Loop Industries' breakthrough technology allows for all types of waste PET plastic and polyester fiber to be upcycled into high purity PET plastic suitable for use in food-grade packaging, like the kind used in water bottles. This includes the PET plastic found in carpets and opaque bottles, which ends up in landfills today. Our transformative technology is disrupting the PET plastic and polyester fiber manufacturing, waste management and consumer goods packaging industries for the better.
In the accompanying animation, a PET molecule is broken down through a chemical depolymerization process into its base monomers. These are separated from one another, purified and extracted to produce pure MEG and DMT monomers.
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Our revolutionary technology uses low heat and no pressure.
We are the new standard in PET plastic and polyester fiber.
Our process and the Loop™ PET resulting from our process is suitable for use in food-grade plastics.
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Depolymerization is the process through which waste PET plastic and polyester fiber feedstocks are broken down into their base building blocks, such as DMT and MEG. These building blocks can be used to create new, virgin-quality PET. Loop Industries’ depolymerization process occurs with low energy inputs.
Polyester, the kind used to make clothing - is made of a type of plastic, polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. PET is used in the manufacture of clothing, carpets, mats, furniture, packaging and more. In its purest form, it is also used to package food.
“Down-cycling” is what most often happens in the traditional recycling process. High quality goods (such as food-grade plastic water bottles) are transformed into lower quality goods (such as polyester carpets or clothing.) This reduction in quality prevents recycling efforts from being truly circular, as a surprising amount of waste material ends up in landfills, and manufacturing from outside the process is required to retain product quality.
Unlike traditional recycling (see “downcycling”), it involves taking low-quality material and transforming it into high-quality material. In our case, we turn waste plastic into high-purity PET. Up-cycling is a benchmark of the “circular economy” (significantly extending the lifecycle of manufactured goods by creating them out of waste.)
Our technology is transforming waste PET plastic from a problem into a valuable industrial commodity – even waste PET plastic that can’t be traditionally recycled. Loop’s process can also remove dyes, additives, colors, and other impurities.
Colors are no longer an obstacle. Packaging designers can use more colors with a clear conscience.
Packaging designers can now fully exploit the possibilities of colorful and vibrant labels in virtually unlimited formats.
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