Renewable Plastics


CO2 and inedible plant material for Renewable Plastics.

The problem that now exists is trying to find an affordable way of producing FDCA. One way this can be done is by using corn syrup, a process that requires a lot of land and energy, which in turn would be unsustainable despite investment by businesses like Coca-Cola.

With enough funding and an alternative method of creating PEF other than corn syrup, the sustainable and environmentally friendly plastic may just become a commercial reality. Scientists are working on incorporating furfural in the production chain. Furfal is otherwise known as agricultural waste, and when heated alongside carbon and pressurized CO2 the result is a molten salt that converts into FDCA.