L'Oréal and Carbios have announced the founding of a five-year consortium that will focus on the bio-recycling of plastic.
Together the companies will bring the bio-recycling technology developed by Carbios to market on an industrial scale. This technology is an "enzymatic bio-recycling process for plastics that breaks polymers down to the basic components (monomers) originally used to create them. Once separated and purified, the monomers can be used again to create virgin plastic, without losing any value through the recycling process."
L'Oréal and other manufacturers in the consortium will be the first to receive units created using this technology. L'Oréal says it will use the technology for new packaging.