Leading the development of recycled plastics

At Sony we’ve reduced our use of non-renewable resources by developing SORPLAS™, a recycled plastic that offers both sustainability, and high performance, making it ideal for our new products.

Up to 99% recycled content

Recycled plastic used in electronics is typically only around 30% recycled material. Sony’s groundbreaking sulfur-based flame retardant allows use of up to 99% recycled material in our plastics.

Up to 99% recycled content

flame retardant and SORPLAS™ pellets

SORPLAS™

SORPLAS™

[ 1 ] Recycled content 99%  [ 2 ] Flame retardants, other additives 1%

Typical recycled polycarbonate plastic

Typical recycled polycarbonate plastic

[ 1 ] Petroleum-based virgin plastic 55%  [ 2 ] Recycled cont. 30%  [ 3 ] Flame retardants, other additives 15%

Helping to reduce manufacturing emissions

Helping to reduce manufacturing emissions

Use of SORPLAS™ in the BRAVIA™ KDL-40EX52H LCD TV helped reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 80% during its production as compared to virgin resin.

[ 1 ] virgin resin  [ 2 ] SORPLAS™

Giving new life to your old plastics

By incorporating waste optical discs and leftover film from Sony and other factories as well as post-consumer materials such as plastic water bottles, SORPLAS™ further supports recycling.

Giving new life to your old plastics

Steps to minimize footprint, maximize performance

The advantages stemming from the minimal use of flame retardant in SORPLAS™ aren’t limited to just the groundbreaking levels of recycled material content that can be included. Conventional flame retardants often weaken the original characteristics of the plastics, so reducing these means SORPLAS™ can be recycled several times with little loss of performance. In addition, as a high-quality plastic, it has the highest level of durability among flame-retardant polycarbonate plastics. What’s more, it maintains a beautiful finish that requires no extra coatings to add color or glossiness.

[ 1 ] Crush & Re-pelletize  [ 2 ] Mold  [ 3 ] Products  [ 4 ] Disassembly  [ 5 ] Collect from Market

Excellent recyclability

SORPLAS™ is made by blending recycled and waste plastics, such as from optical discs and water bottles, with a Sony-developed flame retardant. The new material can then be used in the production of many Sony products thanks to the toughness, oil resistance, and quality of finish that SORPLAS™ offers.
SORPLAS™ is made, in part, from materials recovered from Sony and other factories as well as post-consumer products.  Even though SORPLAS™ is partly made from recycled plastics, it can be crushed and re-pelletized for use, again, in brand new products.

Light, strong and fire retardant

Light, strong and fire retardant

Taking advantage of the combination of excellent structural strength and flame retardancy that SORPLAS™ offers, a thin, fire-resistant frame for the BRAVIA™ XE80 TV 49inch was produced.
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Tough, oil resistant and versatile

Handheld cameras and camcorders have to be tough and oil resistant. SORPLAS™ first met these needs in 2012 and continues to be used in some Sony cameras including the α99 and HX400V.

Tough, oil resistant and versatile
Durable, good-looking and ready for your life

Durable, good-looking and ready for your life

As we demand more devices in our lives, they need to be more durable and look better. SORPLAS™ is not only tough but offers excellent paint adhesion to keep the devices looking great.

From scrap plastic to a valuable resource

Yasuhito Inagaki

Senior Chemical Engineer ,
SORPLAS™ Business Office

From scrap plastic to a valuable resource

Long-term development was key to a new recycled plastic

The development of SORPLAS™ began more than a decade ago and at the time our research was focused mainly on how to re-use upcycle scrap plastic from Sony factories more effectively. Among the promising applications we investigated were industrial wastewater purifiers and water-absorbent resins for disposable diapers, and during our research we developed a sulfur-based flame retardant that made polycarbonate plastic highly resistant to fire. The blending of this flame retardant with the polycarbonate plastic sourced from scrap optical discs and optical sheets discharged from some Sony group factories proved to be the key to the development of SORPLAS™. SORPLAS™ is a recycled plastic realized through our efforts to retain and convert manufacturing waste into a valuable resource.

TV: SORPLAS™ model availability  dependent on TV size.

Other page for Sony’s technology

Other page for Sony’s technology

Recycling and better listening experience.

We welcome any inquiries about SORPLAS™. (Link to Sony Semiconductor Solutions Corporation website (English)).