Dr Michael Schweizer: Oh, absolutely. At the moment, we're experiencing a sea change in the raw materials used in the plastics industry, too.
Why is that?
M.S.: One of the greatest challenges of the 21st century is to supply an ever faster-growing global population with clean drinking water, healthy food, raw materials and energy without endangering the opportunities of future generations. This is what Tecnaro has been saying since its foundation and it's what drives us to do our bit towards solving this global problem with our sustainable materials.
Should we ready ourselves for the fact that, in future, we will each need one third of the agricultural land in Germany for food production, one third for raw materials for energy production and another third for bio-derived polyethylene?
M.S.: No, simply because the global demand for plastic products isn't that high. One study came to the conclusion that all the land currently lying fallow in the EU and receiving subsidies so that they lie fallow would be sufficient to meet the global demand for plastic products. However, when we talk about replacing fossil fuels, things look quite different. We can't cover that demand with land.
You were one of the keynote speakers at the bio!TOY conference. Is it not just the world that has a plastic problem, but also the toy industry?
M.S.: These days, a lot of toys are made of plastic, so it's only logical that the toy industry is part of the problem. The industry will certainly be happy and grateful if, sooner or later, alternative materials are available.