Henkel launches digital tool to test packaging recyclability

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EasYD4R evaluates the recyclability of packaging based on its composition

Chemical and consumer goods company Henkel has launched a free digital tool for assessing the recyclability of packaging.

The software, EasyD4R, evaluates the recyclability of packaging based on its composition and the individual weight proportions of each component such as materials, closures, labels or colours.

It then stores information on its sorting and reprocessing ability, creating a traffic-light evaluation system.

The tool shows recyclability information of each design as a percentage and the best material combinations for recycling- helping to create more sustainable packaging.

Henkel hopes this will mean packaging will be able to be quickly and accurately tested during the early stages of product development.

Information is based on public and recognised criteria catalogues, such as Plastics Recyclers Europe, and has been tested with companies and organisations since the start of the year.

German drugstore chain dm-drogerie markt created a recycling forum to test the tool and following a positive trial, will now use EasyD4R as a standard for all of its suppliers.

Thorsten Leopold, head of international packaging development for home care products at Henkel, said: “We want to promote open collaboration, and accelerate the transition to a circular economy.

“This can only succeed if all participants along the value chain co-operate – especially with clear definitions and consistent evaluations. By sharing our assessment tool, we want to contribute to the recyclability of packaging.”

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