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  • Dear Readers!

    In Germany super election year 2017 is well underway. The Saarland election has already taken place, with Schleswig-Holstein and the most populous of the German Länder, North Rhine-Westphalia, set to follow in May. General elections for the Bundestag will then be taking place in September. In these times of populism and fake news, this election will play a pivotal role. Germany has the strongest economy and largest population in Europe. The outcome of the election will have repercussions for all of Europe and influence economic and political relations with other countries around the world. In view of the dimensions involved, a key topic unfortunately often takes back seat: recycling and its importance to climate and environmental policy. We wanted to size things up accurately and enquired with all the major political party groups about their platforms concerning environmental policy in the upcoming legislative period and beyond. You will find a summary of the responses in this issue’s feature article and the complete responses online at remondis-aktuell.de. Whether elections turn out to be good for the climate and the environment in general and our growth sector in particular will ultimately be decided by hopefully well informed, active citizens.

    Some legislative bills have been initiated shortly before the elections – for example, the new Commercial Waste Regulation (Gewerbeabfallverordnung). It will involve important changes that have a major impact on our commercial customers when the new regulation goes into effect on 1 August 2017 at the latest. Under the new version, companies producing waste in connection with housing construction will be obligated to separately collect the waste items of paper, cardboard and pasteboard with the exception of hygienic paper, glass, plastics, metals, wood, textiles, organic waste and additional commercial and industrial waste already where it comes about, i.e. at companies themselves. The same goes for construction and demolition waste, which is already to be separated at the building site into the various waste categories such as glass, plastics, metals, wood, insulation material, bituminous mixtures, building material based on gypsum, concrete, bricks, tiles and ceramics. This is no doubt good news for improved recovery of raw materials, but it also means greater expenses for customers, who ­REMONDIS will support professionally as accustomed with practicable services in line with laws and regulations. 

    And how do things stand at present when it comes to refugee policy? The number of new persons seeking asylum arriving in Germany has dropped significantly. The biggest challenge now is to successfully integrate these people in our society and the German world of work. ­REMONDIS is taking on this challenge, hiring young people as well as persons with work experience in various fields who have lost their home as a result of war, famine and displacement and now want to venture a new beginning in their adopted country of Germany. A real win-win situation, as a successful start to a vocational career is the best contribution that can be made to a society living together in prosperity and peace. Here as well, ­REMONDIS meets its responsibility to society as a whole, acting in the spirt of its own slogan: working for the future!

    Yours

    Thomas Conzendorf

An unusual catwalk

Fashion design student Martin Appelt had pretty precise ideas regarding the location where the photo-shooting for his new collection was to take place: against the backdrop of a mountain of waste paper. What sounds at first like a very unorthodox idea is a concept for his semester project that has been thought through into the last detail. This is because, like the design for the clothing, the task in the project examination is also to come up with the right way to present the designs. The 23-year-old featured his work under the rubric of “resources and recycling”. And REMONDIS supplied the fitting stage for the Haute Couture.

All eyes focused on old paper

  • Thomas Tölle, branch manager of the REMONDIS recycling facility in Düsseldorf, made his sacred halls available for the photo-shooting on a Sunday morning in January. Because operations are shut down at 2.00 p.m. on weekends, Martin Appelt and his three-person team were able to arrange the set in peace and quiet without any hazards. While the mask designer was still putting make-up on the model, Martin together with the photographer looked for an appropriate place, projecting floodlights on them. The most important tool is already present in massive quantities: waste paper. The mountain was properly mixed and stacked up high by REMONDIS staff Friday afternoon to prepare for the shooting.

    Fashion design student Martin Appelt and his model Saskia Negro

“Using waste paper made out of the most influential fashion magazine in the world creates the ideal connection between the two topics of fashion and recycling.”

Martin Appelt, fashion design student at the AMD (Akademie Mode und Design) at Fresenius University in Düsseldorf

Fashion with an environmental message

    An eye-catching scene: a mountain of waste paper was used as the backdrop to the catwalk

  • Then it was time for the show: model Saskia Negro posed in the fashion designed by Martin surrounding the topic “recycling and resources”. The individual articles are a combination of plastic, denim material and waste paper. In this case, it is not just any waste paper, but rather handpicked pages from the magazine Vogue, which adorn the inner sides of both costumes and the coat. Its selection is well thought-out: “Using waste paper made out of the most influential fashion magazine in the world creates the ideal connection between the two topics of fashion and recycling,” explains the fashion design student attending AMD (Akademie Mode und Design) at Fresenius University in Düsseldorf. He is not planning on selling the collection afterwards, which is not necessarily designed for everyday life, anyway. Instead he wants to draw attention to the way society wastes resources. “We support this message one hundred per cent. That is why we did not hesitate for one second when we received the enquiry about the photo-shooting,” explains Thomas Tölle.

The collection is just the beginning

Even though Martin, a native resident of Düsseldorf, will only be completing his fashion design studies in two years, he already places high demands on himself at present. Martin will also be submitting his project in line with this concept: he would like to submit the results of the photo-shooting, his analysis of trends and the concept in printed, bound form and in the same format as a fashion magazine, to his examiners. “Both the graphics and the art as well stand at the forefront,” he relates with confidence. That is what is called: “thought through to the end”.

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