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Climate crisis: Why are we looking away, even though we can still prevent the catastrophe? 1920 768 flustix

Climate crisis: Why are we looking away, even though we can still prevent the catastrophe?

The Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up” is polarizing. If you look at the various rating portals on the Internet, you will notice that there are only a few differentiated ratings – but the number of top and flop ratings is high in each case. This phenomenon also describes the state of our society. While some…

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Microplastic-free, no particulate matter: The ZEDU-1 is set to become the greenest car of all time 1920 768 flustix

Microplastic-free, no particulate matter: The ZEDU-1 is set to become the greenest car of all time

All in all, cars remain a major source of pollution: Not only exhaust gases, but also particulate matter and microplastic emissions are among the causes of mobility-related environmental pollution. A prototype designed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) is intended to provide a remedy: Together with two specialized companies, the institute has developed a vehicle…

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Five pieces of news that give hope that we can still save the climate 1920 768 flustix

Five pieces of news that give hope that we can still save the climate

The daily news about extreme weather disasters, deadly forest fires, melting glaciers and climate crisis denying heads of state are inflationary and disillusioning – we from flustix therefore also look at the positive things. Here are five pieces of news that give us hope that our efforts for a better world are worthwhile. Measures against…

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Greenpeace trackers expose illegal waste exports from Germany 1920 768 flustix

Greenpeace trackers expose illegal waste exports from Germany

Do German companies continue to export plastic waste to Turkey and Southeast Asia despite the ban? Research by Greenpeace suggests that they do: using trackers, the environmental protection organization has followed plastic waste shipments from Germany. About a third of the samples ended up abroad. One trail leads to Turkey With the hidden tracking devices,…

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Acting ecologically and socially: flustix joins the German Sustainable Business Association 1920 768 flustix

Acting ecologically and socially: flustix joins the German Sustainable Business Association

Ecology, social issues and economic efficiency belong together: This is proven by the German Sustainable Business Association BNW. Founded in 1992, the association differs from other classic business associations. Because the acting boards are not employees of the association, but personally liable partners, managing directors or owners of their own companies. What does the association…

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Greenwashing? Customer sues the fast-fashion giant H&M 1920 768 flustix

Greenwashing? Customer sues the fast-fashion giant H&M

The Swedish fashion company H&M is facing a serious lawsuit in the USA. The accusation of a customer: Greenwashing. H&M had falsely declared the sustainability of its garments and therefore caused economic damage to the plaintiff. This was reported by the weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT in its anti-greenwashing column. The case had already been revealed…

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Sustainability? When it comes to making one’s own contribution, the mind goes blank 1920 768 flustix

Sustainability? When it comes to making one’s own contribution, the mind goes blank

ATTITUDE WITH BISS The epitome of a waste of time are discussions with stubborn climate change deniers about the climate crisis. Apart from irrefutable scientific findings, one’s own eyes, combined with a minimal portion of intellect, are enough to understand: All of the worn-out descriptions from five to 12 to five past 12 no longer…

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Packaging industry celebrates a green trade show – but how sustainable and innovative is Fachpack? 1920 768 flustix

Packaging industry celebrates a green trade show – but how sustainable and innovative is Fachpack?

SUMMARY For flustix on site at the fair: Xenia Kersten, Malte Biss and Krzysztof Babel. The Fachpack is the most important trade fair for the packaging industry in Europe. The flustix team was on site, looked around for three days, and now draws a conclusion: The color green dominates, the transformation of the industry is…

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Why do we have too little waste paper, even though the garbage cans are always overflowing? 1920 768 flustix

Why do we have too little waste paper, even though the garbage cans are always overflowing?

