Latest Bright Green Plastics News
Mar 31, 2023
ReCon2 Announces Partnerships with Sourceful and Bright Green Plastics Recon² – a not-for-profit start-up company out of the University of Manchester, UK – has partnered with On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) Ltd and a cohort of sustainability-focused companies to further develop a patent pending technology for quantifying recycled content in plastic products and packaging. Sourceful and Bright Green Plastics are the two latest companies to join the cohort – which also includes ProAmpac, Reckitt, and Kraft Heinz. × Recon2 Sourceful and Bright Green Plastics will work with Recon² and the University of Manchester to begin trialling the technology on an industrially relevant scale across a number of packaging formats, such as flexibles and bottles. At present there are no widely available technologies that can analytically determine the recycled content of a plastic item. As new legislation in the EU and UK – such as the UK’s plastic tax – come into force, such testing and assurance methods will become critical. Recon² works by incorporating minute quantities of fluorescent “tracer” molecules into the plastic structure. These molecules enable the direct quantification of recycled content in plastics with a quick scan directly on the surface, aiming to prevent any wasteful additional processing steps and keeping costs low and speed high. The cohort claims that within minutes, the recycled content of any plastic product – thus far proven at lab scale for HDPE, LDPE, PP and PET – can be assessed reliably, independent of processing steps, additives, and product type. The tracer molecule is also FDA and REACH approved and is invisible under ambient lighting. In conjunction with Recon², OPRL are co-developing a trust mark certification and auditing system to inform customers about the post-consumer recyclate (PCR) levels in plastics. Recon²’s core technology explored in these pilot trials will underpin this certification, thereby increasing customer confidence in products that claim to meet important sustainability targets. Wing Chan, CEO and Co-founder of Sourceful, said: “We’re excited to partner with Recon²to make this ground-breaking technology accessible to climate-conscious brands of all sizes. Investing in technologies like this is critical to building transparency and confidence in supply chains.” Jonathan Attwood, Head of Technical at Bright Green added:“This is a fantastic opportunity for the recycled plastics market to utilise a technology that can quantify the amount of PCR within an item of packaging. This will support the transition away from a mass balance approach that can be deceiving, allowing recycling claims to be put to the test. The technology is simple to use and can easily be adopted by recyclers at minimal cost.” Dr. Thomas Bennett, Director at Recon² and Research Fellow at Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub at the University of Manchester, concluded: , “It’s terrific to partner with Sourceful and Bright Green Plastics to help further our breakthrough recycled content quantification technology and ensure it is fit-for-purpose. We believe our technology is an important step towards achieving a circular economy for plastics use in the UK and beyond.” ReCon² clais it is continuing to establish partnerships across the recycled plastics industry, including recyclers, brands, and manufacturers, to help advance its material science group.
Bright Green Plastics Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When was Bright Green Plastics founded?
Bright Green Plastics was founded in 1992.
Where is Bright Green Plastics's headquarters?
Bright Green Plastics's headquarters is located at Allerton Bywater Business Park Newton Lane Allerton Bywater, Castleford, West Yorkshire.
What is Bright Green Plastics's latest funding round?
Bright Green Plastics's latest funding round is Acquired.
How much did Bright Green Plastics raise?
Bright Green Plastics raised a total of $7.46M.
Who are the investors of Bright Green Plastics?
Investors of Bright Green Plastics include IPL Global and Bibby Financial Services.