The (Tethered) Cap in the Value Chain of Single-Use Plastics (SUP)

Otto Appel, PETnology, Germany

The world’s population is growing ever faster, which makes maintaining our supply of drinking water a major challenge. Alongside this growth, the average age of the population is also steadily rising — so issues of supply will be a pressing concern in the future. The problem is compounded by the fact that our resources are finite. For consumer products of every kind, this leaves us with no other option than to recycle all possible materials on a global scale. “Close the loop” is therefore one of the key aims for all materials streams. Consumers have long been aware of this in the context of climate change.