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Q&A
SABIC's TRUCIRCLE portfolio has received unprecedented interest from companies including Unilever,
Mars Incorporated and Estee Lauder Companies,
among others. Sabic photos

Building
a value
chain
around
circular
economy
principles
Since launching, Sabic's portfolio of certified circular polymers
have proven to be an unqualified success. But certified
circular technology is still in its infancy, according to Mark
Vester, Global Leader, Circular Economy at Sabic. Scaling
the technology requires 'value chain collaborations and
innovations on an unprecedented scale', he said.
Over this past year, the materials in your TRUCIRCLE portfolio seem to have found application in a wide variety of
packaging applications. Has
the response from the market
lived up to expectation?
Since launching in late 2019,
our TRUCIRCLE portfolio has
received unprecedented interest from companies in packaging and beyond who are looking
for commercially and environmentally viable solutions which
can help to address the plastic
waste challenge.
The common unifier among
these companies is the need
to deliver the highest quality
solutions that don't compro-

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mise consumer safety and help
address the environmental and
sustainability goals demanded
by society. Manufacturers need
to be given access to more sustainable materials so that they
and the end-consumer can feel
confident about using plastic
products and about the fact
that they can be recycled and
repurposed.
What is significant about
our TRUCIRCLE portfolio is the
number of consumer products
we have helped brand leaders
launch in the last year. We've
worked for example with Unilever
(Magnum & Knorr), Estee Lauder
Companies, Mars Incorporated
and more to create food and per-

sonal care packaging using our
certified circular polymers.
Much has been written about
the
materials
produced
through chemical recycling.
Why did you choose to work
with the technology developed by Plastic Energy?
Advanced (or chemical/feedstock) recycling holds the key to
reducing the use of conventional
approaches of handling end-oflife plastics, such as landfill and
combustion. These approaches
can lock plastics out of reach,
destroy future value and, in the
case of combustion and landfill,
risk releasing elevated levels of
CO2 into the atmosphere and

Mark Vester
polluting the environment. A
truly circular economy has to be
one where plastics waste is retained and reused.
We partnered with Plastic
Energy, as the company is leading the way in its field in transitioning to a low-carbon circular
economy for plastics. It is one of
the few companies worldwide
that has sold millions of litres of
recycled oils from the conversion of end-of-life plastic waste,
using patented technology.
We are committed to collaborating with upstream and downstream partners to drive to establish a value chain for plastics
which is built around circular

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