- Giving packaging waste a second life in Personal Care applications
- Designed to be recycled again and again: colorless bottle with 100% Post-Consumer recyclate content (PCR), equipped with a printed de-inkable full-body shrink sleeve
- Full sortability in current recycling infrastructures possible
- Innovation unveiled ahead of K 2022: step-wise introduction of individual solutions like additives, PCR, and suitable inks, available directly to the market
Moving circular plastic packaging forward. In a first and unique collaboration for the Personal Care industry, Clariant, Siegwerk, Borealis, and Beiersdorf are combining expertise to tackle the challenge of creating recyclable consumer packaging, based on 100% retrieved plastic packaging waste, for cosmetics applications. The pioneering initiative, named "Design4Circularity", is providing innovations and insights for the different design aspects to encourage others to also follow design for circularity principles.
The cross-industry collaboration is targeting the achievement of truly circular packaging by incorporating full life cycle thinking in each development step, to create a new standard for the industry. Circular packaging supports reduced plastic waste, less use of new/virgin plastic material, and reduced climate impact, which are critical challenges facing our planet.
Richard Haldimann, Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer, Clariant, says: “This collaboration was possible because all participants are dedicated to circular economy, with company-wide programs and holistic understanding of the systems involved. Achieving circularity needs a complete shift in designing product packaging and packaging raw materials, considering sortability, recycling and packaging end-of-life.”
Stefan Haep, Technology Head Brand Owner Collaboration at Siegwerk, adds: “Our initiative is a frontrunner in uniquely assessing circularity in every design parameter, from additives to bottle material to inks, mapping industry competencies, potential gaps, and feasibility proof points to open up viable, ultimately circular solutions.”
The mission was to design a packaging solution that creates a cleaner input waste stream and finds its way back into the loop in high-value applications. It should also allow for the high-quality visuals and distinctive shapes consumers associate with cosmetics packaging and brands.
To deliver on all these factors, the innovation centers on a colorless polyolefin bottle with 100% PCR content, full body sleeved in a printed deinkable shrink sleeve. All materials are technically fully recyclable with the potential to be recovered and used for the same high-value application.
Stefan Rüster, Packaging expert from Beiersdorf, continues: “We follow an ambitious Sustainability Agenda including the vision of fully circular resources. The Design4Circularity packaging solution is ground-breaking for future cosmetics applications. Through the hard work and innovation power of all collaboration partners involved, we have managed to combine the high design requirements of a cosmetic packaging with full circularity. We are very proud of this success and hope that this motivates our industry peers to follow.”
And Peter Voortmans, Global Commercial Director Consumer Product, Borealis, concludes: “Transforming to a circular economy is a team effort. Only together with like-minded partners can we shape an ‘ever mindful’ tomorrow. It starts with packaging design in combination with the right sorting and recycling infrastructure, and through collaboration we reinvent essentials for sustainable living.”
Designed to be recycled again and again
Critical design parameters included polymer and additive composition, material selection of sleeve and bottle, sortability and deinking of sleeve material, recyclability, and PCR quality.
To give packaging waste a second life the packaging material needs to retain its highest value through multiple lifecycles. Here, Borealis brought its expertise in advanced, transformational mechanical recycling technology by offering high quality PCR based on proprietary Borcycle™ M technology. Additionally, Clariant brought expertise in design for recycling additive solutions to ensure targeted additivation to protect PCR quality and protect against polymer chain breakdown at each recycling step. This delivered a suitable, high-value PCR material to repeatedly hit the high-end criteria of Personal Care-related consumer packaging. The circular solution additionally focuses on a colorless bottle option to increase PCR quality after recycling.
To achieve differentiation of the packaging despite using an uncolored bottle, the collaboration decided on a full body shrink sleeve as the ideal way to allow for the unique design of individual brands. Leading ink manufacturer Siegwerk was able to provide ink systems, which in collaboration with Beiersdorf and a sleeve manufacturer allowed printing of the sleeve to realize a full body, colored and appealing cosmetic sleeve. Additionally, the chosen new ink composition was designed to allow deinking of the sleeve within a recycling process, increasing the circularity of the packaging. The bottle/shrink sleeve combination is intended for removal at a materials recovery facility.
First sorting trials in existing recycling infrastructure proved the sortability of the full body sleeved HDPE bottle, achieving a high recovery of the bottle’s material. Additionally, the project team conducted trials with full body sleeved, transparent PET bottles and achieved similar results.
Further advancements in sorting technology are needed to achieve the ultimate goal of circular economy to give colorless bottles a second life back in colorless applications retaining their highest value. Technologies such as digital watermarking or artificial intelligence could help such sustainability goals to be reached.
