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Carbios and L'Oréal win Pioneer Award for the world's first enzymatically recycled PET cosmetic bottle

Clermont-Ferrand, France

  • The Solar Impulse Foundation recognizes Carbios' breakthrough innovation and its adoption in 2021 by L'Oréal with the world's first fully enzymatically recycled plastic cosmetic bottle
  • Carbios has begun construction of the world's first PET biorecycling plant, and has begun licensing its technology internationally from 2024

Carbios and L'Oréal have won the "Pioneer Awards" in the Industry category, presented by the Solar Impulse Foundation at the first World Alliance Summit. This prestigious prize was awarded to Carbios for its enzymatic PET recycling solution, labeled "Efficient Solution" by the Solar Impulse Foundation since 2019, and to L'Oréal for using this breakthrough technology for the first time in a cosmetics bottle prototype. Carbios' solution offers brands an alternative to petro-sourced plastic that helps them meet their sustainability commitments. This revolutionary advancement paves the way for future applications in other sectors such as packaging, food and beverage, and textiles.

Emmanuel Ladent, Chief Executive Officer of Carbios: "We are very proud that Carbios' biorecycling technology has been recognized as a pioneering solution. The success of our industrialization depends in part on our ability to forge strategic partnerships, such as the close collaboration we have built up with L'Oréal over the last few years. We share a common vision to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic."

Jacques Playe, Director of Development and Packaging at L'Oréal: "We are delighted with this recognition, which highlights our partnership with Carbios. We are convinced that it is by combining the best of innovation, such as the technology developed by Carbios, with the power of industry, that we can develop a more circular economy and encourage other companies to adopt a similar approach."

Bertrand Piccard, Serial explorer, psychiatrist and clean technology pioneer, Initiator and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation: "Congratulations to Carbios and L'Oréal, winners of the inaugural Pioneer Awards! In 2019, Carbios was among the first solutions to be labeled "Efficient Solutions" by the Solar Impulse Foundation. I'm excited to see how it has become a real-world solution. Thanks to this revolutionary, environmentally-friendly packaging, this winning solution has a significant impact, and its replicability in different markets and applications will guarantee its impact on a global scale."

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