15 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Our “pet” is black on the bottom and blue on top. When we travel, it must be cared for, guarded and moved by dear neighbors. It is our paper garbage can. It is emptied only once a month. If that should go wrong just once, we will sink into cardboard chaos:…

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After deposit bottles, now come deposit bags: Start-up launches smart reusable system for mail order business 1920 768 flustix

After deposit bottles, now come deposit bags: Start-up launches smart reusable system for mail order business

INNOVATIONS The mail order business is booming, despite the economic crisis, several million packages are sent through Germany every day. In 2021, there were a total of almost four billion shipments of goods – a record. As a result, unimaginable amounts of packaging waste have to be disposed of. The cluttered waste paper containers are…

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We need plastic – up to a certain limit that we must not exceed 1920 768 flustix

We need plastic – up to a certain limit that we must not exceed

ATTITUDE WITH BISS I recently read something about an impressive comparison on the subject of plastic. Between the years 1950 and 2015, 8.3 billion tons of plastic were produced worldwide. That equates to more than a ton for every person currently living on the planet. One ton of plastic for every person in the world…

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Plastic without borders: Microplastics confirmed in breast milk 1920 768 flustix

Plastic without borders: Microplastics confirmed in breast milk

NEU STUDY Plastics are unstoppably making their way through: for the first time, researchers have now detected microplastics in breast milk. Of the 34 samples examined, 26 were contaminated. Frightening: Because no connection with the diet or the use of certain personal care products of the mothers could be proven, the research team assumes that…

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Climate protection: discounter supports recycling with new campaign 1920 768 flustix

Climate protection: discounter supports recycling with new campaign

INNOVATIONS In the Corona year 2020, private households in Germany generated 78 kilograms of packaging waste per capita. That was an average of six kilograms more per person than in 2019 – as reported by the Federal Statistical Office in the spring of this year. A large proportion of this packaging comes from food retailing.…

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The new EU consumer protection regulation hits the packaging industry 1920 768 flustix

The new EU consumer protection regulation hits the packaging industry

” Some will need to reorient themselves” FLUSTIX FOUNDER MALTE BISS IN INTERVIEW Exploding prices for raw materials, a threatening energy crisis, changing purchasing behavior and new requirements for sustainability – the packaging industry is facing enormous challenges. Topics that will be in focus at the upcoming FACHPACK 2022 trade fair and are likely to…

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Transparent solar cells: Will solar energy from window glass save us from the climate collapse? 1920 768 flustix

Transparent solar cells: Will solar energy from window glass save us from the climate collapse?

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts Das Erreichen der Klimaziele wird immer unwahrscheinlicher Achieving the climate targets is becoming increasingly unlikely Because Germany is once again relying more heavily on fossil fuels in the energy crisis, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that we will achieve the goals we have set. A catastrophe that we are…

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EU plans to ban greenwashing 1920 768 flustix

EU plans to ban greenwashing

Will these four advertising tricks soon be banned? From “climate-positive” to “plastic-negative” – clever marketing professionals cannot be accused of lacking creativity when it comes to putting a product’s alleged sustainability attributes in the shop window. The upcoming amendment of the EU Consumer Protection Regulation will also regulate green claiming in the future and will…

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Editorial to the September newsletter 150 150 flustix

Editorial to the September newsletter

Dear Reader, The packaging industry is facing a huge transformation: more must be packaged with less effort. The impact of raw material consumption and production must be reduced, and the recycling rate must be increased. How can this be achieved? We expect answers to these questions at FACHPACK 2022, the most important trade exhibition for…

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Which packaging is the real environmental winner? 1920 768 flustix

Which packaging is the real environmental winner?

Sustainability duel in the supermarket Glass, cardboard, cans or bio-plastic – what constitutes sustainable packaging? Many customers have already lost the overview and thrown in the towel. We explain which packaging is really sustainable, how to unmask cheating packaging – and what creative ideas manufacturers have for implementing the packaging trends of the future. Gummi…

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Zero Waste! Recycling doctor saves cardboard from the paper waste container 953 375 flustix

Zero Waste! Recycling doctor saves cardboard from the paper waste container

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts The recycling rate is high, almost as if there were a deposit on it: collecting paper and cardboard and disposing of it in the waste paper container is something we can do. Up to 98 percent of the circulating paper in Germany gets recycled. A prime example of recycling…

