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Even better for the environment: TOTAL to expand range of recycled materials

Hamburg, 22 August 2017 – The issue of sustainability is not only a trend, it’s a megatrend. In the plastics industry, too, demand for innovative products made of recycled materials is constantly on the rise – a development that Nordmann, Rassmann GmbH can confirm first-hand. The Hanseatic company already carries a wide-ranging selection with TOTAL’s polypropylene heterophasic copolymers (PPC) and high-density polyethylenes (HDPE), but its portfolio is about to be further expanded with the addition of a new type of polystyrene that also contains recycled material.

In addition to TOTAL's rPE range of natural-colored HDPE that has a high proportion of post-consumer waste (25 and 50%) and its natural, gray or black HDPE and PPC which contain at least 85% recycled content, the company has also finished successful testing of polystyrene with 20% recycled content. Based on this testing, TOTAL is now initiating projects to develop methods for managing contamination in recyclate streams.

TOTAL's main focus is on the packaging industry. Environmentally-friendly solutions are being requested more and more frequently, especially in the case of high-quality consumer goods. To produce blow-molded and high-performance containers for household and industrial fluids, for instance, rPE 6407 and rPE 6306 now make ideal choices.

Eco-friendly production
The recycled contents of TOTAL's materials are taken from household waste collected in Western European countries. After the waste has been recycled by its partner companies, TOTAL then carries out a final and thorough decontamination process of the materials to ensure that the finished polymers are absolutely odorless. The recycled materials possess the same properties as virgin ones, but with a clear advantage: making the environmental footprint greener.