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OCT 2018

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required to produce PET and requires less equipment and reduced amounts of chemicals, energy and resources. In the next step toward commercial- izing its Generation II technology, Loop is designing a fully integrated manu- facturing facility to upcycle waste PET and polyester fiber into virgin-quality resin and fiber. Loop is in the process of engaging engineering partners to complete the integrated design. The growth plans include develop- ment of facilities strategically located near urban centers where both feed- stock (waste PET) and manufacturers (bottlers) are found, Switzer says. Solomita says that these facilities will make it possible for all forms of waste PET and polyester fiber—even ocean plastics that have been degraded by the sun and saltwater— to be fully recovered and upcycled into PET "of the highest purity and performance quality." This integrated manufacturing design will be the basis for Loop's commercialization strategy. WORK WITH MAJOR CONSUMER BRANDS At the start of 2018, Loop announced a strategic initiative with evian—as part of a long-term Danone global partnership—to enable evian to meet its goal to have all of its water bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by 2025. Loop has also signed a letter of intent with L'Oréal Group for Loop to supply L'Oréal with Loop PET resin in the U.S. and the European Union before the end of this fall. And Loop has launched a new program that allows consumers of Gatorade, produced by a subsidiary of PepsiCo, to help upcycle used Gatorade Gx pods into products of greater value with Loop technology. When consumers order their Gx bottle and pods on gatorade.com, they can elect to receive the free Gx/Loop mail-back pouch. Consumers drop their used pods into the pouch, seal it once full and drop it in the mailbox. The pre-paid pouch is sent to Loop's facility where the PET segments of each pod are deconstructed into base monomers, purified and upcycled into new virgin-quality, food-grade PET. "We're in discussions with or have been contacted by virtu- ally every segment of the consumer-goods sector from bever- ages to apparel to furniture," says Switzer. "The sheer number of inbound calls we continue to receive is exciting and a testament to the demand for upcycled plastic by consumers and companies alike. Loop's technology and our approach to commercialization is helping demonstrate that the circular economy can absolutely be profit- able and drive sustainability. That's because when you buy Loop PET, you're not just buying a pellet, like from a conventional PET company or rPET company; rather, what you're buying is a branded sustainable proposition that fulfills the needs and demands of consumers, govern- ments, investors, environmental groups and other important stake- holders. It's an authentic commercial demonstration of your commitment to sustainability." Switzer says Loop is driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to a sustainable and circular economy—one where the economy is prosperous and restorative. He says, "The fact is that PET is a wonderful product because its proper- ties allow food to be preserved and transported safely and securely, among its other important uses. The challenge becomes when this material enters the natural environment, which it has, and is why plastic has become a persistent environmental issue. We believe Loop's technology can help solve this issue by diverting this material from landfills and our shared rivers and oceans so that it can be endlessly upcycled and repurposed. That is a big part of what we are bringing to market—the upcycled plastics economy—and it's something no one has done yet." QUESTIONS ABOUT RECYCLING? Visit the Recycling and Scrap Reclaim Zones. Loop has launched a new program that allows consumers of Gatorade to help upcycle used Gatorade Gx pods into products of greater value Waste PET of all types, shapes and colors is brought to Loop Industries, serving as feedstock. Nelson Switzer was chief sustainability officer for Nestle Waters North America until he joined Loop Industries this year. 24 OCTOBER 2018 Plastics Technology PTonline.com R E C YC L I N G Close -Up On Technolog y

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