement.
Planned approach and implementation
Working with the business model, it has become apparent that public procurement, as often implemented today, do not support circular models to the extent they could. Often the way to put the questions does not fit circular business models. This has resulted in a new project carried out in 2018-19.