Austrian plastics maker Borealis has introduced a sustainable packaging solution, which is produced by using post-consumer recycled (PCR) material.


Image: Henkel’s Pattex Made-at-Home Universal 80G bottle nozzle cap. Photo: courtesy of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA.

Borealis, in collaboration with the German consumer and industrial goods company Henkel and two additional value chain partners, has developed plastic bottle and nozzle with PCR material.

Suitable for consumer goods industry, the new packaging solution can be used for a variety of demanding packaging applications.

Borealis circular economy solutions head Günter Stephan said: “Even though momentum is gaining in the drive to increase the circularity of plastics, we still need to prove without a doubt within the industry that using recyclates – and even 100% PCR – is a suitable and effective option, even for demanding applications.”

The partnership has developed new packaging solution based on recycled material for the Made-at-Home all-purpose glue bottle and cap, which is Henkel’s product marketing under Pattex brand.

Henkel has selected new packaging solution to replace the virgin plastic material, which is generally used as a packaging developed by using recyclate-based resin.

Following extensive and joint application development, a new bottle has been developed with Borealis’ product brand Purpolen PE.

Purpolen PE is a polyethylene regranulate manufactured by mtm at its facilities in Niedergebra, Germany.

Purpolen polypropylene regranulate was identified as suitable solution for the three separate components of the adjustable applicator nozzle, which is used for both filigree and wide-area gluing.

German plastic components manufacturer bomo trendline Technik made the applicator nozzles.

According to Borealis, the new Pattex Made-at-Home packaging solution completed extensive application tests, including a three-month storage test and other tests of mechanical properties.

In 2016, Borealis acquired German recycler mtm plastics to explore new growth opportunities with joint forces.

Borealis said the new sustainable packaging solution is helping to increase its subsidiary mtm plastics’ circularity of plastics.

Henkel Adhesive Technologies global packaging engineering project manager Matthias Schaefer said: “This constructive collaboration with our partners proves the viability of 100% PCR material for an adhesive product like Made-at Home. It also underscores our efforts at Henkel to drive leadership in sustainability in the consumer goods sector.”