The aluminium used in the pouch itself (approx. 63% of the packaging) can be recovered. This is done by pyrolysis. In waste incineration plants and other installations, e.g. cement plants, pouches are thermally recycled. This means that the pouches can then be used as fuel, which in return leads to savings of fossil fuels like oil and coal. In nearly all of these plants, the energy released during the incineration process is used, for example, in the form of electrical energy, heat, and/or process steam.
The lid of the pouch (approx. 37% of the packaging) is 100% made from the monomaterial polyethylene (PE) and can be recycled directly. It is designed in such a way that it cannot be swallowed.
Why is HiPP not using more bioplastics?
In general, HiPP is constantly working on improving its packaging systems. HiPP also already uses cellulose-based packaging materials. Alternative packaging solutions are introduced if they do not jeopardize the quality of the product. Currently, however, there are still areas where no bioplastics meet HiPP’s requirements satisfactorily.
Although plastics from renewable raw materials solve the problem of dependence on fossil fuels, they are not completely unproblematic. For the moment, the focus is primarily on the environmental impact of farming and the lack of traceability of social criteria.