Henkel creates prize competition to attract partners on closing the loop for sealant and adhesive cartridges

November 05, 2021
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June 16, 2022
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The "Seal the Cycle" initiative, with nonprofit Fundación Chile, aims to entice innovators to create solutions for recycling silicone adhesive and sealant cartridges by dangling a €20,000 prize. While these tubes are made from HDPE, there's a need to separate the silicone residue and enable more direct recycling. Despite all the momentum around the circular economy for major segments like beverage bottles, companies looking to meet sustainability goals in relatively niche areas like silicone cartridges will increasingly need to use tools like competitions (or novel networks like innovation clusters) to break through to the right partners – though they should be sure judging criteria are solid.

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