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Biobased PVC? Take Vinyl Industry Claims with a Grain of Salt

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 10, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Web Master last modified May 02, 2012

Author name:  Jennifer Atlee Blog Category:  BuildingGreen Sounds Off GreenSpec Insights Making plastic from corn, soy, or sugarcane has some advantages--but fixing the petroleum problem barely touches what's wrong with PVC. By the way, the "plant bottle" is not biodegradable, but it does recycle just like any other PET or HDPE bottle. After all, that's what it is. Just because a polymer's feedstocks come from a renewable source doesn't mean it is any more biodegradable, compostable, or even more environmentally friendly than any other plastic. What if all of the common plastics in use today were made from renewable materials rather than from fossil fuels? Would they start looking better in the eyes of environmentalists? This is no idle question. The plastics industry is exploring a wide range of approaches to sourcing today's typical plastics from biobased feedstocks, and their use in common products isn't too far off on the horizon. We're already seeing these entering the market. An early example is Coca Cola's "plant bottle," which uses PET or HDPE made from ethylene derived from renewable sources instead of fossil fuels. Images:  coca-cola-hopenhagen_1.jpg GreenProductCertWebcastAdSquare_5.jpg GreenSpecGreenBanner_48.jpg read more






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