Borcycle™ TRADEMARK OF BOREALIS
Caption: Unique value chain collaboration “Design4Circularity” achieves first circular cosmetics packaging concept.
Clariant Highlights Innovative Sustainable Additive Solutions for China
Closer to Chinese customers from the start. Clariant’s Additives business continues to step up support for the needs of China’s growth industries, with new top-class facilities to foster R&D and joint application technology developments at the One Clariant Campus (OCC). Ahead of Chinaplas 2021, Clariant shares a taster of bio-based additives available to advance resource-efficient innovation in local market segments, highlights from its new sustainable solutions set for their regional debut.
Clariant launches natural VOC-trapping DESVOCANT adsorbents for packaging & cargo shipments
DESVOCANT adsorbents are based on a naturally-occurring, non-toxic bentonite clay mineral with a unique surface structure, which is dried as granulate and contained in air-permeable sachets or bags. The adsorbents are available in a wide range of sizes suitable for placing in small product packages for shoes, handbags, or clothing, for example, through to full container loads of carpets, paints, toys, plastic packaging, pillows, mattresses, and furniture.
What cookies, pasta and plastics (now) have in common
A team of experts from Clariant’s Business Unit Additives learned when working with a global film manufacturer that only a fraction of the plastic film scraps can be reused for production. To change this, they created AddWorks® PKG 906 Circle – a special polymer stabilizer able to substantially boost the rate of scrap reused in polyolefin films.
Clariant’s HYDEX E catalyst helps Duslo turn plastic waste into high-quality winter diesel
Clariant's next-generation dewaxing catalyst is used in pioneering plastic-to-diesel technology of Duslo’s research institute VUCHT. Proven economical conversion of plastic waste into fuel distillate encourages VUCHT to construct 40 MTA demonstration plant. The next-generation HYDEX E catalyst achieves excellent cold flow properties of distillate product, compliant with Euro 6 emission limits.
Clariant introduces static reducing compounds for drug delivery devices
Eliminating the impact of static charges in drug delivery, Clariant introduces new plastic compounds which are part of the MEVOPUR family of color and functional compounds. These ‘medical grade’ compounds are available in a wide range of polymers.
Clariant’s bio-based additives for biopolymers awarded OK compost INDUSTRIAL & OK biodegradable SOIL certification
Good news for the development of sustainable compostable products. Clariant’s bio-based processing & dispersing additives for biopolymers used in plastics have been awarded the “OK compost INDUSTRIAL” certificate. Awarding test and certification body, TÜV Austria Cert GmbH, also granted to Licocare RBW 102 Vita the “OK biodegradable SOIL” label, which is a key attribute for agricultural applications.
Clariant ColorWorks applies IR-detectable black technology to make other dark colors more recyclable
Clariant continues to develop new technology to improve the recyclability of plastics while offering packaging and product developers more color options. The latest development is a range of deep, dark colors that normally would have required the use of carbon black pigments that makes them undetectable by the near-infrared (NIR) sensors used in automated polymer sorting systems at recycling centers.
Clariant completes the sale of its Healthcare Packaging business
Clariant, a focused and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced the completion of the sale of its Healthcare Packaging business to a newly-formed investment of Arsenal Capital Partners, the signing of which was announced on July 22, 2019.
Clariant and Polymateria launch partnership to bring new Biotransformation technology to market in South East Asia
Polymateria, a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics, has announced a partnership with Clariant, one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, to bring its new Biotransformation technology to market in South East Asia.
Clariant partners with Merck & SABIC to perfect laser marking of flexible packaging
Clariant has teamed up with pigment supplier Merck KGaA and resin producer SABIC to develop laser-marking technology and materials to ease the recycling process for flexible polyethylene (LDPE, LLDPE) packaging film. The results of the collaboration will be presented at K 2019, the international plastics trade fair being held on October 16 to 23 at Messe Dusseldorf in Germany.
Clariant advances a colorful future for biodegradable plastics
A colorful future is in reach for biodegradable plastics. Clariant brings it even closer with the launch of a range of 25 organic pigments for biodegradable and compostable polymers which are compliant with the European Norm 13432 opening up color options and the appeal of organically recyclable packaging.
Clariant additives enabling recyclability of plastics waste while sustaining valuable properties
Through a “Symphony of Collaboration” with partners along the full plastics value chain, Clariant is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem of plastic pollution with new solutions for diverse industry sectors, from packaging – the main use of plastics – to textile floorings and consumer electronics. Newly-developed AddWorks PKG 906 Circle for polyolefin films is a prime example of enabling plastic packaging producers to achieve some of their critical sustainability and business goals.
