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How to reduce plastic waste: innovative process promises recycling of single-use face masks

Interview with Dr Alexander Hofmann, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT

01.03.2022

Image: Man in suit with blue shirt smiles at camera; Copyright: Fraunhofer UMSICHT

Dr Alexander Hofmann

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Image: Several mannequin heads wearing different medical masks; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf
Image: A graphic showing the individual stages of closed-loop recycling between P&G, the Fraunhofer Institute and SABIC; Copyright: SABIC/Fraunhofer

The masks that ended up in the trash at Procter & Gamble were converted to pyrolysis oil at the Fraunhofer, which SABIC then used again to make nonwoven fabric for new disposable masks.

Image: Several medical masks as well as other disposable waste products in a trash can; Copyright: PantherMedia / Fotofabrika

Recycling makes perfect sense, especially in the medical sector, considering the amount of waste that accumulates due to disposable products.

Image: Woman with short hair smiling - Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private

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