The company used almost 700 million bottles made of 100 percent recycled plastics for Laundry & Home Care products in Europe, more than 400 million in 2020 alone. The recycled material stems from post-consumer waste, including Social Plastic from Henkel’s partnership with the Plastic Bank. By increasing the number of packaging made of recycled material, the company said not only does it contribute to a circular economy, but also to climate protection as recycled PET has an almost 80 percent lower CO2 footprint compared to virgin plastic.
“At Henkel, we promote sustainable packaging solutions and foster a circular economy along the value chain – because we are committed to live up to our responsibility as a consumer goods manufacturer,” said Abdullah Khan, Head of Packaging Sustainability Laundry & Home Care at Henkel.
“We are increasing the share of recycled material across our entire portfolio and many packaging includes recycled plastics already. It is not always possible to advance to 100 percent, also due to the limited availability of high-quality material. Nevertheless, we have significantly expanded the number of consumer products with bottles made of 100 percent recycled plastics. Reaching the 700 million mark is both a great achievement and a motivation to further accelerate our efforts,” he added.
The company said it is working towards the ambitious target to reduce the amount of virgin plastic from fossil sources in its consumer product packaging by 50 percent by 2025.