From used caps to highlighters

Joint recycling project announced by STABILO, Coca-Cola and Interseroh

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+++ Producing the STABILO GREEN BOSS highlighter with the recycled plastic “Procyclen” saves up to 50 per cent greenhouse gas emissions

+++ The material comes from used caps from Coca-Cola bottles

Cologne/Berlin: STABILO, one of the world’s leading producers of writing instruments, has started a plastic recycling project together with soft-drink manufacturer Coca-Cola and recycling service provider Interseroh that could set a precedent. For the first time, STABILO is making highlighters from used caps of Coca-Cola bottles. STABILO is marketing the highlighter, with a recycled “Procyclen” plastic content of up to 83 per cent, under the name STABILO GREEN BOSS. The recycled plastic “Procyclen” was developed by INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH, a subsidiary of the international recycling specialists and raw materials supplier ALBA Group.

Coca-Cola bottle used caps are particularly suited as a starting material for producing the highlighters because their plastic was originally approved for food products and therefore meets STABILO’s particular requirements concerning health considerations. As part of their Germany-wide process of preparing returned PET bottles for refilling, Coca Cola collects the bottle caps and supplies them as an unmixed recyclable material for highlighter production. “For this reason, it quickly became clear to us that we had found a source of plastic that met our needs perfectly,” says Peter Satzinger, Manager Global Engineering, STABILO International GmbH.

Interseroh uses a proprietary process to turn the Coca-Cola caps into Procyclen, the multi-award-winning recycled plastic. “What makes Procyclen special is that this recycled plastic meets all of the expectations placed on a high-quality product thanks to its unique formulation and is absolutely equivalent to new materials produced from oil. But it has a far better raw material, energy and climate protection balance,” says Dr. Manica Ulcnik-Krump, Head of Recycled-Resource Research and Development at Interseroh. Scientists at Fraunhofer UMSICHT reported that the greenhouse gases released during production can be reduced by up to 50 per cent when Procyclen is used instead of granulate that has not been recycled. Ulcnik-Krump: “Using Procyclen is therefore the best choice when it comes to sustainability.”

“When it comes to innovative packaging solutions, we are constantly working on making our bottles lighter, and we have a strategy of using recycled materials and plant-based raw materials and naturally also of multiple usage of materials by reusing and recycling them. It is all the more gratifying for us that we, together with our partners, have found a high-quality way to further process our screw caps, says Sanam Moayedi-Stummer, Director Procurement, Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH.

STABILO is marketing the highlighter in four colors as part of its “green range” under the name STABILO GREEN BOSS. The STABILO GREEN BOSS can be refilled using the STABILO BOSS refill and is the first product to result from the cooperation between STABILO, Coca-Cola and Interseroh. More products are to follow.

STABILO International is one of the leading manufacturers of writing instruments in Europe and continues to set standards for writing, coloring, drawing and highlighting – such as with the STABILO BOSS, with over 2 billion highlighters sold worldwide.

With a sales volume of almost 3.9 billion liters (2015), Coca-Cola European Partners Deutschland GmbH (CCEP DE) is the largest German beverage company. They are responsible for bottling, selling and distributing Coca-Cola brand products in Germany. CCEP DE serves approx. 370,000 retail and catering customers and has around 9,000 employees. CCEP DE is part of Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), one of the leading producers of consumer goods in Europe. CCEP caters to over 300 million consumers in twelve countries with a wide range of alcohol-free beverages. You can find out more about sustainability at Coca-Cola at: http://nachhaltigkeitsbericht.coca-cola.de/

Next to ALBA, Interseroh is one brand under the umbrella of the ALBA Group. The ALBA Group operates with a total of about 7,500 employees within Germany, Europe and Asia. With an annual turnover of 2.45 billion Euros (2014) ALBA Group is one of the leading recycling and environmental services companies as well as raw material providers worldwide. Further information on ALBA Group can be found at www.albagroup.de. All press releases of the ALBA Group may be subscribed to via RSS feed at www.albagroup.de/presse.

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