Inspired by a method used to recycle televisions, Unilever develops new technology to tackle the global issue of plastic sachet waste.
Unilever unveiled May 11th, 2017 its new technology to recycle sachet waste. This technology, called CreaSolv® Process, has been developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Germany and is inspired by an innovation used to recycle TV sets.
- Hundreds of billions of plastic sachets are thrown away globally every year.
- Unilever has developed ground-breaking new technology to recycle sachets.
- Circular economy in action: sachets will be turned into plastic and channeled back into the supply chain.
- Today, only 14% of all plastic packaging is recycled globally.
- Unilever has pledged to make 100% of packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025.
The Anglo-Dutch global business company will open a pilot plant in Indonesia later this year to test the long-term commercial viability of the technology. Indonesia is a critical country in which to tackle waste, producing 64m tons per year, with 1.3m tons ending up in the ocean.To tackle the industry-wide sachet waste issue, Unilever is looking to create a sustainable system change by setting up waste collection schemes to channel the sachets to be recycled.
To tackle the industry-wide sachet waste issue, Unilever is looking to create a sustainable system change by setting up waste collection schemes to channel the sachets to be recycled. Currently, Unilever is testing this by working with local waste banks, governments, and retailers and will look to empower waste pickers, integrate them into the mainstream economy and to provide a potential long-term income, generating wider growth in the economy.
This announcement is part of Unilever’s pledge to ensure all of its plastic packagings is fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. Unilever had already committed to reducing the weight of its packaging by one-third by 2020 and increasing the use of recycled plastic content in its packaging to at least 25% by 2025.
“With this innovative pilot plant we can, for the first time ever, recycle high-value polymers from dirty, post-consumer, multi-layer sachets. Our calculations indicate that we are able to recover six kilos of pure polymers with the same energy effort as the production of one kilo of virgin polymer.” Dr Andreas Mäurer, Department Head of Plastic Recycling at the Fraunhofer IVV.