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Recycle Your Loctite Adhesive Containers!

Henkel has partnered with TerraCycle to create a program that enables assemblers to recycle empty Loctite adhesive packaging and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills or incinerators. Based in Trenton, NJ, TerraCycle offers recycling options for items that are typically nonrecyclable. TerraCycle was founded in 2001 by Tom Szaky, then a student at Princeton University, with a goal of eliminating the idea of waste. Since then, the company has grown into the global leader in collecting and repurposing hard-to-recycle waste. Operating in more than 20 countries, TerraCycle has engaged over 80 million people and recycled billions of pieces of waste. Assemblers can purchase a postage-paid recycling box to collect their used Loctite adhesive containers. Once full, the box is sent to TerraCycle, where the contents will be recycled. Assemblers order recycling boxes through their local Henkel distributor or Loctite sales rep. The boxes come in three sizes: small, medium and large.

Henkel Switches to Fully Recyclable Toothpaste Tubes for 2021

Henkel is transitioning to fully recyclable toothpaste tubes for their entire oral care portfolio by early 2021. The German consumer goods company said that the move supports their sustainable packaging target of reaching 100% recyclability by 2025.   The classic toothpaste tubes that consumers use by the millions daily have a multi-layer construction that makes the packaging difficult for recycling facilities to process, according to Henkel. In response, the company plans to use technology from their packaging supplier Albéa that allows the tubes to be fully recyclable.   Both the Association of Plastic Recyclers in the United States and Suez. Circpack in Europe recognize Albéa’s Greenleaf tubes as recyclable within existing HDPE bottles recycling streams, Henkel said. Albéa’s process is proprietary, but Henkel did say that the technology for making tubes uses a single-blown film that significantly reduces the carbon dioxide footprint of the packaging.   Spanish toothpaste brand Licor del Polo will have the first fully recyclable tubes with the rest of the oral care brands transitioning by the start of next year, Henkel said.   The switch to Greenleaf tubes allows more than 700 tons of packaging material to be utilized and recovered by waste recycling streams annually, according to Philippe Blank, head of packaging sustainability at Henkel Beauty Care.   Beyond rolling out the recyclable tubes, Henkel and Albéa said they are working together on addressing other aspects of toothpaste packaging. “We have a clear goal: Together we want to launch the world’s first full HDPE tube in 2021, which will then include the cap as well,” Blank said.   Initiatives to keep toothpaste packaging out of landfills have increased over the past few years. In 2018, Colgate and TerraCycle launched a UK program for consumers to recycle oral care products and packaging, regardless of brand. More recently Colgate introduced a fully recyclable tube made from HDPE for its Tom’s of Maine brand in the United States and a new line called Smile for Good in Europe.

Henkel Showcases Sustainability Efforts for Connecticut Senator

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut paid a visit to the Henkel Corporation’s North American consumer goods headquarters in Stamford.   Company leadership provided the senator with a tour of the Henkel Experience Center, sharing examples of the organiza­tion’s sustaina­bility commitments and product packaging solutions that contribute to the circular economy for plastics. Among them: a partnership with Plastic Bank, a social enterprise dedicated to reducing ocan plastic and providing opportunities for people in poverty, and founding membership in the global Alliance to End Plastic Waste.   Additionally, the company has teamed up with TerraCycle and How2Recycle to make it easier for customers and consumers to recycle its products locally.   Sen. Blumenthal also held an open forum Q&A session with Henkel employees from its Stamford, Darien and Trumbull locations.   “Our employees appreciated the opportunity to have a Q&A with Senator Blumenthal to learn more about his work in Washington, D.C. on behalf of residents of our state,” said Heather Wallace, Henkel senior vice president and general manager, beauty care North America. “We were pleased to host the Senator at our new Henkel Experience Center, a collaboration center that was created because we know that only together – with our customers, consumers and business partners – we can create and bring to life sustainable innovations that contribute to a more beautiful world.”   “Henkel’s efforts towards sustainable solutions for our environment are a model for other companies,” said Blumenthal. “Their leadership and commitment to continued innovation and increased use of recyclable materials sets a strong example of how business and communities can collaborate for long-term positive impact. I am proud of their commitment to the environment and their hardworking, dedicated Connecticut employees.”

