Close-up of the recycling symbol for polypropylene.

Many companies are switching their packaging to mono-materials like polypropylene. But what are their advantages and disadvantages? (Picture: Shutterstock/ CalypsoArt)

Mono-material, a ray of hope

What does packaging have to accomplish?

What does packaging have to accomplish?

The beverage carton brings all the advantages of composite packaging - but also poses recycling challenges.

What do mono-materials offer?

What do packaging manufacturers need to consider?

A large quantity of different coloured recycled pellets.

The great advantage of monomaterials is their high recyclability.

Three garbage bins next to each other and one garbage sack for different kinds of waste.

Image: "Mülltrennung wirkt" (waste separation works) initiative / Steffen Jagenburg

Pulp moulded one-way pallet

Photo: Wiederstein Verpackungen