Essity is a leading global player in personal care.
Axel Fischer, Head of Public Relations INGEDE e.V.
KURZ transfer finishings perform well in tests: As early as 2017, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, INGEDE, confirmed that the tested KURZ qualities are deinkable. We also know that our surface finishing is usually easily detected by sorting machines. The prerequisite for this is, of course, that the cardboard boxes themselves meet the conditions for sustainability and recycling. The fact that many finishings from KURZ are compostable is proven by their DIN EN 13432 certification.
To determine whether we can also reach the fourth stage of the recycling pyramid, we started a large-scale waste study. We were able to work with renowned partners on this project: The INGEDE association and the hygiene paper manufacturer Essity, the company behind major brands such as Tempo and Zewa.
To find answers, we set ourselves a mammoth task: We collected and recycled 25 metric tons of paper and checked the result.
The tests provided a clear answer to the outstanding questions regarding the 4th level of the recycling pyramid: Is the recycled material accepted by recyclers? Can it be used to create a new, high-quality product?
Dr. Markus von Beyer, Global Head of Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability at KURZ, proudly stresses, “Such an elaborate approach to the reusability of industrial waste is unique in the industry so far, and it’s probably not so easy to copy us.”
In practice, this means: Recycled paper companies or paper mills that have their own deinking facility can accept processors’ mono-fractions and produce a high-quality product from them. And there’s more good news: Because the recycled material is of such high quality, the processors are even paid for it by the paper companies.
We answered the question “Can our end product with KURZ decorations be recycled?” with a resounding “yes” overall! However, this insight doesn’t just benefit us. At KURZ, we always focus on our customers. We are all the more pleased that all companies involved in the process benefit from this case study
When partnering with the KURZ Group, you can always feel confident that you and your product are our top priority. To this end, we provide you with complete support for all your recycling questions from a single source: From product concept to application methods and recycling of waste.
Did you know that you can also recycle the residual KURZ transfer finishing products? Since 2020, we have been offering you a return and recycling system for PET carriers that is unique in the world: KURZ RECOSYS® converts residual transfer carriers into high-quality injection molding material. This is another step towards sustainability.
We accompany you on your journey to a circular economy – after all, we not only supply you with proven and environmentally friendly finishings, but we also advise you in the areas of sustainability and recycling!