Recently, the topic of the industry is eco-friendliness. Attempts to recycle discarded plastic in this atmosphere are becoming more and more diverse. Even credit cards came out in containers for cosmetics made from waste plastic.

This is reporter Han Ji-yeon.


Recycled waste plastic is the raw material for cosmetic bottles.

After pouring raw materials that look like grains of rice, high heat and pressure are applied to bring out a container.

It is an empty bottle made by crushing and recycling waste plastic.

A more transparent bottle can be realized by using the chemical method rather than the mechanical method.

It is the first domestic technology to introduce a 'chemical' method for recycling waste plastics.

[This (mechanical method) cuts and re-combines, and this (chemical method) extracts the ingredients inside and makes raw materials again.] The

chemical refining method is more eco-friendly.

[Hwang Jin-ho / SK Chemicals Manager: The mechanical recycling method can only be recycled twice because the physical properties of plastic are poor, but the chemical method can be recycled permanently.]

60% of cosmetic containers are plastic, but as ESG management becomes the mainstream Orders for eco-friendly sappers are flooding in.

[Heo Byeong-tae / Managing Director of Cosmetic Bottle Manufacturer: The rate of commercial use of recycled resin is growing by more than 5% every year, and several companies are competing fiercely to obtain recycled (recycled) materials.]

These attempts are expanding into various fields.

A credit card company introduced an eco-friendly card that recycles waste plastics for the first time in the industry, and it is expected to have the effect of recycling 310,000 1.5L PET bottles annually.

From T-shirts to socks, wallets, and bags, a variety of products made from waste plastics have already been launched in the apparel sector, but a construction company has fully introduced them as work clothes.

As eco-friendly management is directly related to corporate performance, recycling-related technologies are further developed and their uses are increasing accordingly.

(Video editing: Soyoung Lee, VJ: Hyunwoo Park)