Global brands join Consortium to develop 100% recycled PET plastic

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
PET depolymerisation reactor

Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe have joined industry group Consortium to create 100% recycled PET plastics.

Consortium was founded by L’Oreal and bio-industrial solutions company Carbios to improve the lifecycle of plastic polymers.

Carbios has developed a process that breaks down PET plastic waste into its original building blocks which can then be used to produce high-quality PET plastic.

This has the potential to recycle PET plastic repeatedly and pave the way for 100% recycled PET content for new products, which is achieved using enzymatic technology.

The process can handle all forms of PET plastics and uses limited heat and no pressure or solvents.

This improves its environmental impact and creates a solution to increase global plastic rates.

Committing to a four-year agreement, the Consortium partners will now bring the new technology to the market and increase the availability of high-quality recycled plastics.

Roberto Vanin, chief R&D officer Suntory Beverage and Food Europe, said: “Addressing the global issue of plastic waste requires large scale collaboration, innovative thinking and investment in new and ground-breaking technologies. We are delighted to partner with Carbios to drive real action to tackle plastic waste.”

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