In an article published on May 21, 2019, news provider Plastics News Europe informed about houseware maker Tupperware Brand’s plan to begin manufacturing new products this summer using materials obtained by chemical recycling of low quality, mixed plastic waste. This includes production of a reusable straw and a to-go coffee cup. The polymers will be produced by chemical manufacturer SABIC using “Tacoil” feedstock supplied by Plastic Energy Ltd. The feedstock producer uses “a technology called thermal anaerobic conversion (TAC) that converts the plastic waste into Tacoil for making new food-safe plastics.” Other companies reported to be using the polymers created by SABIC include consumer products company Unilever, synthetic cork maker Vinventions, and packaging material producer Walke Group.
Sergi Monros, Vice President of Performance Polymers & Industry Solutions at SABIC, said in a press release that SABIC is “pleased to extend our collaboration with Tupperware Brands as we are unified in our goal to deliver high-quality solutions made from advanced, recycled materials that address consumer needs and safety standards.”
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SABIC (February 13, 2019). “Sabic pioneers first production of certified circular polymers.”
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