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Innovative Luminy® PLA Water Bottle with Embossed Label Streamlines Recycled PLA Production

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In collaboration with TotalEnergies Corbion, Sansu, a Korean water producer, is developing an embossed label water bottle using Luminy® PLA bioplastics to accelerate the adoption of recycled PLA as feedstock. This innovative approach is poised to transform recycled PLA production processes, indicating a significant step towards a more sustainable future.

Since 2019, Sansu and TotalEnergies Corbion have been involved in Post-Consumer-Recycling (PCR) of PLA. Traditionally, recycling PCR PLA has been a laborious process involving label and cap removal, followed by crushing, cleaning, and shipping the used PLA as flakes to TotalEnergies Corbion’s Thailand plant for de-polymerization into polylactic acid monomers and subsequent re-polymerization into recycled PLA. Recognizing the inefficiencies of this process, Sansu and TotalEnergies Corbion have agreed to produce a 100% PLA bottle with an embossed label, streamlining the processing of PCR PLA bottles by eliminating the need for label and cap removal steps.

Recent advancements in recycling technology have facilitated the seamless conversion of used PLA into new recycled PLA (RPLA) with properties comparable to virgin Luminy® PLA, including approval for food contact.

TotalEnergies Corbion specializes in producing PLA with 20% and 30% allocated recycled content, catering to global clients like Sansu. Sansu’s commitment to implementing a “bottle-to-bottle” closed-loop cycle underscores its dedication to sustainability by integrating advanced recycled content into its water bottles.

The partnership between Sansu and TotalEnergies Corbion signifies a collaborative effort to promote the adoption of Luminy® PLA bioplastics and reduce carbon emissions from plastic use. Thomas Philipon, CEO of TotalEnergies Corbion, highlights the significance of such partnerships in driving sustainability initiatives, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17 on Partnerships for the Goals. He emphasizes, “This partnership exemplifies TotalEnergies’ engagement with partners in the value chain to advance the use of Luminy® PLA bioplastics and contribute to reducing carbon emissions from plastic use.” Additionally, this collaboration demonstrates a clear design for recycling approach that can also be applied to PLA, in accordance with the forthcoming Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation in the EU.

The agreement signed by Ji-Hoon Kim, CEO of Sansu, and Thomas Philipon, CEO of TotalEnergies Corbion, marks a significant milestone in the pursuit of a more sustainable future. Together, they are pioneering innovative solutions that prioritize environmental responsibility and support the establishment of a circular economy.

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