In 2011, Sony began practical use of Sustainable Oriented Recycled Plastic (SORPLAS™), a flame-retardant recycled plastic made possible by a proprietary compounding technology that combines an original, non-halogen and non-phosphorus, flame retardant—itself produced using a Sony-developed process—and waste plastics (polycarbonate resin) from various sources in an optimal blend. Thanks to Sony's novel flame-retardant, which makes it possible to impart flame-retardancy by the addition of a very small amount of less than 1% or less of total content, SORPLAS™ not only surpasses conventional flame-retardant plastics in terms of durability, flame-retardancy and recyclability, but also achieves an outstanding utilization rate of up to 99% waste plastics. The effective utilization of SORPLAS™ has been shown to reduce CO2 emissions in product manufacturing by up to 80%.* Moreover, Sony's versatile waste-plastic compounding technology makes it possible to tailor SORPLAS™ to the needs of a variety of products. Sony first used SORPLAS™ in its products in 2011 and has since incorporated it into a wide variety of Sony products. Then, in 2014, Sony commenced external sales. Sony will continue to make SORPLAS™ widely available also outside the group, promote resource recycling, and contribute to a society with a reduced environmental impact.