Although it is promoted as a recyclable material, regular plastic out of which wrappers and most modern devices are created with has a limited utility after it is recycled, as the recycled plastic has an inferior quality. Glass, for example, can be recycled almost 100% without losing quality.
Recycling reusable materials is essential to reduce the raw materials usage resources. Unfortunately, this is not always easy to do using the materials we usually find in our products. The polyethylene terephthalate ( PET ), the most common type of plastic out there is also the one that is most recyclable. Even so, 70-80% of the used material goes directly in the trash and in incinerators, without being effectively recycled.
Not recycling reusable materials can be partially attributed to the lack of interest of local authorities in promoting trash collection and effectively organize the recycling process. But even the plastic that gets recycled turns out to be expensive to process because of using additives such as colorants that cannot be remove. As such, recycling is done with losing material and the resulted product has a lower quality.
The diketoenamine, or PDK, the new type of plastic, can be broken down to a molecular level during the thermal processing process and reassembled into new objects and wrappers without losing quality.
Compared to a Lego part, the PDK plastic can be recycled by sinking it into an acid solution that dissolves it to a molecular level, thus removing additives that were added during the manufacturing process leaving the PDK in pure form which can be used without restrictions.
The PDF technology is available for licensing for plastic manufacturers and it remains to be seen whether the technology will be adopted world wide or not.