Danone has always been a dynamic manufacturer but its focus has increasingly shifted to the environmental impact of plastic. Danone is based in the food sector known for Alpro, Silk and Activia among others and boasts an impressive €25bn revenue. In the company’s drive to accelerate sustainable practices, Danone has launched a partnership with chemical manufacturing company, LanzaTech, which has a ‘defossilise or die’ attitude and is leading the scientific quest to build the technology businesses need to adapt.
This ongoing partnership has resulted in a new method of manufacturing monoethylene glycol (MEG), a core ingredient for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, which are 100% recyclable. The new technology means that Danone can capture the carbon emissions from heavy emitters, such as steel mills, and convert them directly into MEG.
Danone has been working with LanzaTech for many years and is convinced that this technology has the potential to become a game changer in the way material packaging is manufactured.
“This technological collaboration is a key enabler to accelerate the development of this promising technology,” declared Pascal Chapon, Danone’s R&I Advanced Techno Materials Director.
“We stand at a critical moment in history and are ready to meet the challenges head on,” said Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech. “We have made a breakthrough in the production of sustainable PET that has vast potential to reduce the overall environmental impact of the process. This is a technological breakthrough which could have significant impact, with applications in multiple sectors, including packaging and textiles!”
Danone has a mission statement entitled One Planet, One Health whose goal is to support food revolution without jeopardising the environment. The company’s plant in Rotselaar, Belgium was awarded the prize of Factory of the Future in 2021 as a direct consequence of their One Planet, One Health policy.
“As early as 1972, Danone acknowledged the environmental and social impact of our business on the planet,” Danone revealed in a press release. “Danone’s pioneering approach, embodied in its dual project, has led the way for the current mission to Bring Health Through Food to as Many as Possible and to enshrine the principles of co-creation, local relevant offerings and continuous improvement. Today, our One Planet. One Health vision marks a new endeavour for Danone as we firmly believe that, each time we eat and drink, we can vote for the world we want to live in.”
The results of the partnership with LanzaTech are just one part of this continuous improvement, ensuring that Danone’s 2030 Goals are in line with the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.