20 September 2016

Nothing changes - but the sustainability

toy airplane bioplastics

Have you ever thought about where does all that stuff come from? That stuff you carry home from the store, no matter how necessary or useless after the first use. 

The car you drive, the smart phone in your hand, the keyboard of your PC, the wrapping around your lunch and the toys your kids crave, they all have a footprint and they all contain materials that can be made with a smaller impact on the nature.  

The global population will exceed 9 billion before 2050 which means a huge increase in consumption of goods and an ever harder struggle against climate change. Transportation is already developing solutions with lower greenhouse gas emissions via for example biofuels and electrification, but what about materials?

Metals and plastics are among the most used materials across industries. They will also be among those under stronger pressure in terms of availability and sustainability. The availability of plastics will most likely be improved by the reduced use of fossil fuels in traffic, whereby more oil will end up in, for example, plastics. In order to improve their sustainability, the recyclability and re-use of plastics as well as their raw material sourcing need to be improved. One of the most efficient solutions is to produce plastics from sustainable and renewable raw materials. 

If it is so easy - you may ask - why is this solution not yet on the market? Just wait and see, it is on its way

Neste has a vision to create responsible choices every day. In order to offer what people around the globe are looking for, we have developed both renewable fuels and a solution to bioplastics that changes everything. Or, actually, the disruption is that nothing changes - but the sustainability. Products and applications can remain identical thanks to so-called drop-in plastics. It means that although the raw material of bioplastic is renewable, it can be used just like traditional plastic.

The mobile phone, the terrace chair, the car, the toy in your hand. Millions of years ago they originated largely from vegetables and animals. For Neste, it takes a few hours for a similar process; to produce a renewable raw material from vegetable oils and fatty wastes and residues, which can be used to produce plastics for a multitude of uses. Plastics can be a sustainable option. 

Next time you start ripping open a chocolate bar, just pay attention to the ease of opening it. This and all other properties obtained through the use of various plastics are much valued by the industry, brand owners and consumers. Our Neste Bioplastics solution enables the production of items and packages which can be consumed exactly the way you are used to, with high comfort - and eventually recycled with a good conscience knowing that the use of bioplastics has not impacted the global warming.

Tomi Nyman
Tomi Nyman
Head of Business team, New Ventures