RIVERBANK, Calif., Nov. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ECO2 Plastics, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: EOPI), the eco-friendly recycling company that is changing the way plastics are recycled, announced today that its waterless cleaning process was recognized by Popular Science magazine as one of the Top 100 innovations of the year, winning the coveted "Best of What's New" award in the Green Tech category.
ECO2 was selected for its innovative approach to solving the dirty little secret of plastic recycling. Each year billions of gallons of water are consumed and contaminated through the water-based process deployed in traditional plastic recycling. ECO2's closed-loop system eliminates the use of water while reducing the variable cost of production and without polluting the planet. The process has been approved by the FDA for use in food contact applications, covering the widest range of categories. The ECO2 Environmental System is the only process granted approval at the wash stage, prior to incremental equipment and processing costs.
"For 22 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us, those that make a positive impact on our world today, and challenge our views of what's possible in the future," said Mark Jannot, Editor in Chief of Popular Science. "The 'Best of What's New' award is the magazine's top honor, and the 100 winners - chosen from among thousands of entrants - represent the highest level of achievement in their fields."
"We are honored to be recognized by Popular Science Magazine as a company that is making revolutionary strides in the improvement of plastic recycling technology," said Rod Rougelot, CEO of ECO2 Plastics. "This award is a reflection of our entire team's passion and commitment in making a positive impact on the industry and the environment. Raising additional financing remains our primary focus with the goal of being operational again in the second quarter of 2010."
About "Best of What's New"
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year - breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners of the "Best of What's New" award are given inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of "Best of What's New" in 1987. "Best of What's New" awards are presented to 100 new products and technologies in 11 categories: Automotive, Aviation & Space, Computing, Engineering, Gadgets, Green Technology, Home Entertainment, Security, Home Technology, Personal Health, and Recreation.
About Popular Science
Founded in 1872, Popular Science (www.popsci.com) is the world's largest science and technology magazine, with a circulation of 1.3 million and 7.1 million readers. Each month, Popular Science delivers "The Future Now," reporting on the intersection of science and everyday life with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by the Bonnier Corporation (www.bonniercorp.com), one of the largest consumer publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.
About ECO2 Plastics (www.eco2plastics.com)
ECO2 Plastics, (EOPI.OB), is a publicly traded company engaged in PET plastic recycling. The Company's patented process was developed through a research partnership with Honeywell FM&T and the US Department of Energy. ECO2 Plastics is the exclusive worldwide licensee of the patented and patent-pending technology. The Company is headquartered in Riverbank, California.
ECO2's approach sets it apart from competitors that deploy water-based recycling processes. Unlike other recyclers, ECO2's process eliminates the use of water, respects and preserves the environment, while delivering a high quality recycled plastic flake, which is approved by the FDA for use in food contact applications. ECO2 Plastics is the only recycling company that can claim that (i) its plastic recycling technology has a negligible impact on the environment and (ii) is distinguishable from existing technologies when it comes to water waste and chemical contamination.
SOURCE ECO2 Plastics, Inc.