New sugarcane-based book protection film is sustainable alternative
Filmolux® libre organic is Neschen’s new book protection film made of bio-based polyethylene from sugarcane, a renewable raw material.
Sugarcane is a versatile and renewable crop that can be used as a clean source of energy and as a raw material for the production of multiple products. Being a renewable feedstock, sugarcane captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere every growth cycle, which occurs annually. Green polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene, made from fossil materials. Additionally, it exhibits the same characteristics in application and performance as petrochemical polyethylene.
Using plant-based plastics saves resources and contributes to the fight against climate change.
The positive environmental impact of using
sugarcane as a raw material
Sugarcane is a versatile and sustainable crop that is used as a clean
energy source and as raw material.
Protecting the Amazon
The sugarcane comes from sugarcane mills in Brasil, which only grant
operating licences in state-defined areas, more than 2,500 km away
from the Amazon.
Sugarcane cultivation in Brazil is rarely irrigated because the water
demand during the agricultural growth phase can be almost completely
covered by natural rainfall.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Each ton of the produced polyethylene captures CO2 and binds it, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
When it is fully grown, the sugarcane is harvested. It is then taken to the mills for further processing. The juice of the first pressing is mostly
used for the production of sugar. The subsequent pressing extracts the residual sugar to produce ethanol. Ethanol is used as biofuel or as the
main component for the bio-based plastic (I‘m greenTM plastic). The remaining waste fibres (called bagasse) are utilized to drive the mill,
using the heat of the steam for the generation of electricity.
This process makes the sugarcane very resourceful. The ashes, together with the
waste residue, called vinasse, can then be reused as fertiliser. Vinasse is rich in organic nutrients and water. This organic fertilization on the
sugarcane fields reduces the need for chemical fertilizers and thus contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The bioethanol is dehydrated to produce ethylene, which is then polymerised as plastic resin. This is the plastic that is used for the production
of the book protection film filmolux® libre organic.
Filmolux® libre organic consists of polyethylene made of more than 90 percent renewable content. Filmolux® libre organic conforms to REACH and is, therefore, APEO- and BPA-free. The adhesive and film are free of plasticizers. The new book protection film is easy to apply due to reduced initial adhesion of the adhesive. Small filming errors can be corrected well on smooth surfaces. The printed grid on the silicone liner allows for easy cutting. With this innovative addition to the portfolio, Neschen demonstrates that sustainability is an important topic for the company. Many other Neschen portfolios, such as the wallpaper range, already have many green product alternatives. Furthermore, Neschen already added many PP-based products to the range of protection films. With sustainability being so high on the agenda, Neschen is content to now offer a film that is a hundred percent recyclable and climate neutral.
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