German company Henkel has unveiled new Persil 4in1 DISCS detergent packaging which now contains 50% postconsumer recycled polypropylene (r-PP) obtained from discarded household plastics.

The cardboard-plastic packaging produced by Greiner Packaging is known as ‘K3’ and is sustainable.

The use of cardboard and plastic combination has reduced plastic content in the packaging by more than 40% compared with the previous packaging.

Greiner Packaging international project manager Andreas Auinger said: “By using r-PP, we’re taking another important step forward in terms of the sustainability of our cardboard-plastic packaging materials. Thanks to our innovative two-layer process, we’re meeting the highest standards of sustainability while also making sure that the packaging’s attractive appearance is retained.”

Henkel uses sustainable containers in its detergent capsule products, including its Persil 4in1 Discs.

The solution can be leveraged for packaging powdered foods, such as cocoa, salt, or baby formula.

It can also serve as an alternate for tube-shaped packaging or pouches like those used for pet food and coated cardboard solutions.

Greiner Packaging and Henkel have also signed Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy Global Commitment, which aims to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging, and make packaging reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

Henkel also commits to reduce content of virgin plastics from fossil sources in its consumer products to 50% by 2025.

The new packaging solution meets the company requirement as plastic content has been reduced, and the components can be recycled. They are also easily disposable.