CCL and Henkel win Awa Award for sustainable sleeve technology

CCL Label, a leader in specialty label, security and packaging solutions, and Henkel announced that they have won the Awa (Alexander Watson Associates) Award for their Best in Class Sustainable Design for Henkel’s Vernel brand fabric softener bottle.

Awa stated „The design was applauded for emphasising recyclability and adhering to EPBP guidelines. The container, constructed from 100 per cent recycled PET bottle materials and a low-density polyolefin sleeve, is designed for easy sorting and recycling“. To improve the recyclability of the PET bottle bodies of its fabric softeners in Europe, Henkel partnered with CCL who has developed a new generation of floatable polyolefin material for shrink sleeves called Ecofloat. This low-density material can be separated from PET bottle components during the sink-float separation process at recycling facilities. While the heavier bottle material sinks to the bottom of the water baths, the lightweight sleeve material floats to the top, even with full printed designs. This enables a clean separation of the PET and the label material, which is necessary to gain high-quality PET recyclate.

“The bottle body of our fabric softeners in Europe already consists of 100 per cent recycled PET. Using the new sleeve material, they are now also designed for recycling,” said Abdullah Mahmood Khan, Head of Global R&D Packaging for Fabric Enhancers at Henkel. “Many consumers don’t remove the sleeve before discarding the bottle, which mostly means that the bottle cannot be recycled either. We have now found a solution to enable the recycling of our bottle bodies in this case.”

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