Menu
Search
g00a8754-ecirgbv2

Our partnership with Plastic Bank

Plastic waste is one of the biggest global challenges. As part of Henkel’s ambitious packaging targets for 2025, the company wants to promote a circular economy and contribute to avoiding plastic waste being disposed in the environment. Therefore, Henkel is supporting waste collection and recycling initiatives and investing in innovative solutions and technologies to promote closed-loop recycling. 

In 2017, Henkel became the first major global consumer goods company to work with the social enterprise Plastic Bank. Together, we are addressing both environmental and social challenges to stop ocean plastic. 

“Plastic waste ending in the environment is one of the greatest global challenges. The search for solutions is well underway, and our packaging experts are working intensively to deliver on our ambitious targets,” says Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President Human Resources at Henkel and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council. “To drive further progress and promote a circular economy, we are working closely together with our partners along the entire value chain.”



Sylvie Nicol

“Plastic waste ending in the environment is one of the greatest global challenges. The search for solutions is well underway, and our packaging experts are working intensively to deliver on our ambitious targets,” says Sylvie Nicol, Executive Vice President Human Resources at Henkel and Chair of Henkel’s Sustainability Council. “To drive further progress and promote a circular economy, we are working closely together with our partners along the entire value chain.”

 
 
  •  

Views:

Ocean Day

1:21 min.

1092854

Turning waste into opportunities - Who is Plastic Bank?

Plastic Bank is a social enterprise that is helping the world stop ocean plastic while improving the lives of collector communities. Founder and CEO, David Katz, discovered plastic bags, bottles and straws while scuba diving and was inspired to take action. In 2013, together with Shaun Frankson, he founded the company. Plastic Bank builds ethical recycling ecosystems in coastal communities, and reprocesses the materials for reintroduction into the global manufacturing supply chain.

Henkel started working with Plastic Bank in 2017, and it was the first major global consumer goods company to partner with the company. Since the beginning of the partnership, five new plastic collection branches have been established in Haiti, a country that lacks adequate waste management infrastructure. Collectors receive a premium for the materials they collect which helps them provide basic family necessities such as groceries, cooking fuel, school tuition, and health insurance. Plastic Bank is revealing the value in plastic waste – and stopping it before it reaches waterways and oceans.

Henkel started working with Plastic Bank in 2017, and it was the first major global consumer goods company to partner with the organization Since the beginning of the partnership, five new plastic collection centers have been established in Haiti, a country that lacks adequate waste management infrastructure. Local communities can return collected plastic waste and exchange it for money, goods, or social benefits. This creates value from plastic waste – and it is removed from the environment before it enters waterways or oceans.

 
 
  •  

Views:

Henkel partnership with Plastic Bank

4:34 min.

1096712

What happens with the collected plastic waste?

The plastic that is collected in Haiti is sorted and can subsequently be reintroduced into the recycling value chain as Social Plastic®. Social Plastic® has been verified by Plastic Bank to indicate that the collectors received an above-market price for the plastic waste. This can enable single mothers, for example, to support their families and pay for their children to attend school. Social Plastic® can be used in products or packaging, contributing to a closed loop material cycle.

Infografic Plastic bank

How does Henkel use this Social Plastic?

Henkel has processed more than 200 metric tons of Social Plastic® and successfully incorporated it into some of its product packaging. In October 2018, the first Henkel packaging that contains Social Plastic® was made available. Since then, Henkel launched a range of cosmetic products, laundry detergents and household cleaners with packaging comprising up to 50 percent Social Plastic®. 

PET bottle bodies for the Pro Nature detergents from the Biff, Pril and Sidolin brands, as well as the bottle bodies for the fabric softener Vernel Fresh Control, which are made of 100 percent recycled plastic, 25 percent of which is Social Plastic®. In Beauty Care, the bottle bodies for Nature Box “Meeres Glück” and Fa “Meeres Liebe” are made of 100 percent recycled plastic, 50 percent of which is Social Plastic®. These successful projects have also been recognized externally: the two limited editions of Fa and Nature Box received the Packaging Europe Sustainability Award for their Social Plastic® packaging. Henkel also received the Ecovia Sustainable Beauty Award in the “Sustainable Packaging” category.

The bottle bodies for Nature Box “Meeres Glück” and Fa “Meeres Liebe” are made of 100 percent recycled plastic, 50 percent of which is Social Plastic®.

All PET bottle bodies of Pro Nature cleaners have been made of 100 percent recycled plastic, 25 percent of which is Social Plastic®.

What next?

Haiti was just the beginning. In 2019, Henkel took the next step in its partnership with Plastic Bank and extended the collaboration for another five years. Henkel supports ongoing projects in Haiti, the Philippines and Indonesia. Additionally, the company will make a significant contribution to establishing new recycling infrastructure of more than 400 branches in Egypt. By working together, the aim is to increase the availability of Social Plastic® as a resource for the production of packaging. The development of collection infrastructure in Egypt will create additional capacities of up to 5,000 metric tons per year. This is equivalent to one billion bottles over a period of five years.

In 2020 alone, Henkel will integrate more than 600 metric tons of Social Plastic® into its product packaging. Plastic Bank has opened additional branches in Haiti since the partnership began. In addition, Henkel helped Plastic Bank set up a supply chain that ensures that the collected plastic waste can be processed and recycled, so that it can ultimately be reintegrated into the value chain.

We are planning to launch further product packaging with Social Plastic® in 2020 and to integrate this material into the packaging of some of our core brands. In partnership with Plastic Bank, we are empowering a regenerative society. 

More information can be found at www.henkel.com/plastic