Henkel: Recyclable Black Plastic Bottles
In cooperation with Ampacet, a masterbatch manufacturer, Henkel has developed a sustainable packaging solution. Thanks to an alternative dye, the company's new black bottles can be fully recycled. According to Henkel, the packaging of the Bref toilet cleaner brand will be converted to the new bottles first, followed by other products over the course of the year.
Recycling Challenge for Black Bottles
Normally, optical sensors are used to sort plastic waste during the recycling process. The individual materials are identified and separated from each other using infrared technology based on light reflection. This is difficult when it comes to black plastics, explains Henkel, the technology has difficulty recognising them. Henkel's new packaging has been developed to overcome this difficulty.
Detectability Thanks to Carbon-free Black Colour.
The special feature of the new dark Henkel bottles is their carbon-free black colour. Henkel has stated that the Cyclos-HTP recycling institute confirmed that the material is completely recognisable and sortable. From a technical standpoint, nothing prevents these bottles from being recycled. The company is now working on integrating the new material into other packaging solutions.
Henkel's Long-term Packaging Strategy
The development of the new recyclable packaging is, according to Henkel, the next step towards achieving the company's long-term goals. By 2025, 100 per cent of all packaging should be recyclable, reusable or compostable. Henkel also stated that it is striving to increase the recycled material used in the manufacture of consumer goods packaging in Europe to 35 per cent.
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