A second use for artificial turf, recycled plastics for coffee makers and suitcases, and rethinking your Evian water source took top prizes at the Plastics Recycling Awards Europe 2020, announced Dec. 10.
"This year's Plastics Recycling Awards Europe finalists show us that recyclability, efficiency and quality of plastics recycling can go hand in hand, allowing for recycled plastics to be used in a multitude of high-end applications," said Ton Emans, Plastics Recycling Europe president and an awards judge. "PRAE is a perfect platform to display the fast-paced developments in the plastic recycling industry and demonstrate how plastic products are made more circular."
The awards were presented as part of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe virtual event.
The awards recognized consumer products and new ways to use existing materials.
Netherlands-based GreenMatter BV won the Building and Construction Product award for what judges said was an "innovative solution for what has so far been an unexploited market."
GreenMatter collects and recycles artificial turf from sports fields and recycles it into benches, picnic tables, flower boxes and athletic field components such as sideboards used at the edge of playing fields.