She added that the recycled-content TPE "performs just like standard grades — there's no trade-off in quality."
In a news release, Thomas Brette, Bic group insights and innovations officer, said that the new razor handle "is another exciting milestone on our sustainability journey to explore new or alternative options to transform our products."
Last year, Bic committed to using 50 percent of nonvirgin petroleum plastic for its products by 2030.
"To achieve these goals, our R&D and procurement teams are constantly finding innovative solutions that limit our products' impact on the planet," Brette said.
Walter Ripple, Avient sustainability vice president, added in the release that collaborating with Bic "aligns closely with our sustainability commitments as a specialty formulator and our focus on helping customers meet their sustainability goals."
Avient, which changed its name from PolyOne in July 2020, can increase the overall percentage of recycled content in additional reSound R grades to more than 80 percent at performance comparable to prime grades. Officials said these grades can replace traditional TPEs in personal care, lawn and garden, outdoor high performance, footwear, office supplies, houseware durables and automotive applications.
Sondag added that Avient customers remain interested in many kinds of sustainable materials.
"They're looking for ways to meet their sustainability goals and commitments, and Bic is a good example," she said.
Bic is a market leader in pens, stationery, lighters and shavers. The firm posted sales of about 1.63 billion euros ($1.88 billion) in 2020.
Also at Fakuma, Avient debuted new bio-filled polymer grades to strengthen the firm's sustainable solutions portfolio. The new reSound NF-brand bio-filled grades are based on resins such as polypropylene with 15-20 percent bio-based filler. The filler is made from waste plant sources that would otherwise be landfilled.
Avient is one of the world's largest concentrate makers and one of North America's largest compounders and resin distributors. The firm employs more than 8,000 worldwide.
In 2020, Avient posted sales of about $3.2 billion. After acquiring the global masterbatch concentrates business of Clariant AG, Avient expects 2021 sales to be around $4.6 billion.