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Henkel & UPM Raflatac Team-up to Reduce Label Liner Waste to Zero

Published on 2017-03-24. Author : SpecialChem

 Henkel’s Beauty Care business unit, which markets brands such as Schwarzkopf, has reduced its label liner waste to zero in a unique partnership with UPM Raflatac. Henkel generated more than 400 tons of siliconized glassine label liner waste at its Wassertrüdingen facility in Germany during 2016.

Henkel’s Beauty Care Reduces Label Liner Waste to Zero
Henkel’s Beauty Care Reduces Label Liner Waste to Zero

Through UPM Raflatac’s RafCycle recycling concept, Henkel has been able to recycle the entire amount, equivalent to 20 truckloads of liner waste.

Innovative Rafcycle Concept


UPM Raflatac’s innovative RafCycle concept gives a new life to self-adhesive label waste that would otherwise be incinerated or landfilled. In this latest success, UPM collects used label release liner from Henkel and recycles it into new graphic printing paper for books and magazines at the UPM Plattling paper mill in Germany.

Greg Douglas, Business Development for Tapes, Labels, Coatings in Europe at Henkel, commented:

“Cooperating with our partners along our value chain is a key element in our sustainability strategy. The partnership with UPM Raflatac reflects our belief that sustainability is inseparably linked to innovation and efficiency. In our workshop with UPM Raflatac, our Henkel Laundry experts were able to develop additional ideas, setting the path for further improvements, especially in the field of new sustainable label design.”

Strengthening Collaboration


Juha Virmavirta, Director, RafCycle solutions, UPM Raflatac, said:

“Henkel has a wide-ranging role in the labelling value chain – both as a raw material supplier and as a label end-user. This makes Henkel an important partner for us, and the RafCycle program is a vital element of our cooperation. We both see sustainability as a key to success and a driver of innovation. Our recycling partnership is a concrete example of this, and I’m convinced there are many more opportunities to deepen our cooperation.”

UPM Raflatac and Henkel continue to strengthen their collaboration in support of sustainable development in the labelling value chain. Henkel was recently awarded the RafCycle partner certificate for glassine paper liner recycling.

About Henkel

Henkel operates worldwide with brands and technologies in three business units: Laundry & Home Care, Beauty Care and Adhesive Technologies. Founded in 1876, Henkel holds globally one of the leading market positions, both in the consumer and in the industrial businesses, with well-known brands such as Persil, Schwarzkopf and Loctite. Henkel employs about 50,000 people and reported sales of 18.1 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of 2.9 billion euros in fiscal 2015. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX.

Henkel Beauty Care is one of the largest cosmetic companies in hair cosmetics. With broad experience in the development of breakthrough innovations in the fields of Hair Coloring, Hair Care and Hair Styling, Beauty Care has gained leading positions across regions and customer segments.

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Source: Henkel
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