Carbios produces first clear plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled textile waste
CARBIOS (Euronext Growth Paris: ALCRB), a company pioneering new enzymatic solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, today announced it has successfully produced the first bottles containing 100% recycled Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA) from textile waste that contains a high PET content. This result confirms the capacity of Carbiosâ technology to recycle textile waste and opens up access to an additional waste stream of up to 42 million tons per year, worth over $ 40 billion.
âI am very proud that we successfully transformed polyester textile waste into clear bottles, which have identical properties as those made from virgin PET. This major innovation allows us to expand our sources of supply which, until now, consisted primarily of PET plastic waste,â said Professor Alain Marty, Chief Scientific Officer of Carbios.
Currently, mechanical recycling technologies do not enable clothing waste to be recycled efficiently. The few textiles that can be reused, are incorporated into lower quality applications such as padding, insulators or rags. This process is called âdowncyclingâ.
In contrast, the breakthrough developed by Carbios enables polyester textile fibers to be âupcycledâ in a high quality grade of PET suitable for the production of clear bottles.
âThis result demonstrates the extent of our technologyâs possibilities: We can now produce transparent bottles from polyester textile waste or from post-consumer colored bottles. This works both ways â so we can also make a t-shirt from bottles or disposable food trays,â said Professor Marty. Indeed, Carbios has succeeded in producing PET fibers for textile applications with 100% rPTA, from enzymatically recycled PET plastic waste.
These major outcomes were achieved as part of the CE-PET (Circular Economy PET) research project, of which Carbios is the lead alongside its partner TWB (Toulouse White Biotechnology). This project was financed by ADEME (the French Environment and Energy Management Agency) (2).
Carbiosâ process enables low-value waste to be recovered and to have a new life in more challenging applications â in short, it facilitates infinite recycling of PET-based plastics and textiles. This innovative enzymatic waste recycling technology is fully in line with European objectives of creating a circular economy and strengthening environmental protection.
(1) Source: HIS Markit 2018
(2) Project carried out under the Future Investment Program (PIA nÂ° 1882C0098). The innovations announced were carried out as part of the validation of the second key stage of the project. As such, Carbios received in the first half of 2020 a total amount of one (1) million euros.Photo credit: Carbios Related News September 29, 2020 Carbios to move facilities to a Michelin site in Clermont-Ferrand, France September 07, 2020 Carbios appoints Kader Hidra as Chief Financial Officer July 27, 2020 Carbios announces the strong success of its capital increase through a placement to qualified investors for an amount of â¬27 million
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» Publication Date: 19/11/2020
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