Recycling: Old plastic, new perspectives

Latest News 2021-03-09

From information and design all the way to protection and portability: plastic packaging fulfills a variety of functions that have become integral to the modern lifestyle.


Plastic waste, however, constitutes a challenge for the environment and the global climate. Henkel has therefore committed to using plastic responsibly within a circular economy.


In countries like Germany and Norway, the life cycle of a polyethylene (PET) bottle begins and ends at the supermarket, where consumers return it after use. Unlike in many other countries, the bottle is not incinerated or spilled out into the ocean: it is collected by a reverse vending machine. Reusable bottles are simply cleaned and refilled. Single-use bottles are sorted by color, ground into PET flakes, washed and then melted back into recycled plastic, which can be used to manufacture new PET bottles and other types of product packaging. This kind of circular economy reduces overall resource consumption as materials are kept inside the economic production and consumption cycle for as long as possible.


Recycled plastic not only reduces the amount of plastic waste that is generated, it also has a significantly lower carbon footprint than new plastic made from fossil fuels.


ResourceBangkok Post