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Innovative technology to recycle billions of plastic bags

Transnational consumer goods company Unilever will pilot an innovative technology to recycle plastic sachets, preventing billions of sachets entering oceans and landfill.

The multinational manufacturer – which includes brands such as Persil, Radox, Dove, Walls and Marmite – sells billions of products in single-use sachets each year, including cosmetics and food products, particularly in developing and emerging markets.

These plastic sachets will now be recycled through a system called CreaSolv Process, in which the packaging will be recovered and then reused to create new Unilever products – supporting the company’s circular economy ethos.

David Blanchard, Chief Research and Development Officer at Unilever, said: ““Billions of sachets are used once and just thrown away, all over the world, ending up in landfill or in our waterways and oceans. We intend to make this tech open source and would hope to scale the technology with industry partners, so others – including our competitors – can use it.”

European Parliament

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