Young chemical company Carbios has enlisted On, Patagonia, Puma and Salomon as consortium partners to push its bio-recycling technology further. This is because the industry will not be able to achieve its sustainability goals by recycling PET bottles.
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The bio-recycling process developed by Carbios is designed to use an enzyme to break down any type of PET into its basic components, which can then be reused to produce new equivalent PET plastics - over and over again. By selectively extracting polyester, the technology makes it possible for the first time to recover PET polyester, which is present in all textile waste and cannot be recycled using conventional technologies.
The four new consortium partners will now work with Carbios to investigate how they can recycle their products and develop solutions for taking back worn polyester items, including sorting and disassembly technologies. In addition, they will collect data on fiber-to-fiber recycling and closed-loop models. The collaboration is scheduled to last two years.
Carbios was launched in 2011 by Truffle Capital. In 2017, the company formed a consortium with L'Oréal to help industrialize what it calls “proprietary recycling technology”. Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe joined this consortium in April 2019.
In 2021, Carbios launched its demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand. By building a plant in partnership with Thai chemical group Indorama Ventures, Carbios says it has taken another important step toward industrializing its process.
This article was published by textilwirtschaft.de on July, 7th, 2022