Clariant Hydrocerol Masterbatches cut plastic content in packaging by 10%
Packaging manufacturers and brand owners trying to reach sustainability goals and reduce costs are expressing keen interest in the newest HYDROCEROL chemical foaming agents (CFAs) from Clariant’s Masterbatches. The finer and more durable foam-cell structures make it possible to cut resin use and reduce part weight – without significant loss in mechanical properties.
Clariant partners with ExxonMobil and renewable energy group to advance Cellulosic Biofuel research
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, today announced that it has signed a joint research agreement with ExxonMobil and Renewable Energy Group (REG) to evaluate the potential use of cellulosic sugars from sources such as agricultural waste and residues to produce biofuel, which has the potential to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Clariant offers new perspective on sustainability to coatings producers at EUROPEAN COATINGS SHOW 2019
Under the theme ‘Think.Do.Paint! For a new perspective’, Clariant invites visitors to discover colors and additives developed to help decorative, industrial and automotive coatings make a sustainable difference to the various elements of the urbanization megatrend
Clariant and Neste join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions.
Clariant unveils controlled-atmosphere packaging solutions
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will present new products that help control moisture and prevent degradation of packaged pharmaceuticals at CPhI Middle East & Africa 2018. Clariant Healthcare Packaging is exhibiting its full range of desiccant canisters and packets, tubes and desiccant stoppers, oxygen scavengers, Advanced Desiccant Polymer (ADP®) and humidity stabilizers at Stand C25 at the trade show being held at the National Exhibition Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 3 - 5 September 2018.
Clariant introduces Humitector Type 2 non-reversible humidity indicator cards for SMD dry packing
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Cargo & Device Protection unit, the originator of the color change humidity indicator card, introduce an industry-first innovation to better ensure that the integrity of dry packing that protects moisture-sensitive devices has not been compromised by high humidity at any time during shipment or storage. The new Humitector Type 2 Non-Reversible Humidity Indicator Cards are low-halogen and free of cobalt dichloride, a substance of concern to the European Chemical Bureau.
Clariant offers Sorb-It pharma desiccants for bulk pharmaceutical uses
Clariant, a world leader in Specialty Chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging business line, introduce Sorb-It pharma desiccant bags, an enhanced line of desiccants that are now produced in new ISO 15378 GMP certified facilities to comply with global standards for primary pharmaceutical packaging.
Clariant liquid colors, additives for silicones featured at Medical, Pharmaceutical Trade Shows
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, is continuing the global rollout of its MEVOPUR®-LQ family of color and additive liquid masterbatches by featuring products for silicone elastomers at two important trade fairs: Pharmapack Europe 2017 in Paris (February 1-3) where Clariant is exhibiting on stand C35/C37, and MD&M West 2017 (booth #2450), which is being held in Anaheim, CA, February 7 - 9.
Clariant will expand plant in Lewiston, ME to produce more medical plastic compounds
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, announces it will expand its plant in Lewiston, ME, and install a new compounding line to help meet growing demand for pre-colored medical plastic compounds that are supplied under the MEVOPUR® brand name. The new capacity will come on-line in Q4 2017.
Clariant responds to global Megatrends to deliver Value for People
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, focused on the global Megatrends influencing the plastics industry at its K 2016 press conference, demonstrating how the company is bringing true value to the industry based on the real needs of people arising from these trends.
Clariant and Shinkong collaborate further to promote non-halogenated flame retardants for broader applications
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, will broaden its collaboration with Engineering Plastics division of Shinkong Synthetic Fibers Corp. to promote Clariant's non-halogenated flame retardants to a host of applications in China. Shinkong Engineering Plastics belongs to Taiwan’s top 3 enterprise, Shinkong Group. As a leading supplier of plastics, it serves various industries including electronics, home appliances and automotive etc. Its halogen-free compounds based on Clariant's flame retardants are experiencing rising demand as more and more OEM manufacturers in the electronics and electrical appliances industry eliminate components with bromine and PVC from their products because of tightening environmental regulations.
Clariant expanding capacity for printing tubes and stoppers by 30 percent
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging unit, are announcing plans to install new, high-speed, six-color offset tube printing machines at Clariant’s production facility in Romorantin, France. The new equipment will increase capacity at the plant by an estimated 30 percent when the expansion is completed early in 2017.
Clariant to show how to control of package humidity, moisture and oxygen at CPhI Barcelona
Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, and its Healthcare Packaging unit, are announcing the expansion of the EQ line of humidity-control products in Booth 2K60 at the CPhI Worldwide Innopack exhibition, which is being held Oct. 4-6 in Barcelona.
- Jo Webb
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