French Carbios have now managed to adapt their enzymatic bioplastics manufacturing process to make Green PET (polyethylene terephthalate) from the petrochemical PET – one of the most common plastics.
Whilst various green initiatives push for better regulation of recycling (a prime example being in Berlin!), in reality only around 10% of plastic collected is actually recycled. This is a limitation of recycling technology, whereby the requirement for these bottles to be cleaned and sorted means an overall inefficiency. As a result, petrochemical-based PETs remain the more popular option to current bioplastic alternatives.
Carbios, from the Auvergne region (France), is a green-chemistry company which exploits enzymes to promote easier biodegradation of the bioplastics, making them a viable and greener alternative to the cheaper petrochemical (PET) plastic industry.
Founded in 2011, Carbios has been managed by the Holding Incubatrice Chimie Verte (and Truffle Capital) fund since its inception, though other partners include Deinove and Limagrain to name a few. Carbios was also named the ‘