LanzaTech, Total and L'Oréal announce the first production of a plastic packaging made from industrial carbon emissions.
“Through an innovative partnership, LanzaTech, Total and L'Oréal produced the first sustainable bottles in the world, made from captured and recycled carbon emissions”, refer the French companies.
The conversion process includes the following steps: LanzaTech captures industrial carbon emissions and converts them to ethanol using a unique biological process. Total, thanks to an innovative dehydration process developed in conjunction with IFP Axens, converts ethanol into ethylene before polymerizing it into polyethylene, with the same technical characteristics as its fossil counterpart. Finally, L'Oréal uses this polyethylene to produce packaging with the same quality and properties as conventional polyethylene.
Jacques Playe, L'Oréal's Director of Packaging and Development, stated that “L'Oréal is constantly improving the environmental footprint of its packaging. With this innovation that converts carbon emissions into polyethylene, our goal is to develop a new sustainable packaging solution. We have the ambition to use this sustainable material in our shampoo and conditioner bottles until 2024 and we hope that other companies will join us in using this revolutionary innovation ”.