News from Henkel regarding recyclable adhesives for packaging applications garnered the most reader interest last week (Henkel Adhesives Receive RecyClass Approval for Recyclability): “Two Henkel adhesives from the Loctite Liofol RE range for use in flexible packaging have been recognized by RecyClass as fully compatible with existing recycling processes for polyethylene (PE). The development of these adhesives ensures that flexible packaging can be recycled into higher quality plastics, and it enables better second-life options in various applications. Henkel reports that this is a key milestone toward greater sustainability and the creation of a circular economy.

“RecyClass is a cross-industry initiative that advances plastic packaging recyclability and ensures traceability and transparency of recycled plastic content in Europe. The organization aims to establish a harmonized approach toward recycled content calculation through activities such as the rigorous scientific testing and certification of innovative materials.

“‘To receive the RecyClass approval, our innovative SF adhesives were extensively tested in accordance with strict scientific protocols that have confirmed their suitability for the packaging recycling process,’ said Guilherme Fernandes, senior manager of product development for polyurethanes at Henkel.”

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Top 5 News that Sticks for December 12-18

  1. Henkel Adhesives Receive RecyClass Approval for Recyclability #4 last week
  2. BASF Increases Additive Prices second week at #2
  3. Meridian Adhesives Group Relocates to Houston
  4. Ajdari Joins Arkema as Chief Technology Officer
  5. Meridian Adhesives Group Acquires Tri-Tex Adhesives Division

This weekly roundup highlights the adhesives, sealants, and coatings-related news stories that garnered the most attention during the previous week on our website, as well as our eNewsletters and social media channels.