The multi-layer composite toothpaste tube can solve the problem of recycling colgate-palmolive

- Nov 28, 2019-

Colgate-palmolive will share the data behind the development of its recyclable toothpaste tubes with its competitors.

The move is part of the company's goal to change one of the most widely used but hard-to-recycle forms of plastic packaging.

The move was welcomed by the Ellen MacArthur foundation, whose director of new plastics economics Sander Defruyt commented: "it is encouraging to see Colgate's innovation not only replace today's non-recyclable toothpaste tubes, but also unveil this solution to promote tube recycling around the world."


On November 8, at the ChinaReplas2019 China international plastic recycling exhibition, Dr. Jun wang introduced the development of the Colgate palmolive recyclable toothpaste tube and how it was recognized by the American plastic recycling association (APR).

Dr. Wang jun first introduced the development of recyclable toothpaste tube need to pay attention to a few questions:?

Recyclability - suitable for HDPE color bottle recovery stream?

Consumer acceptance: comparable/acceptable performance to current packaging?

Packing productivity?

Supply chain efficiency


Cost: packaging cost and capital input

Toothpaste tubes consist of a complex set of caps, toothpaste tubes, and other components.

A toothpaste tube is made of different plastic combinations, sandwiched between a thin sheet of aluminum.

According to the APRDesign® plastic recycling guidelines, Colgate palmetto has improved some of the materials in the toothpaste tubes:

According to Dr. Wang, the development of colgate-palmolive, which began in 2014, took more than five years to develop, combining different grades and thickeners of HDPE laminate into recyclable tubes that protected the product while sustaining the demands of high-speed production and remained squeezable.

Finally, colgate-palmolive's recyclable toothpaste tube was recognized by the APR.

The first test product is already on U.S. shelves, and the toothpaste tube conversion is expected to be completed by the end of next year.

Colgate-palmolive was certified by the APR for converting a hard-to-recycle toothpaste tube into a recyclable one.

Such an innovation case is a meaningful attempt to promote the construction of plastic closed-loop, and it is also due to the detailed plastic recycling guidelines developed by APR, which points out the direction for the recyclable design of plastic.

The China waste plastics association has reached a partnership agreement with the American plastics recycling association (APR), and is working with the European plastics recycling association (PRE) to explore ways to promote high-quality plastic recycling and address plastic pollution.

Implementation in 2020, China banned imports of waste plastics in a week, from the amendment to the Basel convention officially implemented a year, plastics recycling industry increasingly complex international situation, under the new circumstances, Feb. 9-20, "waste plastics new observation" 13th organization industry enterprises to the United States, in 2020 the American plastics recycling convention, grasp the latest plastic recycling development direction, and local plastic recycling company in the United States at the same time.