Using technology developed by LanzaTech, Switzerland’s largest retail company Migros has produced what is claimed to be the world’s first bottle with PET made from captured carbon emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2.
Instead of using virgin PET, usually obtained from petroleum, the bottles contain up to 30% PET obtained from LanzaTech’s CarbonSmart Ethanol which is created from recycled carbon emissions from steel production.
The bottles will be used to house smoothies, juices and household cleaner, extending to mouthwash and liquid soaps in future.
LanzaTech says the bottles meet food and pharmaceutical specs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, keep fossil resources in the ground, protect biodiversity, and require no land or food resources.
This latest move follows the 2020 launch by Migros and its subsidiary, Mibelle Group, of a line of liquid cleaning products containing LanzaTech CarbonSmart Ethanol as part of its Plus Oeco Power and Potz cleaning offer.
“Our partnership with the Mibelle Group and Migros is critical to showing the world what is possible,” says Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “Today, you can walk into a store and purchase products made from carbon emissions, that are packaged in bottles made from those same emissions. Just think about that for a minute. We have turned waste carbon from a problem into an opportunity! Our partnership with Migros and Mibelle highlights how we can be carbon smart inside and outside of the bottle.”