German consumer company Henkel announced it will use more regranulated resin for the packing of its laundry detergents as part of a plan to reduce its environmental footprint.
Under this ‘Factor 3’ plan, the company intends to become three times more efficient by 2030.
In order to achieve such a goal, Henkel will attempt to improve its efficiency by an average of 5% to 6% per year.
Henkel has selected Austrian packaging and paper producer Mondi as the companies that will help convert its scrap plastic into a flexible laminate packaging material.
Henkel International Packaging Development Home Care head Dr Thorsten Leopold said: “Our packaging developers work constantly to design smart packaging that uses the least amount of material possible, is recyclable and incorporates more recycled material.
“Mondi provides us with valuable technological expertise to implement a more sustainable solution for some of our laundry and home care product packaging.”
The German consumer company is currently selling its Megaperls washing powder in a flexible package called a ‘quadro seal bag’ that consists of an OPP/PE laminate.
About 30% of the PE layer used in the packaging material consists of industrial waste coming from Mondi’s factory in Halle, Germany.
The packaging used by Henkel for its detergent products features a shiny white exterior and an easy-peel opening.
Mondi Key Account manager for Henkel Timo Müller said: “Our aim is to achieve 50% level of regranulate in the full structure.
“This project has been made possible by the advanced resin reclamation technology in place at Mondi’s Halle plant, which allows the firm to collect and separate not only transparent and white materials but also those that do not contain a slip agent.
“This helps to enable the use of regrind in the laminate without negatively impacting its material specifications and product mechanical properties.”
Müller further explained that in the finished packaging the virgin resins have been replaced with regrind material. The product’s end-of-life recycling process is simplified as the OPP/PE laminate structure is entirely made of polyolefin materials, offering environmental benefits.