Innovation Story

15 Apr 2021

The First Cosmetic Plastic Bottle Made from Industrial Carbon Emissions

Through their innovative partnership, LanzaTech, Total and L’Oréal have premiered the world’s first sustainable packaging made from captured and recycled carbon emissions.

The three partners each brought their expertise into this innovative solution in three distinct steps:

  • LanzaTech captures industrial carbon emissions and converts them into ethanol using a unique biological process.
  • Total, thanks to an innovative dehydration process jointly developed with IFP Axens, converts the ethanol into ethylene before polymerizing it into polyethylene that has the same technical characteristics as its fossil counterpart.
  • Beyond its complete involvement into this partnership to develop this innovation, L’Oréal will use this polyethylene to produce packaging for its cosmetics with the same quality and properties as a conventional polyethylene that would have been 100% recycled. This new technology should be made available as of 2024 for L’Oréal shampoo bottles

It is a technological and industrial innovation proving that industrial carbon emissions can be used to produce plastic packaging. This demonstrates the commitment of the three partners to the development of a sustainable circular economy for plastics and paves the way for new opportunities for the capture and re-use of industrial carbon emissions.

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