Packaging for glass cleaners, and soon mouth washes and liquid soaps too, now contains up to 30% PET obtained from CO2 (with mass balance), thus replacing new PET normally obtained from crude oil. New PET from CO2 is therefore an ecologically sensible complement to recycled PET. This means the Mibelle Group can process recycled CO2 to make new packaging.
Conversion to a rational raw material
As early as 2020, the Mibelle Group started using ethanol produced using CO2 recycling technology in detergents (more information here). Similarly to beer brewing, during a fermentation process bacteria convert the captured CO2 into ethanol. The Mibelle Group is now taking the process to the next level.
Ethanol is used as the basis for manufacturing sustainable plastic, which is perfect for use in packaging. The recycled CO2 packaging reduces crude oil consumption, binds the greenhouse gas and can be disposed of as usual in existing recycling. CO2 PET therefore has a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional PET, yet is the same quality.
The Mibelle Group has teamed up with start-up company LanzaTech for the CO2 recycling, to create a sustainable alternative plastic for packaging.