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Total Corbion PLA launches commercially available rPLA
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:29.Oct.2021

Total Corbion PLA has launched the world’s first commercially available chemically recycled bioplastics product. The Luminy rPLA grades boast the same properties, characteristics and regulatory approvals as virgin Luminy PLA, but are partially made from post-industrial and post-consumer PLA waste.


Total Corbion PLA is already receiving and depolymerizing reprocessed PLA waste, which is then purified and polymerized back into commercially available Luminy rPLA. This offers brandowners the opportunity to make products from rPLA, with the luxury of having original food contact and other certifications in place.


The closed-loop end-of-life solutions enabled when using Luminy PLA now also include chemical recycling.


Thomas Philipon, CEO at Total Corbion PLA, stated, “Our company’s vision is to create a better world for today and generations to come. This ability to now efficiently receive, repurpose and resupply PLA is a further demonstration of the sustainability of our product and the demonstration of our commitment to enable the circular economy through value chain partnership.”


As an initial offering, grades will be supplied with 20% recycled content using the widely accepted principles of mass balance. “As we are currently ramping up this initiative, the initial volumes are limited but we are confident that rPLA will grow to be a significant part of our overall sales revenues”, added François de Bie, Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA.


Sansu are one of the first PLA customers to provide reprocessed PLA waste to Total Corbion PLA for chemical recycling at the end-of-life of their bioplastic water bottles.

Currently, Looplife in Belgium and Sansu in Korea are among the first active partners that support collecting, sorting and cleaning of post-industrial and post-consumer PLA waste. The resulting PLA feedstock is then used by Total Corbion PLA to make new Luminy PLA polymers via the chemical recycling process.


Total Corbion PLA expects that the growing demand for rPLA will also boost the collecting, sorting and reprocessing of post-use PLA for both mechanical and chemical recycling.



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