Clean-tech company Clariter has teamed up with MFPE, a French leather and wood care product manufacturer, to produce a range of sustainable wax products upcycled from plastic waste using Clariter’s chemical recycling technology. The two companies have been collaborating since July 2019, testing and creating product samples based on the oils, waxes and solvents produced by Clariter and satisfied with the results, have taken the next step by entering into a formal partnership.
“Replacing crude-based products with natural ingredients only, such as plant-based or beeswax, doesn't always meet the right performance. Clariter products have certainly met our expectations.
Rather than producing new plastics, fuels or energy, Clariter’s approach results in ready-to-use industrial products,”said Jean-Philippe Chabanol, MFPE CEO.
The company has developed and patented a three-step chemical process that, rather than prolonging the life of plastic, ‘it simply ends it’, the company claims.
The process upcycles plastic waste into carbon-negative, sulphur-free, odourless, and pure industrial products: aliphatic solvents, white mineral oil, and paraffinic snow-white waxes. These are then used by MFPE as alternative, crude-oil free ingredients for the production of its range of leather care products - polishes, creams, balms, milk, greases, and waterproofing - and waxes, oils, restorers, and varnishes for wood . MFPE operates both as a private label manufacturer for distributors and as a sub-contractor for well-known, large brands, including Decathlon, PPG, Blanchon Syntilor, Orapi, Harris Briochin Chatelaine, and many others.
Clariter was founded in 2004 by Ran Sharon, based on technology developed by a Polish chemistry professor called Andrzej Bylicki. Sharon set set up a pilot in Poland and reached proof-of-concept within two years. This was soon followed by a large manufacturing and development facility in South Africa. The plant has been operational since 2018, serving as a model for future facilities worldwide, and demonstrating the technological potential to potential clients.
“Entry into a new market with an innovative technology always requires visionaries. We are glad to have found one in MFPE,” said Yariv Eldar, Clariter VP Business Development,
Clariter currently has offices in Israel, Poland, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.