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Five award-winning school projects that have real impact 1920 768 flustix

Five award-winning school projects that have real impact

SUSTAINABLE AT SCHOOL Sustainable consumption, waste avoidance, upcycling, recycling, energy saving, climate-friendly mobility – there are countless ways in which each of us can contribute to climate protection. The topic has also long been on the curriculum in schools. The flustix editorial team has discovered five projects that are truly exemplary. “Vegetable Ackerdemie” in the…

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Why should I take cold showers when the others don’t either? 1920 768 flustix

Why should I take cold showers when the others don’t either?

Attitude with Biss We are experiencing a crisis that threatens our security and prosperity. How will we pay the next heating bill? What happens if we run out of gas in the winter? Questions to which there are no simple answers, and certainly no satisfactory ones.  In order to have as little recourse as possible…

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The sustainability check at the end of the vacations: How much does plastic-free school equipment cost? 1920 768 flustix

The sustainability check at the end of the vacations: How much does plastic-free school equipment cost?

Living sustainably can be expensive. That also applies to the upcoming start of school. Admittedly, when it comes to buying a satchel made from recycled PET bottles, you have to swallow hard in the face of hefty prices. But not all sustainable school supplies are expensive. The flustix editorial team has rummaged through catalogs and…

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Are mega festivals still in tune with the times? 1920 768 flustix

Are mega festivals still in tune with the times?

The first festival summer is almost over, the big events inspired hundreds of thousands of music fans after two years of Corona break. Hurricane, Rock am Ring, Rock im Park, Parookaville, Deichbrand, and Wacken Open Air – are mega-events with very different target groups, but all with the same problem: sustainability and festivals don’t go…

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Even with recycled jewelry, not all that glitters is gold 1920 768 flustix

Even with recycled jewelry, not all that glitters is gold

Gold is one of the most sought-after precious metals. Gold jewelry expresses special appreciation for the person receiving the gift. Investments in gold reserves are considered particularly safe. The term gold has positive symbolic power. If something is “worth its weight in gold”, then it is particularly valuable. Today, we turn the gold medal around…

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Editorial to the august newsletter 150 150 flustix

Editorial to the august newsletter

Dear people, Most of us are still in the middle of our summer vacations, but in the northern states it will soon start again: the next school year begins. With every new start, mountains of fresh plastic pile up again in our schoolbags and classrooms. Even during my early school days – and they began…

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What is bioplastic? 907 605 Flustix

What is bioplastic?

The word “bio” in bioplastic gives the impression that it is better or more environmentally friendly than regular plastic. But is it true? What exactly is bioplastic, anyway? What differences are there and why you should not dispose of it in the bio garbage can? Find out here. What is bioplastic made of and what…

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First unpackaged delivery service brings plastic-free shopping 953 375 flustix

First unpackaged delivery service brings plastic-free shopping

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts Food delivery services are the big thing in Germany’s big cities: Gorillas, Flink and Getir are their names, and they bring groceries home in a matter of minutes. Their sustainability record is mediocre: Fruit and vegetables are often packed in plastic, and the groceries come in disposable bags. This…

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Zero Waste! Cooking classes against food waste 953 375 flustix

Zero Waste! Cooking classes against food waste

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts Put an end to the insane waste of food – that is the concern of the Berlin-based chef Thore Hildebrandt. Hildebrandt, who actually studied banking, is a zero-waste chef. This means that he conjures up delicious dishes from food that is thrown away in other kitchens. And he uses…

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What can be put in the yellow garbage can? This list will really help you 1920 768 flustix

What can be put in the yellow garbage can? This list will really help you

RECYCLING from A to Z The “Waste Separation Initiative” explains what belongs in the yellow bag or the yellow garbage can. The initiative knows what they are talking about, as they are the mouthpiece of the companies that operate the dual system. The Green Dot is also part of the dual system. Aluminum, tin and…

