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For us, acting sustainably is more than just a duty; it is a passion. We want to make processes along our entire value chain more sustainable – together with our suppliers, in our supply chain, and with our customers and consumers. To do this, we are constantly seeking new ways to further increase our performance in all dimensions.
In 2016, we started partnering with TerraCycle in North America. The company provides recycling solutions for materials for which there are currently no collection systems or which are typically non-recyclable – due to product residue in packaging, for example. Customers of our Adhesive Technologies business unit can now recycle their used adhesives packaging. Empty Loctite specialty adhesive bottles are collected in dedicated recycling boxes and sent to TerraCycle. Any residual adhesive is then removed using a special process developed jointly with Henkel. The cleaned bottles are melted down and processed into pellets that are used to manufacture new products such as garbage cans, watering cans or yard furniture. Plans are underway to introduce this recycling method in Europe.
The photo taken at TerraCycle headquarters in Trenton, New Jersey, USA, shows TerraCycle’s Rhandi Goodman demonstrating how to handle the recycling boxes to her project partners from Henkel, Simon Mawson (left) and Chris Stanford.
At Henkel, sustainability does not end at the factory gate; it also drives forward progress at the end of the value chain. In 2016, we started partnering with TerraCycle in North America. The company provides recycling solutions for materials which are typically non-recyclable – in this case used adhesive bottles.
Henkel plans to introduce this recycling method in Europe in the near future and to offer it to its customers. Our experts are now also working with TerraCycle on a recycling process for used Loctite superglue bottles.
We are the first adhesive technologies company to offer this type of recycling solution. Teams from Henkel and TerraCycle worked together to develop a process that deactivates the adhesive, making it easier to remove from the plastic packaging. The packaging is then melted and turned into pellets that are used to manufacture new products – from garbage cans and watering cans to park benches and yard furniture.
How it works...
- The customers buy the recycling box from the Henkel distributor or the Loctite representative.
- Once the box is full, the customers send it to TerraCycle.
- TerraCycle treats the empty Loctite containers by deactivating them in order to remove the adhesive residue.
- The containers are then shredded and turned into pellets.
- The pellets are turned into new plastic products – everything from garbage cans and watering cans to park benches and yard furniture.
The Loctite bottles collected in the container are turned into recycling pellets that form the basis for new products.
The pellets are later turned into new products such as watering cans.
The empty adhesive bottles are collected by Henkel customers and sent to TerraCycle for recycling.
Overview of our sustainability strategy
“Creating sustainable value” – our corporate purpose at Henkel – is both proud tradition and a clear promise for the future. Henkel's engagement and commitment to continuously develop our leadership role in sustainability is deeply rooted in our corporate values. The goal of maintaining a balance between economic success, protecting the environment, and social responsibility has been fundamental to our corporate culture for decades.
The focus on sustainability has evolved continuously at Henkel. When German merchant Fritz Henkel founded his laundry detergent company in 1876, he had the vision of making people's lives easier, better and more beautiful. From the beginning, the company assumed responsibility for its employees, for the communities in which it operates and for society. Today, Henkel has set up management systems worldwide for safety, health and the environment, and has firmly anchored the idea of sustainability in its corporate values.
We are committed to leadership in sustainability – this is one of our core corporate values. As sustainability leaders, we aim to pioneer new solutions for sustainable development while continuing to shape our business responsibly and increasing our economic success.
Sustainability at a glance
Sustainability at a glance
Our ambition is to achieve more with less. This means creating more value for our customers and consumers, for the communities we operate in, and for our company – at a reduced environmental footprint.
Our 20-year goal for 2030 is to triple the value we create for the footprint made by our operations, products and services. We call this ambition to become three times more efficient Factor 3. We concentrate our activities along the value chain on six focal areas that reflect the challenges of sustainable development as they relate to our operations.