Henkel, Ampacet make black plastic packaging easier to recycle

Vineet Varman

Vineet Varman

Posted at PlasticsToday: Black is a distinctive color, however when that is for plastic containers colored using carbon black there's a sustainable downside: the pigment renders them unrecyclable.

However, with supplier Ampacet Corp. (Tarrytown, NY), a global provider of masterbatches, Henkel (Dusseldorf, Germany) is developing an innovative solution for black plastic packaging that is fully recyclable. The new packaging material uses an alternative carbon-free black color, enabling used bottles to be integrated back into the value chain.

It was introduced for black bottles of toilet cleaning products under the Bref brand in May, which will be followed by further Henkel products through the rest of 2019.

“Recognizing 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,” says Vineet Varman [pictured], Head of International Packaging Development for Special Detergents at Henkel Laundry & Home Care. “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.” More...