The problem recycling screening sites face in Korea
Even if the resources are sorted and discarded carefully according to types, they often get mixed and contaminated during the screening process.
In poor work environments of dirty floor and small spaces, the empty bottles are often not properly sorted in the manual screening process and what's considered "unrecyclable" are incinerated or buried.
Not to mention that most cosmetic bottles on the market are made from a mixture of different materials, they cannot be recycled and become general waste.
Why AROMATICA focuses on transparent PET
Out of the different types of plastic, such as PET, PP, PS, and PVS, PET retains its highest quality when recycled. After sorting, P
ET undergoes recycling through crushing and dissolving before eventually returning back to its raw material form for new cosmetic containers.
To ensure a worthy recyceld raw materials, we only collect transparent PET that are not formulated with other materials. Should the plastic contain water-repellent coatings, the PET plastic thus become less valuable as a recyclable raw material.
The transparent PET that we collect from our collection bases is reborn into the finest PCR (post-consumer recycled) plastic.
Our goal and the beginning
The minimum batch quantity required to transform transparent PET from our collection bases is 20 tons. The collected PET will turn into flakes before turning into a recycled raw material.
If the 20 tons are not achieved, we will have to mix with plastics of poor quality. We are moving towards the goal of 20 tons to produce top-rated recycled plastics, using clean resources that we directly collect.
Even if it takes time, becomes cumbersome and difficult, this is where real recycling can begin.