Cradle To Cradle
Although PLA is derived from renewable
resources, we have imagined the LOOPLA®
concept to provide the best end-of-life option for PLA wastes.
With this original concept, GALACTIC contributes to the development of a sustainable environment.
Currently, there are several options available on the market: incineration, composting, anaerobic digestion, land filling, etc. All these ends of life are not ideal because the plastic is not recycled back into its basic element (or monomer) and so it is not directly and perpetually reusable.
With the original LOOPLA® concept, GALACTIC is proud to contribute to the development of a more sustainable solution for the end-of-life management of PLA. LOOPLA® consists of a closed loop where the PLA wastes are recovered in order to recycle them into its monomer: the lactic acid. This one can be easily polymerized in order to recreate a new PLA with the same characteristics as the original one.
LOOPLA® provides the best end-of-life option for PLA wastes, even though the PLA stream is contaminated. Unlike other treatments (incineration, anaerobic digestion, composting), it offers the possibility of directly going back to the original monomer by chemical recycling. In comparison with the other end-of-life management, the LOOPLA® is much more sustainable. Indeed this concept has a much higher positive impact on the environment. The carbon foot print is, therefore, much lower.
LOOPLA® does not only recover close to 100% of the lactic acid used for the production of PLA, it also takes care of possible contamination or pollution of the used PLA.
The success of the original LOOPLA® concept depends on the different actors or partners involved in the closed loop. The end user must be aware of the importance of sorting his waste. The sorting and recovery entities have to take a greater interest in the installation of new technologies able to sort PLA from other garbage. The lactic acid obtained by chemical recycling has to be in the specifications required by the PLA producers in order to manufacture new PLA objects.