CarbonLITE Industries, Los Angeles, announced that it plans to process 100 percent postconsumer ocean-diverted plastics. Jason Farahnik, director of brand partnerships and resin sales at CarbonLITE, says the ocean-diverted plastics it plans to collect will come primarily from the coastlines of Southeast Asian countries.
The company’s newest offering will replace virgin materials for food, beverage and cosmetic applications, according to a CarbonLITE news release. The products will have the dual benefit of reducing ocean plastics and the amount of virgin material produced.
“Plastic pollution in the ocean is impacting animal health and our food chain and must be urgently addressed,” Farahnik says. “Our team worked diligently with experts to source and provide a statistically meaningful supply of certified ocean-diverted plastic so our customers can be part of the solution.”
Farahnik adds that the company is able to procure large amounts of the ocean-diverted plastics and will secure as much as its customers require. He says the plastics can be processed from both of CarbonLITE’s facilities.
CarbonLITE also owns PinnPACK Packaging, a sustainable food packaging company in Southern California, which allows it to introduce this grade of ocean diverted plastic in a vertically integrated enterprise. “We are excited to lead this effort and be among the first thermoforming companies to offer food packaging from ocean-diverted plastic,” says Ira Maroofian, president of PinnPACK.
CarbonLITE serves as a large recycler and producer of postconsumer PET (polyethylene terephthalate). Since its founding, CarbonLITE, has been focused on closed-loop, bottle-to-bottle recycling. According to a news release from CarbonLITE, the company recycles more than 4 billion beverage containers annually between its facilities in California and Texas, ensuring the circular life cycle of beverage containers. A third plant is underway in Pennsylvania, which will increase CarbonLITE’s capacity to more than 6 billion bottles a year.