Consumer goods firm Henkel has joined forces with its supplier Ampacet to develop an innovative solution for black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable.
The new packaging material uses an alternative carbon-free black colour, allowing used bottles to be integrated back into the value chain.
This material will be introduced for black bottles of toilet cleaning products under the Bref brand in May, followed by other Henkel products throughout this year.
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Due to the colour used so far, black plastic packaging poses a challenge for the recycling value chain, said Ampacet, as it cannot be identified and sorted properly by optical sensors in recycling facilities.
Cyclos-HTP, an institute specialising in the classification, assessment and certification of recyclability of packaging and goods, certified that Henkel’s bottles with the carbon-free black colour are fully detectable and sortable.
Henkel laundry and home care head of international packaging development for special detergents 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.”
Next to the development of the recyclable black bottle, the two firms are currently piloting the new packaging for different products across business units and categories.