Jokey, Henkel and Akpol cooperate to promote circular economy in Poland
The collaboration aims to advance the circular economy in both the plastics industry and the construction sector and further solidify sustainability along the entire value chain. The three companies have already been active in a pilot project with fully recyclable packaging since 2021. The project explores the possibilities of closed loops, where raw materials are kept in strictly closed cycles. To ensure this, Henkel as brandowner, Jokey as a specialist in sustainable packaging solutions and Akpol as an expert in plastics recycling work closely together: Henkel fills construction products for the Polish market in recyclate buckets from Jokey, to which Akpol supplies the raw materials recovered through recycling. These come from a customized collection system. In this process, used Jokey buckets are specifically collected from construction sites and delivered to Akpol for recycling. The company recovers high-quality post-consumer recyclate from it through mechanical recycling and supplies it back to Jokey for the production of new recyclate buckets. After the test phase, the project will be analyzed and expanded if the closed loop is successful.
“For us, this project is significant in several ways,” emphasizes Lukas Heller, Key Account Manager Jokey, “because we launched the first buckets made from post-consumer recyclates back in 1991 – for our customer Henkel! At the time, these were considered 'drab eco-buckets'. Today, on the other hand, they are seen as a clear statement in favor of the circular economy. This is precisely what our successful 'Gray is the New Green' campaign is aimed at. We are therefore pleased that this renewed collaboration closes the circle in two respects: on the one hand, with regard to our early joint sustainability ambitions, and on the other hand, with regard to plastics cycles.”
Henkel also sees sustainable packaging solutions as an important pillar of the company’s commitment to sustainability: “Henkel is intensively committed to driving the circular economy across all industries, including in our construction business,” affirms Adrian Orbea, Corporate Director Global Marketing, Digitalization and Sustainability for the Construction Business at Henkel. “We invest and collaborate to develop energy-efficient solutions as well as sustainable building materials, focusing on the three key areas of CO2 reduction, safe housing and circular economy. As part of our commitment to this last pillar, we are now launching new sustainable packaging that is fully recyclable and maximizing the amount of recycled content in the packaging.”
And Rafal Topolski, sales manager for regranulates at Akpol, is pleased to be able to participate in this project together with Henkel and Jokey: “We recycle the used buckets we receive and produce pure post-consumer recyclates from polypropylene for the production of new recyclate buckets. So all three of us can help close the loop.”
The circular economy is an important lever for achieving the Paris climate targets
Jokey has long been committed to the further development of the circular economy – in Germany, Europe and worldwide. The Jokey Eco Concept contains the complete sustainability program and provides a clear orientation to further adapt Jokey products to the requirements of a circular economy, lower the CO2 footprint and achieve the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement. This also includes constantly exploring new ways of completely closing plastic loops in various pilot projects together with selected partners. In addition to established collection systems, customized disposal concepts also play a role. This is because the more homogeneous the sorted materials from the collection systems are, the more specifically they can subsequently be fed into the recycling loop.
The Jokey Group is a company in the plastics processing industry. For 50 years, the name Jokey has stood for high expertise in plastic injection molding and customer-oriented service. Jokey manufactures environmentally friendly packaging and offers industry-specific packaging solutions for food and non-food fillers. With 2,200 employees, the group of companies produces in 15 plants in 12 countries and supplies customers in around 80 countries. Its own toolmaking company, a business unit for technical plastic parts and for bathroom furniture round off its plastics expertise. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in Wipperfürth, Germany, the company is managed by the second and third generations of the Kemmerich family. The Jokey Eco Concept is based on extensive research, development and experience. In the packaging sector, it has long met the high demands for recyclability, functionality and sustainable design.
Henkel operates globally with a well-balanced and diversified portfolio. The company holds leading positions with its three business units in both industrial and consumer businesses thanks to strong brands, innovations and technologies. Henkel Adhesive Technologies is the global leader in the adhesives market – across all industry segments worldwide. In its Laundry & Home Care and Beauty Care businesses, Henkel holds leading positions in many markets and categories around the world. Founded in 1876, Henkel looks back on more than 140 years of success. In 2020, Henkel reported sales of more than 19 billion euros and adjusted operating profit of about 2.6 billion euros. Henkel employs about 53.000 people globally – a passionate and highly diverse team, united by a strong company culture and shared values. As a recognized leader in sustainability, Henkel holds top positions in many international indices and rankings. Henkel’s preferred shares are listed in the German stock index DAX. For more information, please visit www.henkel.com
Founded in 2005, AKPOL is a specialist for plastic recycling and a pioneer in the production of high-quality PP, HDPE and LDPE regranulates. It has been the first company in Poland which implemented automatic segregation into the plastic waste recycling process and, in addition, utilizes a technology to reduce the odour and volatile substances of its products. By giving new life to post-consumer plastic waste, AKPOL successfully implements the company mission: taking care for the environment and promoting ecological solutions across industries. These achievements are confirmed by the certificate EUCERTPLAST. Today, AKPOL employs about 300 employees and recycles more than 60.000 tons of post-consumer plastic waste annually. For more information, please visit https://akpolrecykling.pl/en