Mastering the end-of-life of plastics
Plastics are very present in our daily lives and have now become unavoidable.
With the development of our industrial societies, the generation of plastic waste has continued to grow and has led to an accumulation of plastic in the environment, creating multiple nuisances. Plastics, which today are still mainly of fossil origin, take around 400 to 500 years (World Wildlife Fund (Australia) in 2018) to degrade under natural conditions.
Better management of the end-of-life of plastics is a major challenge of our time and we intend to contribute to it!
The innovations we are developing are on the verge of industrialization and soon they will provide concrete answers to the end of life of plastics!
The circular economy involves a more efficient use of fossil resources, reduction of waste and lower energy consumption, the guidelines for the strategic development of a new, efficient and sustainable industrial ecology.
Carbios is fully committed to this circular economy and positive recovery approach of plastics and textiles through the development of biological processes that represent a radical technological and industrial breakthrough, namely innovative processes based on the use of enzymes to reinvent the plastic and textile polymer lifecycle.
Response to the regulatory environment
Numerous initiatives are taken, today, at both a European and national level, to promote the recycling of plastics and support the commitments made by the public authorities and manufacturers on sustainable development.
Presented in July 2019, the Law on the fight against waste and on the circular economy was definitively adopted by the French Senate on January 30, 2020.
- the target of moving towards 100% recycled plastic by January 1, 2025;
- the obligation to reuse, reemploy or recycle unsold products;
- the ban on the “compostable” labelling on products that may only be composted under industrial conditions;
In May 2018, the European Commission presented the proposal for the “Single Use Plastics” Directive. Adopted by the European Parliament on June 5, 2019, it aims to prevent and reduce the impact of these plastic products on the environment and on human health, and also to promote the transition to a circular economy. Among other things, it provides for:
– an obligation for drinks bottles, manufactured mainly in PET, to contain at least 25% recycled materials in 2025 and 30% in 2030;
– a separate collection target for drinks bottles set at 77% by 2025 and 90% by 2029;
Industrial response for brands
Our commitment to designing solutions with a positive impact feeds our long-term competitiveness to meet the major environmental and societal challenges of our time. With a technological offer that is unique in the world, we aim to engage producers and users of plastic and textile materials in a sustainable transition towards a true circular economy model.
These recent regulatory changes, promoting better management of the life cycle of plastics, open up a strong opportunity for the deployment of our technologies, and especially for the enzymatic recycling of PET plastic and fibers.
Our corporate culture focuses on 4 strong pillars shared by our employees and our partners.
RESPECT for people: Our employees are our most precious assets. At Carbios, we aim to respect people in their diversity and ensure an ideal, stimulating work environment. The key importance of respect at Carbios also concerns the integrity of our words and actions with our partners.
COMMITMENT for the Planet: By proposing sustainable solutions for rethinking the end of life of plastic materials and textiles, Carbios shows its commitment to protecting the environment and its desire to support a circular economy that benefits future generations.
INNOVATION benefiting industrial reality: Thanks to high level scientific research combining for the first time the world of enzymology and plastics, we innovate every day to be able to offer sustainable, industrial solutions that address the major environmental and societal challenges of today.
AGILITY serving performance: The agility of our teams along with the diversity of their expertise is one of Carbios’ major strengths enabling us to provide the best in innovation to our partners.
Our’ Code of Ethics and Business Conduct is a statement of its commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards in all aspects of its activities, both within and outside the company. It is a statement of its ambitions, values, duties and principles of excellence.
Our’ high ethical standards are dictated by the fundamental principles that must always guide the day-to-day behavior of its directors and employees, namely:
- Compliance with all laws and regulations
- Respect for others, their dignity and their well-being
- The rejection of any form of discrimination
- Absolute respect for the quality of working conditions
- The protection of the environment
Team spirit is vital and must be encouraged at all times to allow us to act, innovate and create as well as strengthen the relationships and synergies between its teams and partners.
Committed to developing the lasting relationships built on trust that are so vital to our success, we seeks to forge balanced and transparent relations with the academic world and industry alike.