News | April 29, 2019

Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo And Suntory Beverage & Food Europe Join The Carbios And L'oréal Consortium To Support The World's First Enzymatic Technology Dedicated To Plastics Recycling

  • A partnership between world leaders to accelerate the recyclability of PET plastic products
  • Organic technology that fundamentally changes the recycling of PET plastics
  • A consortium that aims to make the circular economy of plastics an industrial reality

On behalf of the Consortium, Carbios, a pioneer company in the development of bio-industrial solutions dedicated to the life cycle of plastic and textile polymers, and L 'Oréal , world leader in beauty, are pleased to announce a major partnership with Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe.

Carbios has developed a unique and sustainable technology using highly specific enzymes that allow PET plastics and polyester fibers to be recycled more widely than other recycling technologies. This innovative process produces a recycled PET, equivalent to virgin PET, that can be used in applications such as bottles and packaging.

Carbios and L'Oréal have previously founded a Consortium to industrialize recycling technology designed and developed by Carbios. Committed to developing innovative solutions for sustainable development, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe join this Consortium to promote the circular economy of plastics through the breakthrough technology of Carbios.

Under the terms of this four-year agreement, Consortium partners are aiming to industrialize Carbios technology and thereby increase the availability of high-quality recycled plastics to support their sustainability commitments. As part of this collaboration, technical steps and support are planned to put in place a good supply of 100% recycled PET plastics worldwide.

Carbios has developed an innovative enzymatic process to deconstruct used PET plastics into their original constituents. These can then be reused to produce a high performance PET. This patented technology offers the possibility of loop recycling PET plastics and paves the way for the manufacture of new products from 100% recycled PET. Carbios has recently achieved a world first by producing PET bottles from recycled 100% recycled plastics.thanks to its enzymatic technology. This biological approach is applicable to all types of PET plastics (clear, colored, opaque and multilayer) and to PET polyesters. The process operates at a low temperature without any pressure or solvent. This optimizes its environmental footprint and provides a competitive solution to increase the rate of plastic recycling around the world. Thus Carbios recycling technology provides an ecological and sustainable solution favoring a true circular economy from used plastics and fibers.

Jean-Claude Lumaret, Chief Executive Officer of Carbios comments: " We are delighted to welcome Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe to the Consortium we founded with L'Oréal. Their contribution will accelerate our common ambition and support the industrialization of our recycling technology. This brings an unprecedented breakthrough solution in the treatment of used plastics. "

Philippe Thuvien, Vice President of Packaging and Development at L'Oréal , adds: " We are convinced that Carbios technology provides a complementary solution to mechanical and chemical recycling, to achieve our objectives: in 2025, 50% of the plastic components of our products will be from recycling or biobased. We know that by working alongside our partners, we will succeed in creating a more sustainable future based on circular economy principles. "

Massimo Casella, R & D Director at Nestlé Waters , adds: " We are very pleased to join the Consortium to support the development of this new technology. This can contribute to Nestlé's goal of increasing the recycled plastic content of its bottles without compromising on quality and helping to create a more sustainable environment for the next generation. "

Simon Lowden, Global Foods President of PepsiCo , adds, " PepsiCo aspires to a world where plastics never become waste. To achieve this, collaborative efforts are needed to drive profound changes throughout the packaging lifecycle. The Consortium offers us the opportunity to accelerate the development of this promising enzymatic recycling technology that, together with mechanical and chemical recycling, can bring us closer to a circular economy for plastics. "

Roberto Vanin, R & D Director, Suntory Beverage & Food Europe , concludes : " Tackling the global problem of plastic waste requires large-scale collaboration, innovative thinking and investments in new and revolutionary technologies. We are delighted to partner with Carbios to take concrete action to reduce the generation of plastic waste. Their innovative approach through the development of this enzymatic recycling technology echoes our desire, at Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, to identify and implement innovative solutions to address these issues and ensure a sustainable future. "

Source: Carbios