solving the plastic problem

by:INDUSTRIAL-MAN     2019-09-08
I\'m happy to be on the 19-cycle. -
Largest Circular Economy conference in North America-
It was held last week in Minneapolis.
I spent two and a half days in Minnesota, which gave me the opportunity to talk to some smart and inspiring entrepreneurs and ask questions to SABIC, Dow Jones, General Mills, Apple executives, about what big companies do to achieve sustainable development, learn everything from clothing recycling to Renewable Agriculture.
At the meeting, many people were talking about plastic-arguably the most important material in today\'s consumer economy.
Plastic is a modern wonder-lightweight, flexible, tough-perfect for everything from carbonated drinks to frozen dinners to indoor plants.
The biggest problem is the waste generated after use-which I mentioned in my article to provide plastic to the world.
A meeting spokesman for the National Geographic Society said that 9 million tons of waste plastic are shipped to the ocean every year, collected on huge floating islands, eaten by marine animals, broken down into particles and entered our food.
By 2050, humans will make 50 billion tons of plastic-most of which were used only once before it was discarded.
Only a small portion of the plastic will be recycled, and this proportion may get smaller as China stops importing scrap plastic.
Due to the negative impact on the natural world, plastic is a matter of great concern to environmental groups, hearing about the addition of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The researchers are working on the problem.
WWF sent a team to the cycle meeting and I had the opportunity to speak to one of the member ladies
Alix Grabowski is the chief expert in sustainable development research and development at WWF. Even though Ms.
Grabowski\'s major is bioplastic and I was surprised and happy to hear that she said \"Just because something says \'bio\' doesn\'t mean it\'s good for the environment.
She stressed to me that when talking about sustainability and cycles, it was important to consider the systematic consequences of understanding the value chain as a whole.
The view of this system in WWF is like the bio-Plastic Raw Material Alliance (BFA)
Vision of cascading materials.
The essence of these projects is to find opportunities to continuously improve the process of material procurement, product and packaging design to create plastic consumption efficiency that runs through the consumer value chain.
The Boao Forum for Asia operates an impressive number of real-world examples and cascading material visions.
For example, thanks to the WWF project, Ford has found a way to make lightweight automotive decorative materials using recycled materials and bio-plastics.
This initiative not only reduces greenhouse gases (GHG)
Emissions related to the extraction and refining of hydrocarbons into plastics, but also reduced greenhouse gas emissions due to higher fuel efficiency in cars.
Another good example is the development of coca.
Plant bottle container using plant Colabased plastics.
I am also pleased to meet the founding team of the materials company based in Israel, the UBQ materials company and their executive team.
The founding board member of UBQ is also the founder of Sabra Hummus, who produced a new type of creature
Plastic materials with food raw materials and organic wastes as the main raw materials.
The UBQ process is to convert domestic waste into fully functional materials through the patent conversion process, which can be used to manufacture durable products such as deck materials, molded and extruded plastic parts, such as trash cans or plastic pipes.
Also, the team at UBQ told me that their plastic products actually help to isolate carbon emissions permanently-creating a sustainable thermoplastic material that is not just low emissions
Carbon or carbon
Neutral but carbonnegative.
The company is currently expanding its business operations in the United States and Europe.
The last company that caught my attention was SABIC, the Saudi Basic Industry Company, the world\'s third largest chemical company, which recently announced that it would be acquired by the oil giant Saudi Aramco.
The reason SABIC caught my attention was that I knew they had a joint venture with a British company called plastic energy to create a \"chemical recycling\" plant in the Netherlands, the economic source of recycling resources from linear circular economy.
The nature of plastic chemical recycling is different from the \"mechanical recycling\" that most people know \".
Mechanical recycling is the process of cleaning, chopping and melting old plastics to produce even plastic particles that can be melted with the original plastic and transformed into new plastic products.
Chemical recovery is carried out through a process known as pyrolysis to decompose the plastic into its component hydrocarbons by heating the plastic under pressure in an hypoxia environment.
The result of this process is the plastic raw material-which cannot be distinguished from the raw material of the refinery-Superlow-
Sulfur diesel and several other useful industrial products.
In a sense, chemical recycling is equivalent to recycling old paper instead of making it out of cardboard and turning it into raw wood.
Pyrolysis is not a new technology-Chinese companies have been converting used car tires into fuel and kerosene for years-but the process can be dirty and difficult when different types of plastic are mixed together.
There were several good projects at the meeting to deal with chemical recycling, and there were some big names in the chemical industry, including SABIC and Dow, who were looking for ways to increase the commercial potential of pyrolysis.
Although plastic was a topic on the lips of many people during the meeting, I also learned some fascinating innovations in paper and fabric fiber recycling.
I will cover these discussions in the next article.
I am happy to attend this meeting and talk to people like me who know that the only way to build and maintain wealth for generations in this century is to invest in a new model.
Smart investors have noticed this.
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