Therefore, from 8 to 14 November 2021, the Pöppelmann Researchers' Week on the topic of "Plastics and Recycling" took place at the Lohne Industrial Museum. The aim was to educate young people about plastics and recycling.
Your company hosted a Research Week at the Industrial Museum Lohne. What was the event’s background?
Julia Uptmoor: At Pöppelmann, we believe a true circular economy is the economic model of the future. To drive progress and achieve milestones in the practice area of work, we developed the PÖPPELMANN blue® initiative where we bundle all company activities to create a completely closed raw material cycle. Today we have several projects that implement the circular economy in our business successfully: this includes plant pots created in a closed material loop and high-precision technical series components made from recycled household waste materials. Our Research Week aimed to highlight the practical application of true circular economy methods. We also wanted to emphasize that a circular economy can only be achieved if everyone – including children – makes a crucial contribution. This entails knowledge about the history and basics of recycling, starting with the proper handling of waste. It is the key requirement to ensure continued reuse of materials, thus conserving valuable raw material to close the material loop.
This provided the context for our Research Week event, where we invited plastics scientists aged eight and over to gain first-hand experience in plastics and sustainability at various child-friendly hands-on interactive learning displays. Pöppelmann apprentices were excited to take charge of the activity stations.