Henkel develops recyclable black plastic packaging material

German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel, in collaboration with its supplier Ampacet, has developed a fully recyclable black plastic packaging solution.

The material’s suitability was evaluated and confirmed through tests carried out under real conditions.

Henkel is planning to introduce the new material, which does not use carbon black colour, to produce black bottles for its toilet cleaning products under the Bref brand this month. It will also extend the material to produce packaging for other products this year.

The companies said that used bottles manufactured using the new material can be integrated into the value chain.

Henkel Laundry and Home Care special detergents international packaging development head Vineet Varman said: “Recognising that black bottles are one of the central challenges when it comes to recyclability of used packaging, we want to be part of the solution: the new material will contribute to closing the loop of plastic packaging in a sustainable way.

“Our joint development projects across all our three business units underline Henkel’s commitment to sustainable packaging and to drive progress toward a circular value chain.”

Both companies are currently testing the new packaging material for various products across business units and categories.

According to the chemical company, the bottles made using the carbon-free material are certified by Cyclos-HTP institute as fully detectable and sortable.

Furthermore, Henkel’s packaging development teams are in the process of integrating the material into other packaging types.

Last month, the German company started a free recycling programme across Canada for its Sunlight and Purex plastic detergent pouches in a partnership with TerraCycle.

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