CJ BIO will develop hotel amenities using PHA, an eco-friendly biodegradable material


Pictured are Vincent Lelay, Vice President of Operations for AccorHotles Korea (left), and Eun Seok Choi, CEO of CJ CheilJedang. (Photo:CJ BIO)

CJ BIO will develop solutions to replace single-use plastic amenities with products made with biodegradable PHAs for Accor-affiliated hotels in Korea. Both companies will consider future expansion to global chains


CJ BIO, a division of South Korean company CJ CheilJedang, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with global hotel chain Accor to begin developing hotel amenities made with polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), an environmentally friendly product. biodegradable material. Through this agreement, the two companies will work together to replace single-use plastic amenities that are provided to all Accor hotel guests, helping the hotel chain deliver on its commitment to phase out all plastic items at single use in the customer experience of its hotels by the end of 2022.

Founded in France in 1967, Accor operates more than 5,000 hotels in 110 countries around the world. Their catalog of brands includes Fairmont, Pullman, Novotel, the Delano, Swissotel and other luxury hotel chains. As part of the initial agreement, Accor and CJ BIO will replace plastic products used in Accor hotel chains in Korea, including cups, plastic bags, combs, stationery and various amenity containers with products PHA-based. The two organizations will then extend the agreement to hotels in the Asia-Pacific region, and if positive results are achieved, the intention is to expand the use of PHA globally.

In addition to eliminating all single-use plastic items from its hotel guest experience by the end of 2022, Accor has pledged to stop using all other industrial biodegradable materials that only decompose under certain conditions. . The chain has also added specific guidelines to encourage the use of materials that are biodegradable at home, in the ground or at sea, or recycled or derived from paper or wood. CJ BIO is a pioneer in the development of PHA, and is the world’s first and only producer of amorphous PHA, which is TUV OK certified for industrial and household compost, soil biodegradable and marine biodegradable. It’s considered “home compostable”, which means it doesn’t require specialized equipment or high temperatures to fully degrade.

“We are committed to a sustainable future, and we actively seek and implement solutions that help address the environmental challenges we all face. We believe PHA is the right solution to help us achieve our goal,” said declared Vincent Lelay, vice-president of operations. AccorHotels Korea.

According to Seung Jin Lee, Head of Biomaterials Business at CJ BIO: “We are delighted to enter into this collaboration, which is mutually beneficial for Accor and CJ BIO. This will be an opportunity for CJ BIO to demonstrate that environmentally friendly biodegradable materials, such as our PHA, can replace the petroleum-based plastics deeply present in our lives, and offer the same level of performance. For Accor, this relationship will allow them to provide sustainable services to their customers and meet their environmental requirements. commitments. We look forward to continuing our collaboration.

CJ BIO has started producing amorphous PHA at its manufacturing facility in Pasuruan, Indonesia, and plans to increase production to meet projected demand. Branded as PHACT® Marine Biodegradable Polymers, CJ BIO’s Amorphous PHA is a softer, more rubbery version of PHA that offers fundamentally different performance characteristics than the crystalline or semi-crystalline forms that currently dominate the PHA market. The first product in this new line is PHACT A1000P, which is now used as a modifier of other compostable polymers and biopolymers to improve functional and processing characteristics, and to enable these products to achieve biodegradation or compostability rates. faster.


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