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HERMA unveils 'pioneering' recycling scheme

Self-adhesive technology specialist HERMA has announced details of a new scheme, focused on using discarded packaging to create high-quality plastic products and containers.

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The initiative has already attracted the interest of drug store chain dm-drogerie markt

Working in partnership with schäfer-etiketten and Polifilm, the trio have been able to produce a PE label consisting entirely of post-consumer recycled (PCR) material recovered from milk bottles.

HERMA’s wash-off label adhesive 62Rpw, which is used in the product, allows the labels to be washed off without leaving any residue, so that they can be removed from the recycling stream, together with the adhesives and inks.

Drug store chain dm-drogerie markt has already expressed an interest in using the product to help enhance its own environmental credentials.

“This is a very promising project; it can effectively and substantially increase the recovery rate of household plastic packaging waste while at the same time improving the quality of the pellets produced during recycling,” says Dagmar Glatz, who oversees sustainable packaging on behalf of dm-drogerie markt.

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