What are Renewable Carbon Plastics
With ‘renewable carbon plastics’ we refer to biobased plastics, CO2 based plastics or recycled plastics.
Renewable Carbon can come from the atmosphere, biosphere or technosphere – but not from the geosphere. Renewable Carbon circulates between atmosphere, biosphere and technosphere.
There are only three sources of renewable carbon:
- Renewable carbon from recycling of already existing plastics and other organic chemistry products, from the technosphere
- Renewable carbon gained from all types of biomass, from the biosphere
- Renewable carbon from direct CO2 utilisation, from the technosphere and atmosphere
(info by Nova Institute www.renewable-carbon.eu)
Renewable Carbon Plastics (rc-plastics) are innovative sustainably produced plastics based on the above renewable carbon sources and other generally available raw materials. Some rc-plastics can be the same as their fossil-based counterparts (like PP or PE) but with a renewable carbon source. Other rc-plastics, like biobased plastics, can have different and therefore interesting characteristics that are already recognized and used in the packaging industry, agriculture and horticulture, medical, consumer electronics and the automotive industry worldwide.
Green Serendipity has set up the European ‘Bioplastics Hub’ in Amsterdam. Its aim: to inform on renewable materials for packaging and products whilst providing essential answers about the whole chain (from raw material until end-of-life), methods, facts, communication, certification, advantages and to connect parties within the whole supply chain.
“Retailers, brand owners, production companies, packaging wholesalers or marketing managers: everyone is welcome at the Bioplastics Hub in Amsterdam for the transition from fossil based materials to renewable materials like biobased plastics, CO2 based plastics and recyclates. We have the expert knowledge and insights which are vital to helping companies convert from traditional lineair fossil based plastics and packaging to responsible, sustainable and renewable alternatives,” explains Caroli Buitenhuis, founder. “We share our knowledge in order to accelerate the circular bio-economy.”
The Bioplastics Hub has a great overview of samples of innovative retail packaging and products based on renewable carbon materials. Visitors can see what these new materials look like, how they feel, what their barrier properties and sealing capabilities are etc. Expertise is on hand to explain how to convert to these new materials and the effect this has on existing production processes, purchasing and operating costs. “We will also give insight information on the whole supply chain, from raw material until end-of-life, explain which benefits or extra features the materials have ánd connect the end market directly to producers, converters, knowledge institutes etc. Connecting the dots…”
The Bioplastics Hub Europe is also known as the Greenovation Hub.
Green Serendipity is an agile consultancy and can be hired for experts, innovators, consultants, matchmakers, for strategy and as brainstormers or innovative concept creators with regard to renewable carbon materials like bioplastics. Also available for presentations, workshops, or guest lectures. Including organizing conferences or meetings around the themes of bioplastics, biobased packaging or accelerating the circular bio-economy on behalf of third parties.
Skype consultancy is possible.
Workshop ‘Introduction to Bioplastics’ (NL)
For more information about the Workshop ‘Introduction to Bioplastics’ (NL), look here.