Carbios, a pioneer in the development of enzymatic solutions dedicated to the end-of-life of plastic and textile polymers, has signed an agreement with On AG, Zurich/Switzerland, Patagonia, Ventura, CA/USA, Puma AG, Herzogenaurach/Germany, and Salomon SAS, Epangy Metz-Tessy/France, to develop solutions that will enhance the recyclability and circularity of their products.
An important element of the 2-year deal will be to speed up the introduction of Carbios’ unique bio-recycling technology, which constitutes a breakthrough for the textile industry. Carbios SA, Clermont-Ferrand/France, and the 4 companies will also research how products can be recycled, develop solutions to take-back worn polyester items, including sorting and dismantling technologies, and gather data on fiber-to-fiber recycling as well as circularity models.
Carbios’ innovative process constitutes a real technological breakthrough for the recycling of polyester (PET) fibers, which are widely used in apparel, footwear and sportswear, on their own or together with other fibers. PET is the most important fiber for the textile industry with 52 million tons produced, even surpassing cotton at 23MT1. The bio-recycling process uses an enzyme capable of selectively extracting the polyester, recovering it to recreate a virgin fiber. This new technology makes it possible to recover the PET present in all textile waste that cannot be recycled using traditional technologies.
PET plastics and fibers are used to make everyday consumer goods such as bottles, packaging and textiles. Today, most PET is produced from fossil resources, then used and discarded according to a wasteful linear model. By creating a circular economy from used plastics and fibers, Carbios’ bio-recycling technology offers a sustainable and more responsible solution.