Posts including "Feedstock":

How can the industry support the supply of sustainable feedstock?

2017-06-19T14:00:33+02:002 March 2016|

Sustainable sourcing of feedstock is a prerequisite for more sustainable products. That is why European Bioplastics supports: the general sparing use of resources and increase of resource efficiency (e.g. through use cascades), the implementation of good agricultural practice, corresponding third-party certification, and a responsible choice of feedstock: The use of food residues or [...]

Are GMO crops used for bioplastics?

2017-06-19T13:57:05+02:002 March 2016|

The use of genetically modified (GM) crops is not a technical requirement for the production of any bioplastic materials that are commercially available today. If GM crops are used, the reasons usually lie in the regional feedstock supply situation or are based on economic decisions. Most bioplastics producers do not use GMO feedstock [...]

Is the use of non-food feedstock feasible?

2019-12-18T13:34:55+01:002 March 2016|

Yes, to some extend. Today, bioplastics are predominantly produced from agro-based feedstock (i.e. plants that are rich in carbohydrates). At the same time, the bioplastics industry is investing in the research and development to diversify the availability of biogenic feedstock for the production of bio-based plastics. The industry particularly aims to further develop [...]

Will there be sufficient agricultural area in the world to sustain production of food, feed, fuel and bioplastics?

2017-06-19T13:45:05+02:002 March 2016|

There are various ways to ensure a sufficient supply of biomass for the production for food, feed, and industrial/material uses (including bioplastics) now and in future. These include: Broadening the base of feedstock: The bioplastics industry is currently working mostly with agro-based feedstock (i.e. plants that are rich in carbohydrate, such as corn [...]

How much agricultural area is used for bioplastics?

2019-12-18T13:29:42+01:002 March 2016|

Today, bioplastics are mostly made from carbohydrate-rich plants, such as corn or sugar cane, so called agro-based feedstock or 1st generation feedstock. Currently, 1st generation feedstock is the most efficient feedstock for the production of bioplastics as it requires the least amount of land to grow on and produces the highest yields. The [...]

Why does the bioplastics industry use agricultural resources?

2017-06-15T16:21:25+02:002 March 2016|

The emerging shift from crude oil towards renewable resources is driven primarily by the sustainable development efforts of the plastics industry. Finite oil resources and climate change constitute two broadly acknowledged challenges for society in the coming decades. Reducing the dependency on oil and mitigating the effects of climate change are therefore two [...]

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