Sustainability alert: HP study finds sustainability is new workplace standard

Plus Henkel tours Sims recycling facility and more sustainability-related news.   HP study finds sustainability is new workplace standard Palo Alto, California-based HP unveiled a new study underscoring the importance of sustainable business practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining top talent. It also finds that employees are more productive, motivated and engaged when working for an employer who is leading the charge in social responsibility. The global, 20,000 participant survey found that 61 percent believe sustainability is mandatory for businesses. Of those interviewed, 56 percent believe that ignoring environmental impact in the workplace is as bad as ignoring diversity and inclusion. For many businesses, the first wave of sustainable changes was addressed through big ticket items, including LEED building certification and energy efficient lighting. Now, they are focusing on the next layer of sustainable improvements, such as composting and the direct purchase of renewable energy. “The study released today proves what HP has suspected for many years. Businesses, and their workforce, are demanding higher levels of sustainability and quality from their suppliers,” remarks Dave McQuarrie, global head of print business management, HP. “HP has been committed to sustainable impact for decades. By reducing reliance on single-use plastics and delivering more sustainable supplies we are fulfilling a critical part of our reinvention journey and commitment to the environment.” Henkel tours Sims Municipal Recycling facility Beauty care employees with Germany-based chemical and consumer goods company Henkel observed recycling processes firsthand while touring Brooklyn, New York-based Sims Municipal Recycling facility. The 11-acre sorting center processes and markets more than 200,000 tons of plastic, glass and metal that New Yorkers put into recycling bins each year. Dedicated to the circular economy through sustainable packaging efforts, the team took an in-depth look at material recovery, the first stage of sorting waste. “Henkel is working together with partners along the entire value chain to drive progress toward a circular economy,” states Martina Spinatsch, vice president, R&D Beauty Care North America. “We are focused on reducing packaging material, increasing the use of recycled materials and improving the recyclability of our packages.” Representatives from New Jersesy-based TerraCycle, a partner Henkel is working with to improve the recyclability of its products’ packaging, joined Henkel employees at SMR. "The average consumer doesn’t get to experience the realities of recycling in their local communities,” says Alicia Forero, TerraCycle business development, brand partnerships. “Visiting Sims with Henkel was a fantastic opportunity to witness how a state-of-the-art facility navigates the challenges associated with offering traditional municipal recycling in an ever-changing downstream marketplace, coupled with the complexities of servicing a mega city like New York City. “ In line with Henkel’s long-term sustainability goal of making Henkel products three times as efficient by 2030, Henkel employees learned about recycling technologies and future trends. “By understanding constraints at the material recovery facility, we are inspired to continue developing more recyclable packages for the complex waste stream in North America,“ says Kurt Nelson, principal packaging engineer. Albertsons Companies completes PP recycling pilot, makes plastic pledge Boise, Idaho-based Albertsons Cos. Is completing a pilot on a closed-loop recycling program to repurpose suppliers’ plastic corrugate boxes into new ones. The company’s Southern California Division is working with a vendor to recycle No. 5 polypropylene (PP) crates that suppliers use to ship products, such as fruits and vegetables. After the crates are emptied at store level, the stores return bales of collapsed crates, which are then processed into plastic pellets by approved recyclers. The pellets are then used to manufacture new crates. The crate recycling pilot is one project that fulfills the company's pledge to the New Plastics Economy Global commitment, the company says. Led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the commitment calls on its participants to take key steps, including “significantly increasing amounts of plastics reused or recycled and made into new packaging or products.” April 22, Albertsons Cos. unveiled a plastic reduction pledge to advance sustainability throughout the company, starting with its extensive Own Brands portfolio. The company committed to 100 percent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025 and a decrease in plastic usage, with an emphasis on single-use plastics. The company is also working with How2Recycle to standardize its labeling system and improve the reliability, completeness and transparency of recyclability claims. “As we innovate and expand our Own Brand lines, we always keep the overall impact of packaging in mind and seek out ways to improve sustainability for each and every product,” Own Brands President Geoff White says. “Our suppliers are strong partners in this effort and, in many cases, are leading the charge on reducing, reusing and decreasing plastic content.” Clarins becomes Plastic Odyssey's first partner Since it launched, Christian Courtin-Clarins of France-based cosmetics company Clarins was enticed by Plastic Odyssey’s vision. The project aims to help reduce plastic pollution in the oceans and alleviate poverty at the same time. In 2020, Plastic Odyssey will start circumnavigating the globe for three years to promote plastic recycling and reduction on a boat powered by plastic scrap. Clarins recently came on board as an official partner of the expedition, by signing a five-year partnership. Clarins Group says it has pioneered significant environmental changes within the group. Shocked by marine pollution while sailing in Asia, Clarins made a decision in 1999 to ban plastic bags from all of his stores. Since then, the plant-based products are designed to have the lowest possible impact on the environment. Plastic Odyssey’s first working prototype reinforced that "it’s possible to build a ship that turns plastic into fuel." Relying on plastic-to-fuel technology or pyrolysis, Plastic Odyssey will sail along the world’s most polluted coasts--Africa, South America and Southeast Asia-- to build at each stop “small modular recycling plants” that will meet different needs. In the meantime, Plastic Odyssey will investigate alternatives to plastic and zero waste solutions aboard the vessel in order to build a greener society.

