Nestle and Danone Teams Up to Develop Bio-Based Plastic

Food industry giants – France-based Danone and Switzerland-based Nestle Waters have teamed up with Origin Materials to from NaturAll Bottle Alliance. This alliance would be focusing on developing 100% bio-based and recyclable PET bottles!  Origin Materials is a start-up company in the USA which produces bio-based intermediaries from lignocellulosic raw materials.

Frédéric Jouin, head of R&D for plastic materials at Danone said that the alliance is committed to contributing towards sustainable business practices and promote the development of a circular economy. The larger part of their services will be focused on developing innovative solutions using renewable resources.

Danone and Nestle are supporting Origin Materials by providing financial backing, expertise, and teams to speed up research and development. The PET bottles that are available today are only 30% bio-based. With their break-through technology, the alliance aims create 100% bio-based PET bottles.

A Packaging revolution:

Usually, manufacturers source bio-based feedstocks from biofuels made from sugar or other crops. But this leads to deviation of food resources from livestock.

Origin Materials prefer renewable resources like sawdust, waste cardboard and wood chips. Apart from these materials, they may also consider using other potential biomass like rice hulls, straws and agricultural residue in the future.

Origin Materials have produced samples which are 80% bio-based. In 2017, they plan to enter commercial production and by 2018, they intend to introduce the first sample of 60+% bio-PET. The company aims to produce at least 75% bio-based PET on a commercial scale by 2020. They can further increase it to 95% in 2022. Danone and Nestle will continue to support the research and development to achieve their goals.

The initial plan is to manufacture 5000 metric tons of bio-PET and deliver it to the market.

Danone, Nestle and Origin Materials want to make their break-through technology available to other beverage companies and different industry sectors within a few years.