Rethinking how we make things is a challenge of global importance.
K-2022 Düsseldorf was a joy to witness:
More and more companies are adopting sustainable approaches. Digitalization, climate protection, and circular economy are just some topics covered. As the industry develops solutions for the global challenges of our time, it engages all stakeholders in a dialogue about the latest technologies and materials.
Every product is an integral part of a more extensive system, and we need to think in that way.
Some producers call their products and materials recyclable, which appear recyclable in theory. But unfortunately, manufacturers cannot recycle these "new alternatives" because the infrastructure or ecosystems to collect them does not yet exist.
Recycling companies told us they would still burn these materials when they sort them in their facilities despite the incredible material inventions.
The essential 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle - remain a long-term dream because we have yet to look at the problem from an ecosystem point of view.
The development of many great ideas and technologies is currently underway, but they still must be implemented adequately to make a real difference.