Henkel and TerraCycle introduce free recycling programme in Canada

German chemical and consumer goods company Henkel has started a free recycling programme across Canada for its Sunlight and Purex plastic detergent pouches in a partnership with TerraCycle.   As part of the programme, customers will receive TerraCycle points that can be redeemed for charity gifts or converted to cash by recycling the empty containers of Sunlight or Purex pouches in the country.   To participate in the programme, customers are required to sign up on the TerraCycle programme page and mail the package using a prepaid shipping label.   The companies will collect the packages, clean and melt them into hard plastic, and remould them to make new recycled products.   Henkel Canada general manager Mario Altan said: “Henkel has been focusing on sustainability in packaging for several decades and is now pleased to partner with TerraCycle to enable this creative approach to help ensure that Sunlight and Purex product packaging can be recycled after the product has been consumed.   “This partnership is part of our commitment that, by 2025, 100% of Henkel’s packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable.”   In 2016, Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business initially partnered with TerraCycle, enabling US customers to recycle their used adhesives packaging.   Under this partnership, teams from both companies worked collaboratively to develop a process to deactivate the adhesive and remove it from the plastic packaging.   The removed material is then melted and turned into pellets to produce new products such as garbage cans, park benches and outdoor furniture.  

Henkel, TerraCycle to launch free recycling program in Canada

Germany-based consumer goods firm Henkel has collaborated with international recycling firm TerraCycle to launch a free recycling program in Canada. The partnership will involve in the creation of a free recycling program across the country for Henkel’s Sunlight and Purex brand plastic detergent pouches.   TerraCycle points will be provided for the Canadian consumers purchasing Sunlight or Purex pouches.   Consumers can redeem the points for charity gifts or converted to cash, which can be donated to the non-profit, school or charitable organization.   Henkel Canada general manager Mario Altan said: “Henkel has been focusing on sustainability in packaging for several decades and is now pleased to partner with TerraCycle to enable this creative approach to help ensure that Sunlight and Purex product packaging can be recycled after the product has been consumed.   “This partnership is part of our commitment that, by 2025, 100 percent of Henkel’s packaging will be recyclable, reusable or compostable.”   Henkel said that consumers can send their empty Sunlight and Purex plastic detergent pouches for free recycling through the program.   The collected pouches will be cleaned and melted into hard plastic, which can be remolded to make new recycled products.

