France – Since 2012, green chemistry company Carbios of France has been conducting research into an enzymatic recycling process for PET. This work has successfully demonstrated the 100% depolymerisation of PET-based commercial products into their original monomers such that the company is now claiming to offer a solution to the recycling of all PET products, including opaque PET milk bottles which ‘are not recyclable by conventional processes’, it states.
Approximately 3% of bottles are currently made of opaque PET and this material could well account for 100% of all milk bottles within the next five to 10 years, some experts have maintained. ‘The results of our work in PET biorecycling address a major environmental issue by exceeding the limits of current processes,’ comments Carbios’ ceo Jean-Claude Lumaret. ‘Our innovative approach enables us to meet these challenges and confirms the potential of our technology, now in its pilot stage and for which we hope to lead the industrialisation in the coming years.’
Carbios was founded in 2011 and is funded by Holding Incubatrice Chimie Verte.