Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage and Food Europe have teamed up to support recyclability of products made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.

The beverage firms have joined the consortium founded by Carbios and L’Oréal in a bid to work collaboratively in enhancing the enzymatic recycling technology.

Carbios CEO Jean-Claude Lumaret said: “We are thrilled to welcome Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage and Food Europe into the consortium we have created with L’Oréal.

“Their contribution will accelerate our common ambition and help to industrialise our recycling technology, which brings a breakthrough solution in the treatment of plastic waste.”

As part of the four-year partnership, the consortium partners will work collaboratively to introduce PET-enhanced recycling technology from Carbios to the market, as well as increase the availability of high-quality recycled plastics to fulfil their sustainability commitments.

They will also focus on achieving technical milestones and provide support to supply consumer-grade, 100%-recycled PET plastics for global markets.

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“Their contribution will accelerate our common ambition and help to industrialise our recycling technology.”

Nestlé Waters R&D head Massimo Casella said: “We are pleased to be joining the Consortium in supporting the development of this new technology.

“It can help us to achieve Nestlé’s goal of increasing the amount of recycled PET content in our bottles without compromising on quality and contribute to creating an environmentally sustainable world for the next generation.”

Leveraging highly specific enzymes, Carbios developed a sustainable technology to recycle much broader PET plastics and polyester fibres feedstock.

The process creates recycled PET for various applications such as making bottles and other forms of packaging. The material can be used repeatedly and is suitable to produce new products with 100% recycled PET content.