Henkel North America joins US Plastics Pact

Henkel North America has joined the US Plastics Pact, committing to meet ambitious circular economy goals by 2025.

The US Plastics Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. As part of the pact, Henkel will recognise that significant, system-wide change is crucial to realise a circular economy for plastics, joining more than 70 brands, retailers, NGOs and government agencies across the plastics value chain.

Jillaine Dellis, head of sustainability for Henkel North America’s consumer products business, said: “Henkel is committed to developing more intelligent packaging for the benefit of people and the planet. Our mission is to integrate materials from sustainable sources into intelligent designs to complete the circle.

“We are proud to join the US Plastics Pact as a founding member, reinforcing Henkel’s own comprehensive commitments to develop solutions that minimise and manage plastic waste.”

Through the pact, Henkel has agreed to deliver four ambitious goals:

  • Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025

  • By 2025, all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable

  • By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging

  • By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content will be 30%.

Sarah Dearman, vice-president of circular ventures for The Recycling Partnership, said: “Together through the US Plastics Pact, we will ignite system change to accelerate progress towards a circular economy.

“The pact will accelerate system-wide change by inspiring and supporting upstream innovation through a coordinated national strategy, creating a unified framework and enabling members to accelerate progress toward our ambitious 2025 sustainability goals. Members’ full participation will be vital to reaching our shared goals.”

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