In addition, Henkel noted that Sunlight & Purex Recycling Program can be implemented by any interested individual, school, office or community organization in Canada.   TerraCycle CEO and founder Tom Szaky said: “Henkel is giving their customers the unique opportunity to divert waste from landfills by offering them a way to responsibly recycle their plastic detergent pouches.”   Since 2016, Henkel has been collaborating with TerraCycle for the implementation of sustainable initiatives.   Henkel’s Adhesive Technologies business unit collaborated with TerraCycle in the US to help recycle their used adhesives packaging instead of sending them to a landfill or incinerator.   Henkel and TerraCycle teams worked together for the development of a process, which deactivates the adhesive and makes it easy to remove from the plastic packaging.   Later, the material will be melted and turned into pellets to produce new products ranging from garbage cans to park benches and outdoor furniture.  

Estas empresas pueden reciclar casi cualquier cosa, desde colillas de cigarrillos hasta máquinas de fax

Los seres humanos estamos llenando el mundo de residuos. Cada año, volcamos 2,1 mil millones de toneladas de basura en el ecosistema. Ocho millones de toneladas de esa basura se deslizan silenciosamente hacia nuestros océanos. A pesar de las estadísticas, el cambio es angustiosamente lento. Estamos consumiendo más que nunca. Pero aún no hemos inventado los protocolos para lidiar con los desechos.
No obstante, algunas compañías resistentes están convirtiendo esta marea de basura en algo reutilizable. TerraCycle es un "líder mundial en el reciclaje de los desechos más difíciles de reciclar".
Los desechos pueden incluir desde envoltorios de caramelos hasta colillas de cigarrillos. Es la basura que lo mantiene suspendido sobre su colección de contenedores de reciclaje, buscando en vano el símbolo correcto. Incluso artículos inofensivos como tapas de botellas, que están hechas de una mezcla de plásticos, no son aceptados por la mayoría de los esquemas municipales.
El modelo de TerraCycle es simple. Todo es reciclable; el único problema es la recolección y la separación. Pero la compañía resuelve este problema haciendo que usted haga el trabajo. El cliente clasifica y arroja los residuos en puntos de recolección específicos, desde escuelas hasta casas, o los envía sin cargo. Por cada kilo de basura que recibe, TerraCycle dona un pequeño monto a una organización sin fines de lucro que el cliente elige. El proceso se paga mediante asociaciones con marcas como Febreze, Colgate y Bic. De esta forma, estas marcas mejoran su imagen y reducen las sanciones financieras que se les aplican por los desechos que producen.
Por medio de este proceso, los vaqueros viejos se transforman en bolsas para mensajeroslos guantes quirúrgicos se convierten en bancos de parquesviejas máquinas de fax y computadoras renacen como macetaslas cajas de lápices se hacen de paquetes de Kencola plata recuperada brilla otra vez como joyas de menor calidad; y los corchos de vino usados se convierten en un panel de corcho. (¿Por qué nadie más pensó en esto?) Las colillas de cigarrillos se recogen, se limpian y se trituran, antes de disfrutar de una vida más sana en los tableros o en el moldeo por inyección.
Ha habido proyectos públicos clamorosos. En junio, el año pasado, un gimnasio al aire libre hecho con 2500 latas de aerosol recicladas se presentó en el sitio de los Juegos Olímpicos de Londres 2012. En marzo de 2017, TerraCycle se asoció con el gigante de productos químicos, Henkel, para construir un patio de recreo con envases de gel de ducha en Austria.
La compañía es una creación de Tom Szaky, un empresario canadiense que se ha propuesto la tarea de "eliminar la idea del desperdicio". Mientras estaba en Princeton en 2001, Szaky estuvo en la casa de unos amigos que tenían una granja de lombrices. Impresionado por los superpoderes de estos recicladores naturales para transformar restos de alimentos en fertilizantes, renunció a su título para concentrarse en los residuos.
