Recyclable packaging is a prerequisite for a functioning circular economy. In order to quickly and reliably determine the recyclability of new packaging, Henkel uses its specially developed software tool EasyD4R. Henkel has now made this assessment tool publicly available on its website that more companies and organisations can use it and more easily develop sustainable packaging solutions.
The software tool EasyD4Ris based on public and recognised criteria catalogues such as those from Plastics Recyclers Europe and isused by Henkel throughout the company. The goal is to quickly and accurately assess the recyclability of packaging already during the early stages of product development. This was confirmed by an independent test completed by Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology Umsicht. The scientists analysed the evaluation software and its results and compared them with national as well as international standards.
Assess recyclability at the touch of a button
The software evaluates the recyclability of packaging based on its composition and the individual weight proportions of the respective components such as basic materials, closures, labels or colours. For all materials in question, the tool stores information on the suitability for identification during sorting, and for processing during recycling. On this basis, EasyD4Rshowsclear results displayed on a traffic-light evaluation system: It provides information on the recyclability of each design as a percentage and the material combinations which can be optimised for recycling. By doing so, it supports the development of sustainable packaging solutions.