Page 45 - Material Flows of the Home Appliance Industry
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  Major trends impacting the material composition of products
 Production cost reduction
This is particularly relevant for the use of plastic polymers which has led to the reduction of production costs while, at the same time, potentially increasing the complexity of final recycling by increasing the number of polymers used.
    Appearance
The size, look and feel of the products.
    Safety requirements
The necessary use of flame-retardants impacting the possibilities of plastics recycling is a current example.
  Endurance
The use of robust fasteners for parts and components.
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