Henkel introduces recyclable carbon black-free plastic packaging

Henkel introduces recyclable carbon black-free plastic packaging

May 13, 2019
Marcia González

Together with its supplier Ampacet, Henkel has developed an innovative solution for black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable

A new black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable is being introduced by Henkel. The product – developed in collaboration with Ampacet – uses an alternative carbon-free black color, enabling used bottles to be integrated back into the value chain. To be introduced for black bottles of toilet-cleaning products in Germany this month, it will be followed by further Henkel products in the course of 2019.

“Recognizing 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,” commented Vineet Varman, head of international packaging development for Special Detergents at Henkel Laundry & Home Care. “The new material will contribute to closing the loop of plastic packaging in a sustainable way.”

Black plastic packaging poses a challenge for the recycling value chain. Recycling facilities use near infra-red technology to identify the plastic materials to be recycled. The optical sensors utilize the reflection of light to detect the material and sort it accordingly. As a result of the presence of carbon black, though, black plastic packaging cannot be identified and sorted properly by the sensors.

In addition to the successful development of the recyclable black bottle, Henkel and Ampacet are currently piloting the new packaging for different products across business units and categories. Through tests under real conditions, the suitability of the new material was confirmed. Cyclos-HTP, an institute specialized in the classification, assessment and certification of recyclability of packaging and goods, certified that the bottles with the carbon-free black color are fully detectable and sortable. Henkel’s packaging development teams are now working on successfully integrating the new material into additional packaging types while ensuring it meets the highest quality standards.

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