Rethinking how we make things is a challenge of global importance.
K-2022 Düsseldorf was a joy to witness:

the plastics and rubber sector finally exchanging novel and progressive ideas in person.

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. 

100% renewable kitchen gadgets and appliances by Philips and Borealis.

Next generation plastic solutions: caring for the future of our kids.


Our collective shift to a fully circular economy is this industry's most critical field of action. It is necessary to analyze materials, their components, and manufacturing processes, trace supply chains, analyze manufacturing conditions and strategize recycling.

Sandals out of two TPU components: Covestro

Two TPU parts are not what makes these shoes innovative, but the modularity and the fact that the modules stem from just one material, in addition to the information for returning them and keeping them in the loop. In that case, the sole that has suffered the most wear and tear can be replaced, and the straps exchanged.most wear & tear can be replaced, the straps exchanged and so on.  

The monomaterial approach: Evonik seat concept

Textiles, foam and hard components made of one material: Polyamide 12.

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.


Here is where we have a tremendous role as designers and an exciting challenge: Designing products with a great user experience, safe and, of course, stylish, but with an "End-of-Use-Experience." Whenever we design our products, we think about what will happen tomorrow when they are disposed of and how we can ensure this will always be possible.