Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging 13-05-2022
Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging
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The fourth growth platform will increase the share of renewable carbon in Solvay’s product offering and open up new business opportunities for multiple markets
Solvay is launching a new Renewable Materials and Biotechnology platform, dedicated to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for a range of markets, using renewable feedstocks and biotechnology. The company is already a market leader in some bio-based products, including guar, bio-sourced solvents and natural vanillin, the latter of which is enabled by biotechnology.
The new platform will bring together several Solvay businesses to help meet growing demand for sustainable solutions by increasing the share of renewable carbon1\ in Solvay’s product offering and developing new business opportunities enabled by biotechnology. It complements Solvay’s three existing growth platforms, Battery Materials, Green Hydrogen and Thermoplastic Composites.
The platform will accelerate the integration of sustainable renewable feedstocks into Solvay products. It will also enable the development of new approaches to manage the end-of-life of these products, which includes biodegradability by design.
This presents enormous innovation potential, which Solvay is well positioned to leverage, both through internal expertise and strong links with customers and external innovation partners. Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging
Through open innovation and strategic alliances, Solvay intends to build new growth businesses that will benefit multiple markets, while also helping to address key societal and environmental needs. This includes providing formulations for agro and personal care, solutions for food and flavors, and advanced materials for transportation and aerospace
Through enabling the development of sustainable solutions based on renewable carbon, the platform will also play a fundamental role in the achievement of Solvay’s 2030 sustainability goals, set out in the Solvay One Planet sustainability roadmap. These goals include increasing the share of sustainable solutions in Group sales to 65% and more than doubling the share of Solvay products based on circular raw materials or energy in Group sales compared to 2018, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
1 Renewable carbon encompasses carbon sources that prevent or replace the use of fossil carbon. This definition includes carbon from biomass, CO2 and recycling.
The association of the compostable plastics industry emphasizes the instrumental significance of the operation and highlights three unique aspects of the research. CNR bioplastics study Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging
The premise can be found at the end of the statement released today by Assobioplastica regarding the announcement made yesterday by the CNR on the results of a study on the (slow) degradation of bioplastics in the sea and in the sand (read article): “Sorry to have to talk to means of press releases, where it would be preferable to remain in the context of the scientific discussion, which Assobioplastica considers vital and stimulating and hopes to be able to continue in the appropriate forums with researchers interested in the topic of biodegradation of bioplastics “. Reserving a broader and more in-depth examination from the technical point of view of the study, Assobioplastica not so much criticizes the results, but “the instrumental significance of the operation”; according to the association representing the Italian compostable bioplastics industry: “With this press release some categories of bioplastics are attacked, but in reality a shadow is cast on the entire sector”. Pending a critical review, three “glaring singularities” are reported.
The first is that the “results of the study are disseminated hastily and prematurely, ie on the basis of the first sampling, carried out after only six months in an experiment lasting three years.
In essence, these are preliminary results “. Then there is a methodological aspect, that is, the degradation times have not been measured, although this is the topic of the research: “The article – reports Assobioplastica – does not answer the question ‘What degradation times do bioplastics have compared to conventional? “.
According to the association, in fact, “in the experimental scheme of the test a fundamental element is missing to contextualize the results and make sense of the term ‘significant’ referring to degradation, ‘long’ referring to time and so on: this is the pellet of material lignocellulosic, i.e. a natural polymer composite that is necessary, like the metronome with music, to give meaning to the duration, to calibrate the experiment and understand what ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ means in nature, beyond the subjective expectations of experimenters “.
Bioplastic-degradation – Food-packaging