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Mystery yellow bag – what makes it so difficult for us to separate waste 953 375 flustix

Mystery yellow bag – what makes it so difficult for us to separate waste

DEEP DIVE RECYCLING GARBAGE CAN By Ulrike Seidel More than 30 years after the introduction of packaging recycling, we have plenty of garbage cans, containers and bags on our streets, but we are still often confused: What exactly belongs in the yellow garbage can? Why are crown caps made of metal allowed in there, but…

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The nation’s nag has made us the world champion in disposable deposits 1920 768 flustix

The nation’s nag has made us the world champion in disposable deposits

ATTITUDE WITH BISS When it comes to PET bottles, we are world champions. We get 25 cents per bottle, so nothing is left lying around. The return rate is more than 97 percent. The recycled material is unmixed and in demand like hotcakes: Foil manufacturers, textile producers and other industries are scrambling for the old…

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Do you have to rinse out tomato cans before they go into the yellow garbage can? 1920 768 flustix

Do you have to rinse out tomato cans before they go into the yellow garbage can?

DEEP DIVE RECYCLING GARBAGE CAN We at flustix have collected 14 questions for you, which also come up again and again when it comes to waste separation in our own household. Do I have to rinse yogurt pots or tomato cans? No, packaging does not have to be rinsed out before disposal. That would only…

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Is organic waste still organic if it’s in a plastic bag? 1920 768 flustix

Is organic waste still organic if it’s in a plastic bag?

Here you will find all lists for your waste from paper, glass, organic waste – and the residual waste. The list with all recyclables for the yellow garbage can you can find here PAPER BIN For all packaging and non-packaging made of paper, cardboard or carton, however, excluding food waste. CORRECT Packaging: Roll, butcher and…

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Fire hazard! Lithium batteries have absolutely nothing to do in the trash bin 1920 768 flustix

Fire hazard! Lithium batteries have absolutely nothing to do in the trash bin

RECYCLING Simply disposing of a broken smartphone or a defective cordless screwdriver in the trash is a fire hazard. Most of the electrical appliances we use every day contain lithium batteries. Although they are extremely powerful, they can easily catch fire if handled or disposed of incorrectly. For this reason, the general rule is: never…

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Editorial to the July newsletter 150 150 flustix

Editorial to the July newsletter

Dear people, a heated discussion has flared up about the German recycling system. It was triggered by the ARD documentary “Die Recyclinglüge” (The Recycling Lie), which was broadcast in mid-June. The two authors Tom Costello and Benedikt Wermter take an all-round look and come to the conclusion: the recycling industry has failed. Our efforts to…

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Anti-greenwashing law: Will false eco-promises soon be banned? 1920 768 flustix

Anti-greenwashing law: Will false eco-promises soon be banned?

Climate-friendly and sustainable – what exactly is that? In Germany, almost any product or service can be advertised with green slogans, regardless of whether it has an impact on the environment. This will soon come to an end: the EU is working on an anti-greenwashing law. It’s about time. Because the green promises of some…

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Slow Fashion thanks to Secondhand 820 312 flustix

Slow Fashion thanks to Secondhand

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts Secondhand instead of buying anew or throwing away. If you don’t feel like digging through flea markets, you can browse through the closets of like-minded people from the comfort of your own home using an app or make room for new textile treasures in your own closet. In addition…

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Impact Startup against Greenwashing 820 312 flustix

Impact Startup against Greenwashing

Innovations recommended by the flustix experts This startup also takes on some big players: Flip checks sustainability promises and uncovers cases of greenwashing. The goal: Flip’s research, which appears in media such as ZEIT and SPIEGEL, is intended to give consumers a better overview of the sustainability jungle. The young startup’s biggest scoop is the…

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Editorial to our newsletter 150 150 flustix

Editorial to our newsletter

Dear Readers, A few days ago, several media reported on microplastics found in the Antarctic. The feeling quickly sets in with a report like: heard it all before, read it all before. Unfortunately, this news release is about a new quality of horror: the microscopic plastic particles were stuck in the fresh snow of the…

