L’ORÉAL and CARBIOS Sign Agreement to Jointly Found Consortium for Bio-Recycling of Plastic on Industrial Scale

27 October 2017

CARBIOS, a pioneer in the field of bioplasturgy, and L’ORÉAL worldwide beauty industry leader, are pleased to announce a new partnership regarding the sustainable management of plastic life cycle.

As part of their commitment to promoting the circular economy through innovative plastic recycling solutions, L’ORÉAL and CARBIOS have signed an agreement to jointly found a five-year consortium to bring the bio-recycling technology designed and developed by CARBIOS to market on an industrial scale. The partnership is open to industries from other sectors looking to develop new plastic bio-recycling solutions.

CARBIOS has developed 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. This biological process is free of the constraints facing conventional recycling techniques and is the first step to developing a new way of managing the plastic life cycle—in line with the circular economy.

L’ORÉAL and the other manufacturers in the consortium will benefit from the development of this CARBIOS innovation and will be first in line to receive the first available units. L’ORÉAL will use this new technology during the design phase for new packaging, thereby promoting the circular economy.

L’ORÉAL Packaging & Development Vice-President Philippe THUVIEN underscores that, “L’ORÉAL has been committed to an ambitious sustainable packaging programme for several years now. We currently use up to 100% recycled plastic for several different products. We’ve decided to go even further: with this innovative CARBIOS technology, L’ORÉAL is helping to make bio-recycling available on an industrial scale. It’s a wonderful opportunity to protect the environment, and this consortium will also help boost the circular economy.”

As CARBIOS CEO Jean-Claude LUMARET explains, “We are proud to have cofounded this consortium with L’ORÉAL. Our enzyme technology provides a brand new solution for optimising the performance and life cycle of plastics. L’ORÉAL’s commitment to sustainable development helps drive innovation, and we are confident that other international companies will join the project in the coming months to help us initiate a major transition in the way we produce the plastic materials of tomorrow.”