En pocos años, estaba vendiendo la comida de su planta de lombrices orgánica en Walmart y Home Depot, empacada en contenedores de refrescos reutilizados. Pronto, TerraCycle comenzó a hacer bolsas de botellas recicladas, comenzando una nueva corriente comercial.
"La basura no es una idea lógica. No existe en la naturaleza”, explica Szaky.
"Existe debido a dos cosas. La primera es el consumo, compramos mucho más de lo que necesitamos y no guardamos lo que compramos. La segunda son los materiales complejos. La naturaleza no sabe qué hacer con la mayoría de las cosas que tocamos en nuestras vidas. Si se suman estas dos cosas, el resultado es el moderno concepto de desperdicio".
Los límites para el reciclaje, dice Szaky; por ejemplo, que reciclamos latas pero no tapas de botellas, se reducen a eficiencias de costos. El aluminio en las latas vale más que el costo de recolectarlo y derretirlo. Pero, en teoría, todos los materiales pueden y deben usarse nuevamente. En las oficinas de TerraCycle en todo el mundo, los escritorios, sillas y accesorios de pared, y todos los demás elementos, excepto las computadoras, están hechos de material reciclado.
TerraCycle ha iniciado un movimiento. Las empresas de todo el mundo están explorando la idea de volver a traer los materiales "difíciles de reciclar" a la economía circular. Nike ha incursionado en envases hechos de cajas de leche, mientras que los entrenadores Parley de Adidas ("from threat into thread") utilizan hilos derivados del plástico del océano para fabricar zapatillas. Los diseñadores con sede en Berlín Pentatonic, que operan bajo el excelente lema "el futuro es basura", se han asociado con Starbucks para rehacer las sillas típicas de la marca usando botellas de plástico y tazas de café.
También existe Miniwiz en Taiwán, que fabrica gafas de sol con cáscaras de arroz y CD viejos y construyó una "hops chair" con granos de cerveza usados. En 2010, dio a conocer el edificio de nueve pisos, EcoArk Pavilion, ubicado en Taipéi, que incorpora 1,5 millones de botellas de plástico reciclado, pesa la mitad que un edificio convencional y es naturalmente resistente al fuego.
"Estamos obsesionados con hacer de la economía circular una realidad en el consumo diario", dice Miniwiz, que fue reconocida como Pionero de Tecnología por el Foro Económico Mundial en 2015.
"Vivimos para apoyar la adopción masiva de un sistema circular por el cual todos los materiales que utilizamos se reutilicen, una y otra vez, y de nuevo con cero desperdicio".
¿Esta idea de hacer bien las cosas tiene alguna desventaja? Los detractores podrían argumentar que los esfuerzos incondicionales de TerraCycle y otras start-ups podrían disculpar nuestra confianza cultural en el empaque de un solo uso. "Como si alguien tuviera la necesidad de un bolso de mano hecho con los envoltorios de Clif Bar", escribe la activista contra el plástico, Beth Terry. Si queremos cumplir con el acuerdo de París, debemos abordar el sistema mundial que alimenta nuestra adicción al desperdicio.
La otra pregunta es acerca de la escala. Todas las sillas Pentatonic de lujo en el mundo apenas rayan la superficie de la cantidad de desechos que producimos anualmente, especialmente dado su precio inicial de £199.
Como Stephen Clarke de TerraCycle ha dicho, el supraciclaje tiene un techo natural: "Podemos recolectar 10.000 kilos de paquetes de café usado, pero no necesitamos miles de cajas de lápices, por lo que las cantidades no coinciden". De los millones de kilos de residuos recogidos cada semana por TerraCycle, el 1% se reutiliza, otro 1% se supracicla y el 98% restante se recicla.
Pero es un comienzo. Muchos se sentirán alentados por la negativa a admitir la derrota de estos recicladores. Es un alivio saber que la próxima vez que deseche algo en perfecto estado, en cambio, con un poco de determinación, podría tener una vida futura.
Tom Szaky es miembro de la clase Jóvenes Líderes Mundiales 2018 del Foro Económico Mundial. Obtenga más información aquí.