Plastic Zero and Danish Design Centre in cooperation
25 March 2013
Since august 2012 Plastic Zero has
had an innovative cooperation with Danish Design Centre in the
Project "Radical reduction of plastic waste".
The purpose of the project is to
reduce the amount of plastic waste, primarily with focus on
packaging waste. Denmark is the country in Europe that produces the
most waste per citizen. Statistics have shown that the largest
proportion of plastic waste comes from packaging from households
making this fraction an interesting subject of
In cooperation with representatives
from the packaging manufacturing business, retailers, food
producers, and municipalities, focus has been put into innovative
solutions for handling of the plastic waste. The initial point was
an anthropological study of 8 families' handling of waste.
Furthermore, two design companies have had the challenges to invent
concepts for handling of the waste, based on the findings from the
study. The participating companies have been, RCP Superfos, COOP,
Arla and Sticks'n sushi. Two municipalities have also participated,
City of Vejle, and the City of Copenhagen. Furthermore the
organisations DAKOFA, The Danish Plastic industry, Copenhagen
Cleantech Clusters and DTU nanotech has participated in workshops,
and supported the project with knowledge.
The output has been a high level of
knowledge sharing, and four concrete concepts.
- A closed loop recycling system of
- A waste information
- A take-away-and-come-back solution on
sushi take-away packaging
- A user-involved motivation-driven
sorting by citizens, driven by municipalities.
Next step will be to test two
selected and promising concepts. The cases that will be tested are,
in cooperation with Sticks'n sushi, a take-back solution on their
take-away packaging, and, in cooperation with RCP Superfos a
take-back and reuse system of plastic paint buckets. In each case
the best reuse or recycling option will be considered, and
evaluated with a lifecycle assessment. Furthermore there will be
made a business case on each tested solution.
Plastic Zero is looking forward
to continued cooperation and development of innovative solutions
that will lead to more and better reuse of plastic and CO2