Biofuels spell opportunity

Family of bio-based molecular precursors also to be a source for bio-based commodity plastics, not just alternatives for fossile fuels

As the U.S. Department of Energy throws money at biofuels research, it behooves the packaging industry to better understand the implications of this work and, where possible, help leverage research to the benefit of the packaging industry.

Today’s focus on energy sources based on renewable resources rather than on petroleum creates an opportunity for packaging. Because, as the search for alternatives to fossil fuels heats up, that search is bound to shine a light on ways in which we might produce commodity plastics that are bio-based.

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Tags: polylactid acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), infrastructure, algae, marine diatoms


Greener, 2011-11-30.


University of Florida
US Department of Energy (DoE)