Sony to sell flame-retardant recycled plastic to external customers

Sony Corporation has announced that it plans to sell its flame-retardant recycled plastic to a wide variety of manufacturing business operators such as consumer electronics retailers, both within Japan and abroad.

The electronics giant revealed that it plans to sell its Sustainable Orientated Recycled Plastic (SORPLAS) to external parties from October.

Its SORPLAS product is a flame-retardant recycled plastic comprising polycarbonate plastic recycled from materials such as optical discs from discarded DVDs and optical sheets used in LCD televisions.

According to the firm, these materials use Sony’s own unique sulphur-based flame retardant to achieve a highly durable, heat-resistant plastic that uses 99% recycling materials.

Sony first started using SORPLAS in its BRAVIA series of LCD televisions in 2011 and now uses it in a variety of its own products.

In a statement, the company said that it now wants to promote its SORPLAS material outside the Sony Group with the “objective of contributing to society by promoting the reuse of resources and reducing environmental impact”.

Sony has said that it will offer SORPLAS to the market at approximately the same price as conventional flame-retardant polycarbonate plastic.

Liz Gyekye

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