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P&G & PureCycle Invent Breakthrough Technology to Revolutionize Plastics Recycling

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P&G andáPureCycle Technologies recently hosted aáribbon-cutting foráaáplant thatáwilláuse aáP&G-invented technology withátheápotentialátoárevolutionize plastics recycling. P&G scientists figured outáaáway toárestore recycled polypropylene plastics toáôvirgin-likeö quality.

Theánew plant (located ináHanging Rock, Ohio) willáleverage theápatented technology born ináP&Gĺs corporate R&D labs. P&G has licensed theátechnology toáPureCycle, aáportfolio company ofáInnventure, aáWasson Enterprise Partnership thatácommercializes disruptive technologies.

Revolutionize Plastic Recycling Industry

Kathy Fish, P&G Chief Technology Officer, said:
ôOur approach toáinnovation notáonlyáincludes products andápackaging, butátechnologies thatáallow us andáothers toáhave aápositive impact onáour environment. This technology, which can remove virtually allácontaminants andácolors fromáused plastic, has theácapacity toárevolutionize theáplastics recycling industry byáenabling P&G andácompanies aroundátheáworld toátap intoásources ofárecycled plastics thatádeliver nearly identicaláperformance andáproperties asávirgin materials ináaábroad range ofáapplications.ö

Science andáInspiration BehindátheáBreakthrough Technology

Recycling is aávitalápart ofáwho we are asáaácompany, butáitĺs also aávery complexásystem. Aáfew years ago, Dr. John Layman, aáSenior Scientist ináP&Gĺs R&D division atátheáwas given theátask toáincrease theáamount ofárecycled plastics used ináP&Gĺs products andápackaging.

Afteráanalyzing andátesting countless samples ofárecycled plastics fromávarious suppliers, Layman andátheáR&D teamárealized thatátheápoor quality ofárecycled plastic was theábiggest challenge preventing P&G fromáusing more. Withátheáaimátoáimprove recycled plastic quality, they developed aápurification technology andáworked witháInnventure toábring it toálife.

Layman, who is now aáSection Head ináCorporate Research andáDevelopment, andátheálead inventor ofáP&Gĺs purification technology, said:
ôP&G has been using recycled plastic foráaávery long time, andáhas been aáleader ináplastics recycling. However, we are limited inátheáamount ofárecycled content andátheáproducts thatácan use recycled plastic due toátheáinherently poor quality ofárecycled materials. Recycled plastics are typically grey inácolor, have aámalodor andáhave contaminants thatápresent regulatory concerns. Due inálarge part toáthese issues, only aboutá2% ofáalláofáP&Gĺs plastic is sourced fromárecycled material.ö

P&G has always wanted toáuse more recycled plastic ináour process, butáwe have high standards andáwhat was available onátheámarket did notámeet our need.

Witháthis new technology thatátakes nearly allátheáimperfections outáofátheáfinaláproduct, it willáenable us toáincrease usage ofárecycled plastics andáhelp move closer toámeeting sustainability goals. Whileáthis is aáP&G-developed technology, theárecycled polypropylene produced byáPureCycle willábe widely available forápurchase acrossátheáentire plastics industry.

Layman said:
ôPresently, PureCycle is theáonly technology able toámeet theádemand forábetter recycled plastic. Fromáaácompany perspective, this is aáwin alláaround. Today, consumers are increasingly expecting thatátheáproducts they buy are environmentally responsible. This new technology delivers aáwin-winŚadvancing our innovative capabilities whileáalso delivering anáenvironmentalábenefit.ö

Source: SpecialChem

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