Henkel has used approximately 700 million bottles made from 100 percent recycled plastics for Home Care & Laundry products in Europe with more than 400 million alone being used in 2020, which is a milestone in its engagement for sustainable packaging. The recycled content is from post-consumer waste and Social Plastic from Henkel’s collaboration with the Plastic Bank.
Abdullah Khan, head of Packaging Sustainability-Home Care & Laundry products at Henkel said, “At Henkel, we foster circular economy along the entire value chain by promoting sustainable packaging solutions because we are committed to live up to our vision as a responsible consumer goods manufacturer. We are increasing the share of recycled content across our entire portfolio since most of our packaging includes recycled plastics already. It is a challenge to transition to 100 percent due to the limited availability of high-quality recycled feedstock. Nonetheless, we have significantly expanded the number of consumer products with bottles made of 100 percent recycled plastics.”
By raising the number of packaging made of recycled material, Henkel is accelerating circular economy integration in its operations and climate protection. Recycled PET has approximately 80 percent lower CO2 footprint compared to virgin plastic.
Henkel is working towards the ambitious target of reducing the quantities of virgin plastic from fossil sources in its consumer packaging by 50 percent by 2025. The use of post-consumer recycled plastics content is an essential strategy in meeting this target.
Additionally, 100 percent of product packaging will be recyclable or reusable. To support reusability and recyclability, Henkel supports waste collection and recycling initiatives like the partnership with Plastic Bank. For instance, Henkel’s hair and body care brand Nature Box bottles are made of 98 percent Social Plastic.
“Sustainable packaging solutions are not only mitigating the global plastic waste menace but also contribute to our climate protection targets. By 2040, Henkel wants to achieve climate-positive status. By using more recycled plastics repeatedly, we will increase reduction in our carbon footprint and thus drive progress toward sustainable development,” Khan added.