LyondellBasell and SUEZ collaborate with Samsonite to create recycled plastic suitcase collection

LyondellBasell and SUEZ collaborate with Samsonite to create recycled plastic suitcase collection

April 26, 2019
Press Release: SUEZ

Industry-first innovation sees luggage collection made from recycled plastic

SUEZ and Samsonite have lifted the lid on the ‘Green Grey’ edition of S’Cure ECO, a new suitcase collection made from recycled plastic waste. LyondellBasell and SUEZ, through its recycling joint venture, Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), converted post-consumer plastic such as packaging into a high-quality polypropylene. Samsonite used this recycled plastic to create the outer shell of its new limited-edition suitcase collection, which was made available for sale exclusively on the website on April 22 in honor of Earth Day.

“One of the keys to addressing the challenge of plastic waste is identifying new, innovative uses for used plastics,” said Richard Roudeix, LyondellBasell senior vice president of Olefins and Polyolefins for Europe, Asia and International. “Samsonite’s application is a perfect use for our recycled material because it ensures used plastic does not end in the environment while providing travelers with a durable, lasting product. This is a win-win. We are committed to being a part of the solution to end plastic waste and welcome the opportunity to partner with respected companies like Samsonite towards this goal.”

Christine Riley Miller, Samsonite’s global director of Sustainability sees this industry-first innovation as part of a bigger picture. “We are continuously looking for new ways to reduce our environmental footprint across our operations. Of course, the research of new sustainable materials plays a key role as it allows us to combine our thirst for innovation with our commitment to sustainability. We are committed to seeking opportunities to maximize the use of recycled and recyclable materials in our products in order to pass on a better world for generations to come.”

For this application, Samsonite selected a circular polypropylene grade Moplen Plus QCP189P. This material is used for a variety of applications including injection molding, which was used in creating this luggage collection. LyondellBasell developed this grade with high-impact resistance, even at low temperatures, which addresses the demands required for high-quality luggage.

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