Sugar Cane Plastic

Sugar Cane Plastic

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Here at Sun Packaging, we have a range of high quality, cost effective packaging supplies available including sugar cane plastic. Sugar cane polymer is a totally renewable, totally recyclable material, now available for manufacture into many types of polythene packaging.

Sugar cane plant is grown around the world for commercial use. During the processing and refining of this, ethanol is extracted. This ethanol is used to create a sugar cane based pellet that has captured 2.5kg of co2 for every 1kg of pellet produced. Taking into account transportation and manufacture of plastic products, GreenPolythene is a carbon neutral product.

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Biodegradable plastic is not an eco friendly solution to reduce the world's plastic pollution problem. This is because biodegradable plastic can not be recycled (in a re-processing plant); when it degrades, it disperses into tiny pieces which seriously affects marine life and negatively impacts the environment.

For this reason, polythene producers are now turning to a viable alternative that is environmentally friendly. Sugar cane packaging is suitable for the recycling mix and for subsequent reuse. Certain products require polythene due to the nature of the protection required, rather than labour intensive paper and card. The answer is GreenPolythene.

Sugar cane processing results in a waste by product, of which ethanol is used to create a polymer that’s bio-based rather than oil-based (such as crude oil based polythene). During the growth of the sugar cane, the natural process of photosynthesis sees carbon captured. Initially, this raw material is carbon negative. As sugar cane is obviously a plant, it's totally renewable and won't deplete fossil fuels (such as crude oil, used for standard polythene), which is of enormous environmental benefit.

The production process inevitably generates carbon through factors such as manufacturing and transport, which means that by the time the bio-based polythene is produced it is actually carbon neutral. The Carbon Trust recently accredited an example of sugar cane based polythene bags as carbon neutral, confirming that it’s possible to nullify the effect of carbon emissions.

It’s worth considering some additional key points. The UK uses some 1 million tonnes of polythene films and bags every year. Using fossil fuel polymers to meet this demand costs the planet 2.6 billion tonnes of CO2 annually. By widely implementing GreenPolythene this figure could be drastically reduced.