BioBased Packaging | Plastic Bag Ban Report
Atlanta, GA, June 5, 2012 (PBBR) - Five global companies have jointly agreed to form an alliance for the purpose of accelerating the development and use of 100% plant-based PET materials and fiber to create biobased packaging of their products.
The Coca-Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, H.J. Heinz Company, NIKE, Inc. and Procter & Gamble today announced the formation of the Plant PET Technology Collaborative (PTC).
PET, also known as polyethylene terephthalate, is a durable, lightweight plastic that is used by all member companies in a variety of products and materials including plastic bottles, apparel, footwear and automotive fabric and carpet.
It is interesting that all five companies are global retailers of consumer products instead of plastic packaging companies.
PTC will build upon the success of The Coca-Cola Company's PlantBottle™ packaging technology, which is partially made from plants and has demonstrated a lower environmental impact when compared to traditional PET plastic bottles. Currently, Heinz licenses the technology from Coca-Cola for select Heinz ketchup bottles in the U.S. and Canada.
100% Plant-Based PET Plastic
The PTC was formed to support new technologies in an effort to evolve today's material that is partially made from plants to a solution made entirely from plants. By leveraging the research and development efforts of the founding companies, the PTC is taking the lead to affect positive change across multiple industries.
These leading brand companies are making a commitment to champion and support research, expand knowledge and accelerate technology development to enable commercially viable, more sustainably sourced, 100% plant-based PET plastic while reducing the use of fossil fuels.
"Sustainably managing our natural resources and finding alternatives to fossil fuels are both business and environmental imperatives. It's encouraging to see these leading companies use their market influence to reduce dependence on petroleum-based plastics. We hope other companies will follow their lead" said Erin Simon, Senior Program Officer of Packaging for World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Plant-Based PET Research
New research is available continuously that will help the PTC in their quest. In early May of this year, researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Delaware announced that they have developed an efficient, renewable method to produce the chemical p-xylene, which is necessary in creating certain plastic containers.
Xylene chemicals are used to produce a plastic called polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, currently used in many products including soda bottles and food packaging.
“Our discovery shows remarkable potential for green plastics, particularly those used to distribute soft drinks and water,” said Dion Vlachos, director of the University of Delaware’s Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation.
Read the full report: Turning Green Plants Into Greener Plastics