L’Oréal joins project to create recycled polypropylene from post-consumer waste

By Julia Wray | Published: 6-Sep-2022

The NEXTLOOPP by Nextek project recently began production trials of food-grade compliant rPP

L’Oréal Group is joining a 47-strong project to create food-grade and INRT-grade recycled polypropylene (rPP) from post-consumer packaging waste.

The NEXTLOOPP project, launched by Nextek in October 2020 to bridge the gap in the circularity of PP, is said to have achieved strong results recently for its tracer-based sorting trials.

It also recently began production trails of its food-grade compliant rPP, making more than 60 different products from NEXTLOOPP’s four grades of PPristine food-compliant and INRT-grade rPP resins.

INRT-grade PP, explained Nextek, has been developed specifically for packaging that requires no odour and no migration challenges.

“We have been working for many years to develop packaging made from high quality post-consumer recycled polymers,” commented Delphine Trillat, Materials Science Domain leader at L’Oréal.

“Today, we are pleased to join the NEXTLOOPP project team in order to join efforts and boost the circular pathway for food-grade rPP packaging, with such a promising technology for the years to come.”

“With L’Oréal joining our dynamic project we believe we have an excellent balance of expertise to drive our groundbreaking project forward,” said Professor Edward Kosior, founder and CEO of Nextek and NEXTLOOPP.

“Thanks to L’Oréal’s long term commitment to sustainable packaging, it is the ideal participant to trial our high purity recycled polypropylene resins. We look forward to closing the PP loop with them.”

L’Oréal joins names including Unilever, Aptar, Ineos, Lyondellbasell on the NEXTLOOPP project.

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