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Reasons to Use Sugarcane to Make Plastics Instead of Oil



Reasons to Use Sugarcane to Make Plastics Instead of Oil

The world would be different, and our planet would not exist the way we know it without chemistry. Chemistry is in all living organisms, in the soil, in the air and also in the water. We learn about how the world works through chemistry. It helps us discover materials with tailored properties, develop new drugs, find new energy sources and increase our food production. Chemistry helps us overcome many humanity challenges, but on the other hand, it is also responsible for leading to many environmental problems. Many of these problems arise due to the use of fossil-based hydrocarbons as raw materials. When crude oil and other non-renewable fossil materials are processed, they emit the climate changing carbon dioxide gas.

The quest for renewable raw materials in chemistry laboratories is in full swing around the world. Let us start by examining an interesting initiative from packaging industry where “green polyethylene” help in reducing the climate impact of plastic products. The same ethylene molecule to form polythene is the same chemical composition that green polythene has. The difference between the traditional packaging materials and the green polythene is that the material is renewable and the carbon footprint is much smaller. There are many companies looking for more environmentally friendly packaging.

Polythene from Sugarcane

Ethylene is the common denominator between fossil-based and green polythene. From the chemical point of view, the traditional polythene is identical to the green polythene, and new properties like biodegradability do not arise. The green polythene can be recycled the same way as fossil polythene. The big difference between them is that the ethylene in green polythene is produced from ethanol, in a sugarcane juice distillation process. There is a factory in Brazil known as Baskem that manufactures ethylene and polythene from ethanol. It is the largest thermoplastic resins producer around the world. It has 36 industrial plants that spread across Brazil, Germany, and the United States. It produces more than 16 million tons of thermoplastic resins and other petrochemical products every year. Braskem has the capacity to produce over 200 thousand tons of polythene from sugarcane ethanol annually.

The goal for the Brazilian producer of green polythene is for the ethanol come from chemically harvested sugarcane crops. Compared to manual harvesting, this method has many advantages from an environment, safety, operational and hazard perspective.

Chemistry is science that has no border and offers opportunities to simplify lives of many people and create products that deliver prosperity. The development of green polythene provides consumers opportunities to make every day environmentally friendly choices. Green polythene has finally led the way to other plastics based on renewable raw materials and being manufactured using biotechnology.

Checkout and purchase our BioCane Takeaways that are made from sugarcane pulp which is a rapidly renewable resource. The products are extremely durable, affordable, lightweight and most importantly; biodegrades in 30-90 days once they are exposed to composting conditions. The products can be frozen or heated up without producing new taste, odor or any harmful additives to your content. The products are an ideal alternative to the traditional polystyrene meal packaging.

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