Avantium is currently constructing its FDCA Flagship Plant, which is the world’s first commercial plant for the production of FDCA (furandicarboxylic acid) from plant-based sugars. FDCA is the key ingredient for making the sustainable and circular plastic material PEF. PEF is 100% plant based and can be fully recycled. Moreover, the PEF outperforms traditional packaging materials such as conventional petroleum-based plastic. It has superior barrier properties - leading to longer product quality - and also has higher mechanical strength - enabling thinner packaging and thereby reducing the amount of material required.
Earlier this year, the research branch of LVMH joined the PEFerence consortium1 coordinated by Avantium, to team up with other leading brands and value chain partners to facilitate the commercialisation of PEF. Over the past year, LVMH and Avantium have worked closely together to assess the potential of Avantium’s PEF as a sustainable packaging solution for LVMH beauty brands, which includes Parfums Christian Dior, Givenchy Parfums, Guerlain and many others. With those test results proving successful, LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics Houses has now decided to sign an offtake agreement, as the first luxury cosmetics company, further enabling the commercial introduction of PEF to the cosmetics market.
Claude Martinez Executive President and Managing Director, Beauty Division of LVMH Group, comments: “As part of our social and environmental strategy “LIFE 360” (LVMH Initiative for the Environment), LVMH Beauty is always looking for sustainable materials with superior performance for our luxury products. The environmental and performance features of PEF are unique and meet our sustainable packaging goals without any compromise on quality. We are pleased to collaborate with Avantium and help to enable the commercial introduction of PEF to the cosmetics market.”