In a world where the disposal of plastic is a massive global climate problem, Avantium, a biochemical company in the Netherlands and several organizations’ missions, aims to aid the transition to a fossil-free society.
The project for sustainable alternatives for fossil-based chemicals and materials is put together by several organizations with the backing from various companies.
The projects, devised by renewable chemicals company Avantium, has already won the backing of beer maker Carlsberg.
Carlsberg hopes to sell its pilsner beer in a cardboard bottle lined with an inner layer of plant plastic when the bottles have been given the greenlight.
Chief executive from Avantium, Tom van Aken, told the Guardian that he hopes to greenlight a major investment in the world-leading bioplastics plant by the end of the year. They are hopeful to have the product on store shelves by 2023.
The project has the support of Coca-Cola and Danone and is set to reveal partnerships with other drinks and food companies later. Despite the lockdown, everything seems to remain on track.
The plastic-like material to reduce fossil fuels derived from wheat, corn, and beet sugars. The plant plastic designed to be flexible enough to accommodate carbonate drinks. The product trials have shown that it can be recycled and would decay in nature much faster than conventional plastics do. Using a composter, it should decompose within one year.
Since plastic pollution is a major issue, you can find pieces of microplastic on every beach globally, which affects sea wildlife, and that is just on the sea line never mind how it affects other animals on the planet.
Avantium is proud to be a part of the Paper Bottle Project. Our PEF will be providing this fully plant-based bottle with higher barrier properties.
The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco) started in 2019 is a shared venture between paper packaging material developer BillerudKorsnäs & bottle manufacturing specialist Alpla. It is grown from the start-up and innovation expert EcoXpac.
Any effort to reduce plastic production is vital for everyone on this planet.
The problem with plastic
Beverage companies generate over 500 billion single-use plastic bottles annually. It is hard to say exactly how much plastic lands up in our oceans, yet scientists think it’s about 8 million metric tons annually. That is nearly the weight of 90 aircraft carriers.
Think about all the plastic items that you use daily, such as water bottles, toothbrushes, and foods, to name a few. Plastic can stay around indefinitely as it is not biodegradable. Plastic gets tossed about, which makes the plastic break into tiny pieces called microplastic. Once microplastic lands up in the ocean, it causes havoc on the marine ecosystems.
You can help the environment if you can commit to changing your habits. Reduce your use of disposable and single-use plastic items, reusing items, and or recycling them.