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Successful 1st PET Biorecycling Summit

Carbios process makes it possible to recycle all types of waste, including polyester textiles.

12th December 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Paris

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

During 2022, Carbios has secured deals with apparel brands On, Patagonia, Puma and Salomon and from December 7-8 hosted the world’s first PET Biorecycling Summit in Paris.

The event attracted over 100 participants from the scientific, academic and industrial worlds to exchange knowledge on advances in the field of biological recycling and how to bring these innovations for a circular economy to market.

“At Carbios, our teams have developed a unique enzymatic process that makes it possible to biologically recycle the second most widely used plastic in the world – PET,” explained chief scientific officer Alain Marty. “Unlike mainstream recycling methods, our process makes it possible to recycle all types of waste, even polyester textiles, to be reused in the production of new PET plastics with equivalent quality to virgin PET. The first PET Biorecycling Summit allowed us to explore the scientific advances in the field of enzymatic recycling and to challenge ourselves to go further and faster, with the support of an international network of experts.”

“The success of our industrialisation model is based on our ability to forge strategic partnerships,” added CEO Emmanuel Ladent. “Since our inception, we have built partnerships in research, business and finance, as well as consortiums with major brand owners in both the packaging and textile industries. I am honoured that so many delegates were present for the first PET Biorecycling Summit, as I am convinced that we can only reach a truly circular economy with biological recycling if academics and industry work hand in hand.”

The summit concluded with a visit to the Carbios demonstration plant in Clermont-Ferrand, France, which was inaugurated in September 2021.

In partnership with Indorama Ventures, the company is on track to build and operate the world’s first industrial-scale enzymatic PET recycling plant with an annual  processing capacity of 50,000 tons of PET waste per year ny 2025, in Longlaville, France, and to start licensing its technology throughout the world.

Carbios has also developed an enzymatic biodegradation technology for PLA-based single-use plastics. This technology can create a new generation of plastics that are 100% compostable in domestic conditions, integrating enzymes at the heart of the plastic product.

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