Perrier has unveiled the first successful production of 100 per cent recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sample bottles using Carbios’ enzymatic recycling process. In a bid to make packaging more sustainable, Perrier has sourced solutions from stakeholders and start-ups that are working to address the problem of plastic waste.

Since April 2019, Perrier has been part of a global consortium – set up initially between Carbios and L’Oreal, and now home to Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe – supporting the industrialisation of the original recycling technology designed and developed by Carbios. Carbios is a biotech company that develops biological processes to refashion the end of life of plastics and textiles, largely through the introduction of enzymes into plastic waste.

This enzymatic recycling is needed as the plastic used in PET packaging is degraded over time and requires new virgin plastic to retain its quality. Carbios uses naturally occurring enzymes from compost heaps to break down PET plastics into their more simplified form of basic monomers: terephthalic acid and ethylene glycol.

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