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“Climate neutral”? German Environmental Aid takes action against false seals 1920 768 flustix

“Climate neutral”? German Environmental Aid takes action against false seals

Consumer deception through Greenwashing The label “climate neutral” is currently one of the most common sales arguments for a whole range of everyday products. Especially on cosmetics, hygiene and laundry products, there are numerous self-made seals that do not deliver what they promise. This could now be a thing of the past: The German Environmental…

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How good are solid soaps, shampoos and dishwashing bars? 1920 768 flustix

How good are solid soaps, shampoos and dishwashing bars?

The big flustix test Every person in Germany empties more than 25 bottles of shower gel and shampoo every year. Then there are dozens more tins, tubes and bottles of toothpaste, shaving cream or body lotion. What remains is an unimaginable mountain of plastic waste. That’s why more and more manufacturers are shifting to solid…

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It is ridiculous that waste exports save the German recycling quota! 1920 768 flustix

It is ridiculous that waste exports save the German recycling quota!

Attitude with Biss Imagine you discover a valuable painting in your grandparents’ attic. What do you do with it? Easy. Because it’s all dusty, covered in cobwebs, and has some cracks at the corners of the frame, you take it to the trash and even pay money for it to go to the trash compactor…

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Plastic in food – This is how you stop the danger already while shopping 1920 768 flustix

Plastic in food – This is how you stop the danger already while shopping

The health hazard is invisible – and is now present in countless foods. Chemicals from plastic packaging can “migrate” into the products. Fatty and sour foods are particularly at risk. We explain which substances are dangerous – and show you the cleverest alternatives. Yogurt and lemonade, sausage and vegetables, oil and gummy bears – most…

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Unpackaged! Even large supermarkets entice with naked food 1920 768 flustix

Unpackaged! Even large supermarkets entice with naked food

Trend Just a few years ago, “unpackaged stores” felt more like something for super-ecos. In the meantime, things have changed. Some organic chains already offer numerous products such as nuts, pasta or muesli as unpackaged goods. Now large supermarkets are also getting in on the trend. The flustix editorial team presents the new unpackaged concepts…

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Small tabs with great effect 1920 768 flustix

Small tabs with great effect

flustix partners He describes himself as a “rebel”: With his Biobaula brand of washing and cleaning tabs, Markus Winkler is one of the pioneers in what in German is known as the WPR industry (washing, cleaning and purification products). In an interview with flustix, the 44-year-old reveals how he wants to start an ecological revolution…

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Give us today our daily plastic 1920 768 flustix

Give us today our daily plastic

What do plastics do in the fields? Nothing, according to common sense. Nevertheless, more than 13,200 tons of plastic and other synthetic materials end up in our fields every year. Yet every year, more than 13200 tons of primary plastics and other synthetic materials end up in our fields due to their use in agriculture.…

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Editorial to our first newsletter 150 150 flustix

Editorial to our first newsletter

Dear readers, imagine for a moment that the yogurt tub or the packaging for the cold cuts in the refrigerator were made of gold. Would you just throw them in the trash after eating the contents? That sounds crazy! You handle such a valuable raw material as gold with care, keep it safe, make sure…

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Carrots “drink” plastic from the ground 1920 768 flustix

Carrots “drink” plastic from the ground

Alarming research findings Today, scientists all around the world are researching how microplastics affect our lives. Unfortunately, it has long been a certainty that we ingest plastic particles every day when we eat and drink. With fish and shellfish, salt, or water from plastic bottles, the particles are smuggled into the body. Now, in several…

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Summer time, digging time 1920 768 flustix

Summer time, digging time

Here is how you can protect your garden and balcony from plastic invasion The summer sun enlivens nature, and gardens get mowed, planted, and sown again. Gardening is the Germans’ second favorite hobby (after shopping). Millions of garden owners dig for relaxation, grow vegetables, or work from home in a green office. But what feels…

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