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New Henkel Software Evaluates the Recyclability of Packaging

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Henkel is making the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" mantra a reality with its new EasyD4R-Evaluation tool. 

According to Henkel, manufacturers must account for the reusability and recyclability of the materials they choose during the design phase. The company has developed a software tool capable of quickly and reliably checking the recyclability of packaging early in the product development phase. The tool aims to show the recyclability of each design as a percentage and the material combinations which can be optimized for recycling. 

How it works:

  • The tool is based on public and recognized criteria catalogs, such as Plastics Recyclers Europe.
  • A package's recyclability is evaluated on its composition and the individual weight proportions of the respective components: basic materials, closures, labels, colors, etc. 
  • The tool stores the materials' information for identification during sorting and processing during recycling.
  • When searching for a material, the designer receives clear results displayed on a traffic light evaluation system.

Henkel plans to utilize this tool worldwide as a way of "enabling a fast and comprehensive evaluation of our plastic packaging."

The company added, "We as Henkel want to promote open collaboration and accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Therefore we want to make the recyclability tool available for other companies and organizations to use."