Loop’s depolymerization technology breaks down previously unrecyclable PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic and polyester fiber waste into their base building blocks, dimethyl terephthalate (DMT) and monoethylene glycol (MEG), using low heat and no added pressure.
These DMT and MEG monomers are then purified and polymerized (or re-combined) into Loop™ branded PET plastic and polyester fiber. The end product is made from 100% recycled content.
Loop™ branded PET is high purity, virgin-quality plastic which is suitable for use in food-grade packaging — like the kind used to make water bottles.
Contaminated PET and polyester fiber of different types from various supply sources are prepared and placed into our depolymerization reactors.
Our proprietary catalyst is added into the reactors. Through agitation, our low-energy process targets the PET and breaks it down into its base monomers (or building blocks), DMT and MEG.
The monomers are isolated and purified to remove contaminants like dyes, additives and other impurities.
The DMT and MEG are then polymerized into Loop™ branded PET resin and fiber made from 100% recycled content, suitable for use in food-grade packaging.
The Loop™ PET resin produced by our technology is virgin-quality and suitable for use in food-grade packaging, which must stand up to the most rigorous safety standards.
Our technological process (breaking down the PET polymers, purifying, then recombining the resulting monomers) can be repeated over and over again, with no degradation of purity or quality.
We use the waste that traditional recycling methods can’t handle. Without our technology, this waste plastic and polyester fiber would end up in landfills and oceans.
Our advanced technology uses low heat and no added pressure for enhanced recycling that’s kinder to the planet. That’s sustainable science at its best.
Because our technology allows us to eliminate all contaminates, dyes and other additives, brands can create vibrant colors for packaging and labels without sacrificing recyclability.