There’s Finally a Way to Recycle the Plastic in Shampoo and Yogurt Packaging

Bloomberg (09/25/2019)
  • In America, over 25 million tons of plastic end up in landfills yearly.
  • Only 3% of polypropylene, the rigid plastic used in deodorant containers and shampoo bottles, get recycled (difficult to get rid of smell) compared to 29% of polyethylene terephthalate (soda bottles).
  • Procter & Gamble chemist John Lymar developed a process that purifies polypropylene to produce clear, odorless pellets that can make bottles.
  • P&G licensed the method to startup PureCycle, which will process 119 million lbs of plastic waste per year.