Italian company makes plastic from sugar beet waste

Scientists at Bio-on have spent last five years developing a way of turning the molasses into plastics

A by-product of sugar beet production could prove a boon to the environment while reducing the world’s dependence on oil-based plastics. A small Italian company represents one of the newest advances in bio-plastics.

An enormous factory for Co.Pro.B, Italy’s largest sugar producer, sits on the outskirts of the small northern town Minerbio. But it’s not the sugar that Bio-on, a small company with its offices near the factory, is interested in – it’s the sugar beet molasses that leaves the plant as trash.

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Keywords: polyethylene, polystyrene, polypropylene, bacteria, lactid acid, biodegradable plastics

Source, 2011-10-05.