P&G & PureCycle Invent Breakthrough Technology to Revolutionize Plastics Recycling
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P&G and PureCycle Technologies recently hosted a ribbon-cutting for a plant that will use a P&G-invented technology with the potential to revolutionize plastics recycling. P&G scientists figured out a way to restore recycled polypropylene plastics to “virgin-like” quality.
The new plant (located in Hanging Rock, Ohio) will leverage the patented technology born in P&G’s corporate R&D labs. P&G has licensed the technology to PureCycle, a portfolio company of Innventure, a Wasson Enterprise Partnership that commercializes disruptive technologies.
Revolutionize Plastic Recycling Industry
Kathy Fish, P&G Chief Technology Officer, said:
Science and Inspiration Behind the Breakthrough Technology
Recycling is a vital part of who we are as a company, but it’s also a very complex system. A few years ago, Dr. John Layman, a Senior Scientist in P&G’s R&D division at the was given the task to increase the amount of recycled plastics used in P&G’s products and packaging.
After analyzing and testing countless samples of recycled plastics from various suppliers, Layman and the R&D team realized that the poor quality of recycled plastic was the biggest challenge preventing P&G from using more. With the aim to improve recycled plastic quality, they developed a purification technology and worked with Innventure to bring it to life.
Layman, who is now a Section Head in Corporate Research and Development, and the lead inventor of P&G’s purification technology, said:
P&G has always wanted to use more recycled plastic in our process, but we have high standards and what was available on the market did not meet our need.
With this new technology that takes nearly all the imperfections out of the final product, it will enable us to increase usage of recycled plastics and help move closer to meeting sustainability goals. While this is a P&G-developed technology, the recycled polypropylene produced by PureCycle will be widely available for purchase across the entire plastics industry.