Packaging is frequently discussed in an environmental context. The primary purpose of packaging is the protection and transportability of products. However, packaging is considered superfluous after product consumption, i.e. an item that consumers wish to discard as soon as possible. Thus, packaging is a necessary evil of our modern consumer world, yet used packaging may be a valuable raw material if this resource is utilised appropriately.

ifeu carries out research and provides consulting services on all environmental matters in the packaging field. ifeu is the contact for the packaging industry for the selection and design of the right, i.e. environmentally friendly, packaging. Due to the fact that every corporation and every product is unique, we offer individually customised and targeted consulting services using LCA methodology.

Our focus of work

Beverage and other packaging

In almost every aspect of our everyday lives, we encounter a wide range of packaging solutions. ifeu supports corporations in the selection of sustainable options. ifeu consulting services include updating clients on national and international environmental policy developments and state-of-the-art aspects of Live Cycle Assessment methodology.

Biobased packaging

Biobased materials and packaging are important elements of a biobased economy and ifeu investigates approaches and innovations.


Recovery and recycling

The recycling of packaging is crucial for the creation of successful raw material cycles and for accessing appropriate utilisation processes. As part of its research into secondary raw materials, ifeu studies process technologies and approaches to recycling.


Benedikt Kauertz

Dipl. Ing. Spatial and Environmental Planning
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 4767 57

Frank Wellenreuther

Dipl. Geography
Tel.: +49 (0)6221 4767 44