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Carbios PET biorecycling

World-first enzyme-based process enabling infinite recycling of PET plastics and fibers.

February 2019
May 2022
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Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by Longlaville in Longlaville (France) in 2025

Potential saving of 45,000 tons of co2 equivalent per year

Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by L'Oréal in Clichy (France) in 2025

Successful production of the world’s first food-grade PET plastic bottles produced entirely from enzymatically recycled plastic.

Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by Michelin in Clermont-Ferrand (France) in 2021

Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process therefore enables Michelin to get one step closer to its sustainable ambitions, and contributes to the entry of tires into a true circular economy. Michelin is committed to achieving 40% sustainable materials (of renewable or recycled origin) by 2030 and 100% by 2050.

Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by Citeo in Longlaville (France) in 2023

Result of Citeo's call for tender: 108,000 tons of plastic packaging recycled by 2025; 4 new recycling units built in France, and 5 consolidated thanks to the tender;

Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by PVH Corps in Clermont-Ferrand (France) in 2023

Carbios PET biorecycling by CARBIOS implemented by Novozymes in Longlaville (France) in 2023

Processing capacity will be 50,000 tonnes of waste per year.

Carbios PET biorecycling

World-first enzyme-based process enabling infinite recycling of PET plastics and fibers.

  • World Alliance Member
  • Featured Solution
  • Labelled Solution
Label Date May 9, 2022
By CARBIOS
From France
Maturity stage TRL 7 - Prototype testing in the real world

Technology provides an industrial solution to the recycling of PET plastics and textiles (the dominant polymer in bottles, trays, and textiles made of polyester). The enzymatic recycling technology developed by Carbios deconstructs any type of PET plastic waste into its basic components, which can then be reused to produce new PET plastics of a quality equivalent to virgin ones. This innovation, the first of its kind in the world, was recently recognized in a scientific paper published in the prestigious journal Nature.

The Environmental Benefits

  • A 20m3 depolymerization reactor is capable of processing 2 tons of PET waste per batch, which is the equivalent of 100,000 bottles
  • The enzyme depolymerizes 90% of post-consumption PET in only 10 hours
  • Low temperature (72 °C), atmospheric pressure, water-based technology, no organic solvants
  • Potential saving of 30% CO2 emisions compared to a conventional end-of-life for PET waste not treated by mechanical recycling (mix of in incineration and landfill).

The Financial Benefits

  • Suitable with existing PET production facilities
  • A biological technology based on the principles of the Circular Economy that opens up new opportunities for all the players of the value chain
  • Upcycles post-consumer waste that today has no or very low value (few dollars per tons): trays as well as opaque, colored and multi-layered bottles unsuitable for mainstrain alternatives

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CARBIOS

Enzyme-based solutions for infinite biorecycling and biodegradation of plastics

Headquarters 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
Type Company
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