Green PE has been developed from ethanol sugarcane, a renewable raw material
Lumson has developed a packaging material to be chemically identical to plastic polyethylene but with strong ‘green’ credentials, made from bio-polymers.
Green PE has been developed from ethanol sugarcane, a renewable raw material, while traditional polyethylene uses fossil sourced raw material such as oil or natural gas. The system of production removes up to 2.5 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere for each ton produced, captures and fixing CO2 during its manufacture, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emission, says Lumson.
Bio-polymers are polysaccharides, like cellulose, amylum and glycogen; and proteins, such as gluten, collagen and enzyme, making it completely recyclable, in the same chain used for recycling traditional polyethylene from fossil source. It has application potential across beauty and personal care.