PE label made entirely from post-consumer recycle material, developed by Herma in collaboration with schäfer-etiketten and Polifilm, has won the German Packaging Award in the sustainability category.
The award, held under the patronage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is the most prestigious packaging competition in Europe. It is organized by the German Packaging Institute.
Each year, the independent panel of experts comprising trade associations, companies, trading organizations and research institutions award accolades for pioneering developments for packaging. In 2020, the winners included 38 innovations from Germany, Austria, the UK and Switzerland.
The PE label, awarded this year, is made entirely from post-consumer recycled material from PE packaging generated from the collection of recyclable materials. It is claimed to be the first of its kind worldwide. The process enables empty packaging to be consistently recycled to create new high-quality plastic products. The label creates new opportunities for an optimum material cycle, provided that recycling companies will switch from cold to hot washing for PE/PP packaging.
The Herma wash-off adhesive for the 62Rpw labels also removes a major barrier for the genuine recycling of polyolefin packaging (PE/PP). It ensures that labels can be washed off without leaving any residues and can be sorted out of the flow of recyclable materials along with adhesives and printing inks.
‘We are proud that our efforts to make packaging and recycling processes more sustainable are being recognized,’ said Dr Thomas Baumgärtner, managing director and head of self-adhesive materials division at Herma. ‘Our focus will continue to be on solutions that promote the conscious use of resources and materials.’
Herma received the German Packaging Award also in 2019 for the InNo-Liner system as well as a PE film, 50 percent of which is made from post-consumer recycled material.