Innovation — Turning Ocean-Bound Plastic into Great Products
Some of Lavergne’s innovative work begins in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
With limited infrastructure for water, most Haitians get their drinking water from plastic bottles. And with inconsistent waste management or recycling programs, millions of those discarded bottles end up littering the country’s towns, roadways and waterways. A lot of those discarded bottles are Ocean-Bound Plastics (OBP) that risk entering and polluting our marine ecosystems.
Lavergne’s work in Haiti provides employment for hundreds of independent collectors gathering discarded plastics and bringing them to collection centers for Lavergne to pick up.
Plastics entering the Lavergne facility are then sorted and separated, and our state-of-the-art “washing line” cleans the plastics of dirt, sand, labels and glue. We shred the material into small flakes that will be transported to our North American facility.
Those plastics started as discarded bottles, but they will soon become new plastic resins to help companies create great products. For example, The HP Dragonfly, a laptop computer made by tech leader HP, was made using Lavergne’s recycled resins.
While helping to clean the Haitian environment, Lavergne’s partnership with HP has given way to advancements that have improved the quality and cost-efficiency of post-consumer recycled plastics.
Validation — UL 2809 Environmental Claim Validation Procedure
Lavergne’s partnership with HP led to other innovative breakthroughs in 2020, as global certification body UL validated that HP computers using Lavergne’s recycled resins were the first products to meet UL Standard 2809 – Environmental Claim Validation Procedure (ECVP) for Recycled Content.
The UL 2809 Validation evaluates the amount of recycled content in products including:
- Post-consumer recycled content
- Pre-consumer (post-industrial) recycled content
- Closed loop recycled content
- Total recycled content
An added bonus of the HP-Lavergne collaborative work leading to the UL 2809 validation is that since much of those recycled materials are Ocean-Bound Plastics (OBP), this project is helping to reduce ocean waste.