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Carbios’ path-breaking biorecycling process

Updated : 26-Aug-2020

Enzymatic Biorecycling

Carbios has developed a biology-based solution which uses enzymes to break down widely used PET plastics and fibers. The enzymatic process devloped by Carbios makes it possible to infinitely recycle plastic waste to create new plastic materials without a sophisticated sorting process. This approach gives new value to plastic, preventing post-consumer plastics from manifesting as waste.

Company Name

Carbios

Headquarters

France

Product Launched in

April 2011

Sustainability Benefits

  • The novel process is targeted at polyesters (PET, PLA, etc.) and polyamides (majority of plastic and packaging waste)

USP

  • Polymers do not lose performance value during de-polymerisation process.
  • Resulting monomers can be used in all applications as originally intended.

End user sector

  • Speciality Polymer Recyclers
  • Plastic Packaging Recyclers
  • Circular Plastic Production Firms
  • Plastic Recycling Establishments
  • Plastic Waste Management Groups

How does this work?

  • Enzymatic biorecycling enables the specific de-polymerization of a single polymer (e.g., PET) contained in the various plastics to be recycled.
  • At the end of two stages, the monomers resulting from the de-polymerization process will be purified, with the recycled materials displaying the same level of performance displayed by the original materials.

About the Company

Carbios is a green chemistry company whose innovations help address the environmental and sustainable development challenges facing manufacturers. Since its creation in 2011 by Truffle Capital, the Company has developed, through biotechnology, two industrial processes that revolutionize the biodegradation and recycling of polymers. These innovations, a world first, optimize the performance and lifecycle of plastics and textiles by exploiting the properties of highly specific enzymes.

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