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Exploration of a deposit bottle return system for liquid home and personal care products

Ehlen, Franziska (2023) Exploration of a deposit bottle return system for liquid home and personal care products.

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Abstract:The increased mass production, use and waste of single-use packaging has caused a strain on the planet. Many organizations have called out increasing environmental issues. Solutions for better waste management currently lie in recycling though many barriers exist, including packaging designs hindering recycling, labelling that causes unclear sorting, cross contamination of recycling streams and low quality of recycled plastic. In the last years, the concept of reuse has arisen again as a solution to the waste crisis. This paper collects data from reuse standards, established beverage return systems, packaging tests and stakeholder discussions to create guidelines for the design of a returnable liquid home and personal care bottle. The findings are summarized in an interactive handbook. Evaluations of the handbook provided first insights into the educative usefulness of the book for packaging engineers working on reuse projects. Using the handbook, a design case study is performed to develop a standardized, returnable bottle design for home and personal care products.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Programme:Industrial Design Engineering MSc (66955)
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