Beauty giant L’Oréal, carbon recycling company LanzaTech and energy company Total have teamed up to present a cosmetic plastic bottle made from recycled industrial carbon emissions, reported.
Plastic production takes place in three stages. In the first phase, LanzaTech captures industrial carbon emissions and converts them into ethanol using a complex biological process. Next, Total joins the process using an innovative dehydration process developed in partnership with IFP Axens to convert ethanol to ethylene and polymerize it to polyethylene.
The resulting product has the same technical characteristics as its fossil fuel counterpart. In the last step, L’Oréal uses polyethylene for packaging.
L’Oréal, LanzaTech and Total are currently exploring the possibility of increasing production of new environmentally friendly plastics. The partners hope other companies will join them and introduce innovative sustainable packaging into their supply chains.