The three will work together to develop a fully biodegradable commercial scale PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) plastic bottle made from renewable and sustainable sources. Danone and Nestlé Waters – the world’s biggest bottled water companies – will provide Origin Materials with the financial backing to progress its pioneering technology.
Origin has made 80% bio-based samples at its Sacramento pilot plant. Now the startup will begin to construct its ‘pioneer plant’ where sample bottles made with more than 60% bio-based materials will be produced next year. The plan is to build on this and have bottles 75% bio-based around 2020, increasing to 95% in 2022. And he Alliance will continue its research with the ultimate goal of achieving 100%.
“Our goal is to establish a circular economy for packaging by sourcing sustainable materials and creating a second life for all plastics. We believe it’s possible to replace traditional fossil materials with bio-based packaging materials. By teaming up and bringing together our complementary expertise and resources, the Alliance can move faster in developing 100% renewable and recyclable PET plastic at commercial scale,” said Frederic Jouin, head of R&D for plastic materials at Danone.
The Alliance will give other stakeholders access to the technology in a spirit of open innovation designed to delver a sustainable future for the industry.