Henkel has teamed up with packaging manufacturer Alpa to create the first chemically recycled plastic bottles as part of the ChemCycling scheme led by BASF.
Through chemical recycling and mixed plastic waste that was previously unrecyclable, the pilot project is said to have huge potential for chemical recycling to complement ‘conventional mechanical recycling.’
Dr. Thorsten Leopold, Head of International Packaging Development Home Care at Henkel, said, “Mechanical recycling is limited by the fact that not all plastic waste can be reprocessed into useable material. Thanks to chemical recycling, fossil resources can be replaced with recycled material made from plastic waste. This project is an important additional step towards creating a circular economy for plastic – on this basis we are evaluating further opportunities for integrating chemically recycled plastic in our product packaging.”
The pilot project used Henkel’s Perwoll bottle, with results showing that products made using chemically recycled raw materials have the same high quality and performance as products made of fossil materials.
Anja Winkler, BASF Head of Global Key Account Management Henkel Home & Personal Care, said, “With ChemCycling, the proportion of recycled material that goes into the production process is assigned to the end product by the Mass Balance method. This can help our customers achieve their sustainability goals,”
The collaboration is said to showcase Henkel’s sustainability commitment, with many of the company’s packaging being made from 100 percent recycled plastic, with 99 percent of the recycled plastic coming from post-consumer recycled material.