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LanzaTech, Total and L’Oréal achieve milestone in packaging production from industrial carbon emissions

By Mary Page Bailey |

Through their partnership, LanzaTech (Skokie, Ill.), Total SE (Paris) and L’Oréal have premiered the world’s
first sustainable packaging made from captured and recycled carbon emissions. The successful conversion process takes place in three steps:

• LanzaTech captures industrial carbon emissions and converts them into ethanol using a unique biological process.
• Total, thanks to an innovative dehydration process jointly developed with IFP Axens, converts the ethanol into
ethylene before polymerizing it into polyethylene that has the same technical characteristics as its fossil
counterpart.
• L’Oréal uses this polyethylene to produce packaging with the same quality and properties as conventional
polyethylene.

It is a technological and industrial success proving that industrial carbon emissions can be used to produce plastic packaging. This world-first demonstrates the commitment of the three partners to the development of a sustainable circular economy for plastics and paves the way for new opportunities for the capture and re-use of industrial carbon emissions.

The partners now intend to continue working together on scaling the production of these sustainable plastics and look forward to working with all those who want to join them in committing to the use of these new sustainable plastics.

LanzaTech CEO Jennifer Holmgren said: “This partnership is based on a shared goal of creating a cleaner planet for everyone. We are grateful to both L’Oréal and Total for their commitment to reducing the carbon intensity of their activities. Together, we can reduce the carbon footprint of packaging by converting carbon emissions into useful products, making single-use carbon a thing of the past.”

Senior Vice President Polymers, Total, Valérie Goff announced: “This partnership is an excellent example of collaboration between industrial firms in developing the plastics of the future produced from recycled carbon and meets a strong demand from our customers. The development of this new pathway of valuing industrial carbon emissions also contributes to the Group’s commitment to get to net zero in Europe by 2050.”

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