Polyethylene used in the manufacturing of HDPE bottles and plastic closures is typically produced from fossil fuels, such as oil or natural gas. Drug Plastics recently introduced another option for our customers. We are now offering polyethylene made from ethanol produced from sugarcane.
This renewable raw material exhibits the same chemical and physical properties as conventional polyethylene made from petrochemical fossil fuels. Just like petrochemical-derived polyethylene is not biodegradable, polyethylene made from sugar cane is not either. However, it can be utilized for the same applications, performs identically, looks the same, and can be recycled.
Unlike polyethylene made from fossil fuels, there are several advantages to using ethanol produced from sugarcane as the raw material for polyethylene:
- It comes from a renewable resource – Sugarcane can be grown every year, but our fossil fuel resources are finite.
- It is more environmentally friendly – Sugarcane captures and fixes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every growth cycle, which occurs annually. As a result, production of ethanol-based polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene made from fossil materials.
- It is easy to migrate away from petrochemical-derived polyethylene – Since it is chemically and physically identical the plastic products perform and look the same.
Our plastic bottles made from sugarcane-based polyethylene are a great way for a company to take positive climate action. By choosing this material the carbon footprint can be greatly reduced. In general, for every 1 ton of bioresin that your company uses, approximately 3.1 tons of carbon dioxide are captured from the atmosphere on a cradle-to-gate basis. This is one way to help reverse the trend of global warming due to increasing levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere.
To view our current offering of HDPE bottles produced from bioresin, please click here. Additional bottles are available in bioresin on a custom basis. Please contact us to learn more.