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Virginia Janssens: Plastics Manufacturers’ Response to COVID-19 and Recovery Outlook

Virginia Janssens, Managing Director of PlasticsEurope, was recently interviewed by the Association of Hellenic Plastics Industries (AHPI) for its bimonthly magazine Plastics Chronicle. Looking back over the past months, the coronavirus has had a profound impact on our daily lives, from the way we work, interact with each other, take care of ourselves and of loved ones to how we learn, shop, entertain our kids, to name but a few.

A unique and sustainable portable charger

Gomi, a sustainable design studio located in Brighton in England, recently designed a portable charger made from plastic waste. Each charger is a unique, handmade item: it is made up of approximately 100 grams of plastics and its marbled colour varies according to the waste available at the time of manufacture.

VinylPlus®: Steering the PVC Industry Towards the Circular Economy

VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 771,313 tonnes of PVC in 2019 - more than 96% of the programme’s 2020 target. The PVC industry is well on track to meet VinylPlus’ ever more challenging recycling targets for 2025.

PlasticsEurope appoints Alicia Martín new General Manager in the Iberian Region

PlasticsEurope, the pan-European association of plastic manufacturers, has appointed Alicia Martín as the new General Manager for the Iberian Region, who will take office from June 1, 2020. Alicia has been linked to PlasticsEurope for more than 15 years both in the Iberian Region and at the headquarters of the association in Brussels.

In memoriam Dr Rüdiger Baunemann

It is with great sadness that PlasticsEurope needs to inform that Dr Rüdiger Baunemann, Director General of PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. passed away unexpectedly on 17 April 2020. Dr Baunemann headed PlasticsEurope Deutschland e. V. since 2011 and was, as such, responsible for both the German office and Central Region of PlasticsEurope.

Recyclamer, the aquatic vacuum

It is rectangular, covered with solar panels, can slip in anywhere and can manoeuvre in all directions. In a word, it is unique! Its name is Recyclamer, a solar-powered robot capable of cleaning up aquatic environments by collecting both solid and liquid waste.

The water bottle comes back into style

Long considered an old-fashioned object that summoned vague memories of camping trips and mountain hikes, and accordingly forgotten at the back of a wardrobe, the water bottle is now making a comeback.