The sweet side of the eco-bottle
Can packaging protect our climate? Somehow, this sounds far-fetched. But we at Biogena have always been up for a challenge.
Look at this bottle.
It’s aesthetically pleasing, food safe, plastic-free – and made from sugar. From sugar? How can that work? And who would want to eat a bottle? (Although please do not try that!). And why doesn’t the packaging melt when it gets wet?
It is a fascinating transformation: and some aspects of it have to be explained in detail. So, here we go. You can see a beautiful plant before you. Her name is Saccharum officinarum, but she is more commonly known as sugarcane.
Have you ever heard of the term white gold? In the 16th century, it was a common term for sugar, because the sweet, crystalline substance used to be very expensive and hardly anyone could afford it. And that although everything went haywire in the alchemists’ kitchens. But it seems that the magicians were often blinkered – especially in their search for the philosopher’s stone, which was supposed to turn metal into gold.
Alas, that formula has not been discovered yet. But our partner Braskem has come up with an even better one, which cannot be compared to gold. Turning sugarcane into plastic is no ordinary idea, but here it is. Its name: Green PE. Its characteristics: robust, recyclable, and a trend-setter in terms of sustainability at every stage of its life-cycle.
If there is one thing that sugarcane is extremely good at, it is capturing CO2 from the air. The plant is better at this than almost any other. And once it has been turned into plastic, the CO2 can no longer escape.
But there is even more to it, as energy efficiency plays a major role in this transformation: the fibrous part of the sugarcane, which is called bagasse, is an excellent biofuel and provides us with the precious green electricity that enables us to keep things running.
Scientists have measured the performance of this plastic:
on average, each kilogram equates to a 2.15 kg reduction of CO2 in the atmosphere1 - as long as you do one more thing.
We need your help. But don’t worry, we are not asking you to do anything difficult: simply throw the Green PE into the plastic recycling – that’s if you want to get rid of it, of course.
It is impressive how we are able to come full circle:
Sugarcane captures CO2 from the atmosphere, plastic retains it. And when the time comes, it can be recycled, meaning that the CO2 stays where it belongs. You see, this product means something. And what better fit is there for a sustainable product than sustainable packaging?
In any case, our supplements get the home that they have always wanted. Some of them have moved in already, and by early 2016, we will have adapted our whole range. The eco-bottle will fulfil its destiny, and will help save over 100 tons of CO2 each year.
Environmental responsibility is a matter of course at Biogena.
With the innovative eco-bottle, Biogena has set a new standard in environmental management.