When Sony resolved to do something about reducing the amount of virgin, oil-based plastics it used to manufacture its products, it soon became apparent that the company was not one for half measures. Next to reducing the amount of plastic used and introducing recycled plastic in new products, Sony decided to develop its own recycled plastic. The result was SoRPlas: Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic.
Originally made by Sony for Sony, the material has proved such a success that the company has now decided to sell it to external parties.
Developed in 2011, SoRPlas is flame-retardant recycled plastic comprising polycarbonate plastic recycled from materials such as optical discs from discarded DVDs and optical sheets (light-diffusing films) used in LCD televisions. These recycled materials incorporate Sony's proprietary sulfur-based flame retardant to achieve a highly durable, highly heat-resistant plastic with a percentage of recycled content that can reach as high as 99%, depending on the application.