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CLERMONT-FERRAND, France: February 27, 2019. Carbios, a provider of bioindustrial solutions to replace PET-based (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic packaging, has successfully produced the first PET-bottles made with 100 percent Purified Terephthalic Acid (rPTA), through the enzymatic biorecycling of plastic waste.

PET is used to produce plastic packaging, textile fibers and nearly 500 billion units of plastic bottles each year. The market is expected to grow 4.8 percent annually to 2025.

Corbios biorecycled PETAbout eight million tonnes of plastic are thrown into the world’s oceans annually of which 236,000 tonnes are microplastics – pieces smaller than a fingernail. The overall volume is forecast to increase 10 times by 2020.

Carbios chief scientific officer Alain Marty commented: “We have successfully developed the first biological process with which all kinds of PET plastic waste can be broken down into its original components and reused to produce virgin plastic products for applications such as PET-bottles.

“This new step shows the strong potential of [our] enzymatic technology and provides a breakthrough solution to help solve society’s growing waste problem,” he continued.

The company says its breakthrough is a major milestone to engage the plastics supply and demand sectors in a responsible transition towards a circular economy by decoupling the production of new plastic bottles from petrochemical feedstock and making waste collection economically more viable.

“The plastics industry faces fundamental challenges related to sustainability. Our technology, based on a circular model, reuses resources rather than consuming them,” added Carbios CEO Jean-Claude Lumaret. “This new milestone takes us one step closer to bringing our technology to the market.

"With the construction of our demonstration plant to start later this year, we’re aiming to engage the whole plastics industry in a transition towards a circular economy and take a leadership role as a global license provider for the biorecycling of PET plastics and fibers.”

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