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Henkel uses quadro seal bag for laundry detergents packaging

PKBR Staff Writer Published 19 April 2018

Consumer goods firm Henkel is expanding use of regranulated resin in flexible packaging for its laundry detergents.

The company is selling its Megaperls washing powder in a flexible package, dubbed quadro seal bag.

To reduce the impact on environment, Henkel has announced a program, dubbed Factor 3, to achieve its goal of becoming three times more efficient by 2030.

The firm has to improve its efficiency with an average between 5% and 6% per year to reach its goal.

Henkel has selected its long-time partner Mondi to help develop a solution to turn scrap plastic into functional and flexible laminate packaging material.

The quadro seal bag has been developed by using OPP/PE laminate. Currently, 30% of the package’s PE layer includes industrial waste recovered from Mondi’s factory in Halle, Germany.

The overall package structure is composed of around 10% regrind material, said Henkel.

Both firms focused on designing a shiny white exterior and an easy-peel opening to the new bag, in addition to improving overall functionality.

Mondi’s key account manager for Henkel Timo Müller said: “Our aim is to achieve 50 percent 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.”

Henkel home care international packaging development 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.”

In March this year, Henkel collaborated with Waste Free Ocean to produce bottles from plastic waste removed from oceans and rivers.

The collaboration will focus on removing plastic from rivers, lakes, seas and oceans and use it in manufacturing bottles for the Henkel’s Lovables laundry brand.

Over a period of at least three years, the partners are planning to remove plastic from water bodies such as rivers, lakes, seas and oceans to produce 100 metric tons of usable recycled material per annum.

Image: Henkel launched its Megaperls washing powder in a flexible package called quadro seal bag. Photo: courtesy of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.