Sustainable and multi-purpose: Exploring bio-based pentylene glycol

Sabrina Behnke, Yohanna Sander, Mickaël Larnicol, Justine Coupel, Léa Schmidt, Jürgen Claus and Sabine Lange discuss pentylene glycol made from 100% bio-based carbon

New generations are making big leaps towards a greener and more sustainable future.

Gasoline may one day entirely be replaced by biofuel from algae and conventional plastics may be replaced by a soy-based alternative.

As oil-based commodities have come under scrutiny – as part of a larger debate around fossil fuels and climate change – science and engineering are constantly innovating, developing alternative manufacturing routes to produce the materials we depend on in our daily lives.

While concepts of alternative manufacturing routes or sourcing strategies are only the first step, the scale-up is often a significant challenge to commercialisation.

Historically, price-conscious manufacturers were reluctant to pay higher prices or jeopardise product performance to replace existing materials with more natural solutions.

Until a few years ago, the industry had not seen a strong demand for greener, more sustainable options from raw materials suppliers, as they were often connected to a higher price tag or affected product performance.

Nowadays, green and sustainable enjoys growing demand. We have become accustomed to seeing and using recycled materials, and are willing to sacrifice some product aesthetics for a more sustainable product story.

We make fabrics out of plastic bottles, own reusable shopping bags and coffee mugs, write on recycled paper, use LED lightbulbs and eat with compostable cutlery.

New generations are more . . .

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