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Unilever introduces new technology to reduce plastic sachet waste

11th May 2017

Unilever has developed innovative new technology that will help reduce the unnecessary wastage of the plastic sachets used in the packaging of many of its products.

The new technology is called the CreaSolv Process and was developed with the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV to encourage the recycling of plastic sachets, hundreds of billions of which are thrown away globally every year.

Adapted from a method used to separate brominated flame retardants from waste electrical and electronic equipment polymers, the CreaSolv Process recovers plastic from the sachet, which can then be used to create new sachets.

A pilot plant will open in Indonesia later this year to test the long-term commercial viability of the technology, while the company is also working on a sustainable system of waste collection schemes to ensure the sachets are recycled.

Additionally, since the technology is open-source, Unilever is hoping to work with industry partners to scale up the CreaSolv Process, so others – including competitors – can use it.

David Blanchard, chief research and development officer at Unilever, said: "We believe that our commitment to making 100 percent of our packaging recyclable, reusable or compostable will support the long-term growth of our business."

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