A GE company is fighting a new kind of plastic used in food packaging that is designed to be reusable after it has been used up.
GE announced Thursday that it has decided to phase out the use of plastic polyester, which has been found to be less recyclable and to be more prone to contamination.
GE will phase out use of polyester polyethylenimide (PEG) in its food and beverage packaging, which is manufactured by DuPont, which owns DuPont Food Processing.
It also plans to phase it out of its plastic food container, which was made by another company, Polyrex.
“We are a consumer-oriented company, and we understand the need to do a better job with what we do,” GE CEO Paul E. Davis said in a statement.
Elements of PEG are recycled, but it has a poor long-term environmental record, according to a recent report by the nonprofit Sustainable Business Coalition.
The report found that PEG is made by DuPont, a company that also makes plastic packaging for Walmart, the company that makes the bulk of GE products.
GE has said it will replace PEG in its plastics by biodegradable polyethylenes, but that process does not require the company to pay a large upfront cost.
Davis said that GE is still planning to continue to produce plastic-based packaging in some of its facilities, though it is not clear how many containers it will be using.
“We are looking at how to make it more environmentally friendly,” he said.
In an earlier statement, DuPont said it would “immediately phase out” the use the polyethylENE plastic polyethylenside (PEPC) from its packaging.
DuPont also said it was “committed to a comprehensive process to transition from polyethylenic polymers to biodegradeable polymers,” a process that could take a few years.
It will be up to DuPont to make a decision on what parts of the plant it will continue to use the plastic, according the company.
GE said it had a “strong commitment to the long-run sustainability of our business and we look forward to working with DuPont on a solution that meets our needs and the needs of our customers.”
DuPont has been battling with GE for months over its use of PPE in its packaging, with DuPonte arguing that the plastics were too expensive to be a sustainable option.
DuPONT is also fighting GE over its new plastic plastic that is being marketed as a biodegenerable, but which is still a waste of money.
DuPONT’s plastic, made from polystyrene, is not recyclible.
The company said it spent more than $3 billion last year on plastic packaging that was made from the plastic.
The plastics used in GE’s plastics are made from biodegradation, a process in which a chemical reaction between the biodegrades the material.
The plastic used by GE in the new plastics is biodegraded and biodegrading can cause a more complex chemical reaction that can lead to a plastic that can degrade over time.
GE and DuPont are currently in the middle of a court battle over the plastic in their packaging.
GE sued DuPont in April over its plastic in its polyester packaging.
The suit alleged that the plastic is a major environmental hazard and that DuPont is violating the Clean Water Act.
The case is currently before a federal appeals court in New York.
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GE will then replace it with polyethylylene, which the company has said is environmentally friendly and recyclables.
GE is currently planning to phase down its use and replace it by using biodelectric materials such as polyethylenediamine, which will allow the company and DuPront to continue manufacturing.
Last month, DuPTON announced that it would be replacing the polyester-based plastic packaging in its manufacturing plants with biodehydrated PEPC.
The GE decision follows similar decisions by the plastics company Procter & Gamble Co. and the chemical giant Dow Chemical Co. Other companies are making the switch to biodecane polyethylethylene (BDPE), which is produced by DuPol and will be the default for GE.
BDPEs are the preferred plastic for some of the plastics that GE makes, including polypropylene and polystyrofoam, according a study by the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
But the process has been controversial because it requires a lot of energy and water, and because it uses chemicals to dissolve polyethylynes.
Earlier this year, DuPol announced it would phase out B