Three more household names have joined a consortium to promote a biological approach to recycling plastics. The group, founded by Carbios and L’Oreal, now adds Nestle, PepsiCo and Suntory to its rosta.
Carbios developed a technology that uses enzymes to break down various plastics and produce a material similar to virgin PET. This plastic has proven to have sufficient quality that it can be reused in bottles and other packaging without the need to blend it with new material. It could result in 100 per cent recycled PET bottles being widely available.
As their method uses a biological process, the environmental impact is lower.
All three companies see joining the consortium as a way to support growing moves to find ways of making plastics more sustainable.