It started with an idea - What if we could wash without using water?
You have to wash plastic to recycle it, but traditional recycling technology uses billions of gallons of water each year in the process. A decade ago, we set out to change that. We discovered a process developed by Honeywell and the Department of Energy for recycling used HDPE oil bottles. This would be the inspiration for the process we utilize today.
Following years of research and development in conjunction with researchers from Honeywell, he expanded the process to clean PET beverage containers by combining a biodegradable solvent and liquid carbon dioxide to replace traditional water-based methods. With this newly patented technique, he gave the world a completely closed-loop plastic recycling system — one that uses no water and continually reuses the cleaning agents.
The company built around that idea is now known as ECO2 Plastics. We’ve assembled the finest, most experienced minds in the plastics and recycling industries to revolutionize the business. Recognizing the benefits of our process, the State of California supported the company with a loan in 2005. Private investors have invested over $40 million. We achieved full-scale production in California, and have potential for significant growth.
But the idea doesn't stop here. We now see additional applications for this unique process and we are hard at work on next generation technology, such as work currently underway with USCAR.
We’re making plastic recycling more ecological, more economical, and quite simply more logical. A process we call eco.logical.recycling.