LanzaTech, Plastipak partner on ‘world’s first’ PET made from carbon emissions
LanzaTech’s approach aims to support companies in reducing their carbon footprints by repurposing pollution as a feedstock instead of relying on conventional raw materials, particularly fossil fuels.
“We’re offering this opportunity to use this waste carbon in a whole new way to make the packaging that we need,” Burton said. “People don’t like to talk about plastic packaging, but we still need a lot of plastic packaging for things like pharmaceutical needs and food-grade packaging.”
In her explanation, she highlighted the advantages of utilizing captured carbon, which eliminates the reliance on petroleum as well as the utilization of land and food resources like growing corn for ethanol production. Additionally, this process contributes to emission reduction by minimizing transportation requirements through LanzaTech’s distributed system approach. Although the company is headquartered in Illinois and operates its own production facilities, it also grants licenses to partners, enabling them to manufacture materials in their regional facilities worldwide.
“We can be really flexible and tailor what we do for each geography,” Barton said. “That’s the only way we’re going to solve this carbon problem, is being able to deploy globally.”