LanzaTech announced today that Switzerland’s largest retail company, Migros, is producing the world’s first bottle with PET made from captured carbon emissions that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere as CO2. Polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, is a polyester molded into plastic bottles and containers for packaging foods and beverages, personal care products, and many other consumer products.
In 2020, Migros, and its subsidiary, Mibelle Group, launched a range of liquid cleaning products containing LanzaTech CarbonSmart Ethanol as part of Migros Plus Oeco Power and Potz cleaning ranges. These products can be bought in Migros supermarkets in Switzerland. Today sees wider product ranges embracing recycled carbon, this time with packaging. Bottles for smoothies, juices, and household cleaner will be housed in bottled made from PET produced from CO2. Bottles for mouth wash and liquid soaps will be added to the range later.
The bottles contain up to 30% PET obtained from CO2 (with Mass Balance), replacing virgin PET typically obtained from petroleum. The CarbonSmart Ethanol is produced from recycled carbon emissions from the production of steel. This approach produces packaging that meets food and pharmaceutical specifications and reduces greenhouse gas emissions, keeps fossil resources in the ground, protects biodiversity, and does not require land or food resources.
“Our partnership with the Mibelle Group and Migros is critical to showing the world what is possible,” said 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.”
About Mibelle Group
Consumer wellbeing, health and beauty are the overarching goal of the Mibelle Group. The company develops, produces and markets its brands and own brands for retail in the fields of Personal Care & Beauty, Home Care and Nutrition. The group offers innovative concepts and outstanding solutions that are precisely tailored to the needs of our customers and consumers always with focus on quality and sustainability. Thanks to its expertise in research and development, Mibelle Biochemistry as an independent, globally successful unit provides modern and effective active ingredients for cosmetic applications.
The Mibelle Group is the umbrella brand for the companies Mibelle AG in Buchs, Switzerland, Mifa AG in Frenkendorf, Switzerland, Mibelle Ltd in Great Britain, Ondal France S.A.R.L in France and Gowoonsesang Cosmetics Co., Ltd in South Korea. It is part of the Migros Group and employs around 1,200 people. The Mibelle Group achieved a turnover of 640 million Swiss Francs in 2020.