Bioplastic, Biorefinery, Video

Time to make a change: FKuR Video

It seems video presentations are now the “in-thing” at most of the conferences I have attended this year. While some of them are really just company marketing, others are pretty interesting. Here is one from bioplastic company FKuR.

I am not an expert on life cycle analysis but I would think that for comparison on the production of petroleum-based plastics and its GHG emissions vs plant-based polymers production you have to account for the following factors:

1. Fertilizer, water and land required vs oil extraction/fracking/coal mining
2. Logistics, shipping, storage for feedstock and chemicals
3. Production emissions, water usage, energy usage
4. Logistics, shipping, storage of end-products
5. Packaging, use and disposal of end-products

These factors will be different from product-to-product and from region-to-region. There will always be a debate on whether bio-based materials and chemicals will really be sustainable, but in the long-run, the blog does believe that it is time to make some changes. These changes might not be perfect — just think about how the petrochemical industry went through in its entire history — but we can learn from past mistakes and there is always room for improvement.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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