CARBIOS has partnered with cosmetics brand L’OCCITANE en Provence and Pinard Beauty Pack to develop a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle made entirely from the enzymatic depolymerisation process.  

The transparent bottle will be adopted on the brand’s Amande range shower oil.  

The production of this 100% recycled PET bottle commenced with the sourcing of PET waste from local collection points to CARBIOS’ industrial demonstrator in Clermont-Ferrand, France.  

The waste comprises coloured bottles, multilayer trays, and residues from mechanical recycling. 

Using CARBIOS’ biorecycling technology, these wastes were transformed back into their original monomers, terephthalic acid and monoethylene glycol.

These monomers were then repolymerised into new PET resins within Europe. 

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In Oyonnax, France, the recycled resins were blow-moulded by Pinard Beauty Pack into bottles to meet L’OCCITANE’s specifications.  

Subsequently, these bottles were filled with shower oil at L’OCCITANE’s Manosque plant.  

This process enhances the environmental benefits of the technology and life cycle analysis of products by reducing transport distances while integrating local collection and production processes. 

The collaboration highlights a collective ambition to expedite the shift towards a circular economy for plastics.  

The bottle will be showcased at CARBIOS’ Stand D02 during the ‘Edition Spéciale’ by LuxePack in Paris on 4-5 June 2024. 

CARBIOS CEO Emmanuel Ladent said: “CARBIOS’ innovation accelerates the transition to a circular economy by offering an alternative to petro-sourced PET and a circular PET recycling solution that reduces CO₂ [carbon dioxide] emissions by 57%. 

“But to create an efficient recycling sector, all players in the value chain have their part to play and must work together. The long-term partnership between CARBIOS and L’OCCITANE is testament of this shared desire to promote more responsible consumption. The bottle produced with L’OCCITANE and its converter Pinard illustrates how the industry is moving forward.” 

Last month, CARBIOS broke the ground for its new PET biorecycling plant in Longlaville, France.