No European country produces more packaging waste than Germany – in 2016 the amount reached a peak of 18.6 million tonnes. The quantity of plastic packaging waste alone has almost doubled since 1995. The level and increase in the volume of sales packaging reflect changes in consumption patterns. They are related to the trend to assign more and more functions such as marketing, logistics and portioning to packaging. The stakeholder constellations and the associated interests are correspondingly complex. To overcome existing path dependencies, a systemic view of packaging prevention and communication between the various stakeholders is needed.
This is where the junior research group "PuR" sets in: it integrates various disciplinary perspectives on the topic to identify approaches for practices requiring little or no packaging. These should lead to the conservation of natural resources. The research project analyses the interplay between individual factors, socio-technical dependencies, political framework conditions, economic conditions and cultural consumption patterns based on three case studies from the food and drugstore sectors.
The junior research group "PuR" consists of two habilitation projects and four doctoral projects. The group is a cooperative project of the Wuppertal Institute and the TU Berlin. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework programme "Research for Sustainable Development" (FONA).