Henkel has set further packaging targets for 2025 to promote a circular economy, including making 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable. The company will also reduce fossil-based virgin plastics by 50% in its consumer goods packaging.
The firm has already taken steps to foster a circular economy by further increasing the share of recycled plastic in its packaging. Some of Henkel's packaging already consists of 100% recycled material.
"Packaging and plastic have captured the attention of the public, governments, and businesses around the world more than ever - plastic waste ending in the environment is one of the greatest global challenges," said Sylvie Nicol, executive vice-president of human resources at Henkel, and chair of the company's sustainability council.
"The search for solutions is well underway, and our packaging experts are working intensively to deliver on our ambitious targets. To drive further progress and promote a circular economy, we are working closely together with our partners along the entire value chain."
Currently, 85% of Henkel's packaging is recyclable or reusable. Under its new targets, the company aims to overcome the "recycling hurdles" specific to each packaging category, such as introducing solutions for multi-layer flexible or black packaging. The company is working in cross-industry partnerships such as CEFLEX, a consortium of more than 130 companies and organisations working to enable flexible packaging to be recycled.
The company also wants to reduce the amount of virgin plastic from fossil sources in the consumer goods businesses, such as beauty care and laundry and home care, by 50%. It aims to achieve this by reducing the volume of packaging, increasing the amount of recycled material used and by using bio-based plastics.
Henkel is also working to prevent waste from being disposed of in the environment by supporting waste collection and recycling initiatives. It is also investing in innovative solutions and technologies to promoted closed-loop recycling. The company has existing partnerships, such as with social enterprise Plastic Bank, and is a member of the global Alliance to End Plastic Waste.