How Unilever ensures its sachets won’t clog waterways and pollute oceans

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  • Unilever has developed a technology that will ensure its plastic packaging won’t pollute the oceans
  • The technology called CreaSolv Process will recover all the used sachets that will be reused as materials for new packaging
  • The innovation is necessary since the company produces billions of products in sachet packaging

Multinational company Unilever that produces mostly beauty and wellness products has developed a technology that will ensure that its plastic packaging won’t be polluting the oceans.

A feature by the Independent said the giant firm created a system called CreaSolv Process, which will recover the used plastic sachets by the consumers and use them to create new packaging.

This is especially necessary for the global company that produces billions of products that come in a plastic sachet packaging.

“Billions of sachets are used once and just thrown away, all over the world, ending up in landfill or in our waterways and oceans,” Unilever chief research and development officer was quoted in the story.

“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,” he added.

Through this technology, Unilever commits to a plastic packaging that can be reused and recycled. They hope to achieve this 100% by 2020.

“By this innovative pilot-plant we can realize for the first time the recycling of high-valuable polymers from dirty post-consumer multilayer sachets,” said Dr. Andreas Maurer of the packaging firm Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV.

The institute developed the technology with Unilever, which will be piloted in a plant to be built in Indonesia.