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Impact Entrepreneurship in the German Packaging Industry

How much waste do you produce in a year? The average German is responsible for 228 kg of packaging waste per year, mainly consisting of paper, wood, metal, glass, and plastic. Until 50 years ago, traditional packaging included paper, wood, and glass. Since then, plastics — so-called synthetic polymers because they are composed of polymers — have become increasingly popular. Reasons for this include their availability, light weight, low cost, and transparency. What is more, the usage of synthetic plastics is expected to rise dramatically through 2050. Fortunately, in contrast to less-developed countries, Germany has advanced waste-management systems, so that…
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After having written her master thesis on “Cultural Evolution and Climate Change”, Nelly Rahimy is now research assistant for Sustainable Entrepreneurship at the University of Passau in Germany. At the same time, she is founding her own start-up which is concerned with women empowerment in agriculture.
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