Consumption and climate

While electricity generation and personal transportation often have the spotlight in global warming discussions, one estimate puts freight emissions of consumer goods at 30 percent of transportation emissions. We see great urgency for every industry to start lessening their emissions at all stages of production. And we know that customers want that too.

 

 
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Less fossil now

Fossil fuels are needed for plastic production at several stages. Most artificial polymers are made from petroleum, natural gas, or coal derivatives. The raw materials may be synthesized at different locations and shipped through plants in Asia, through distributors in Europe, to a manufacturer elsewhere that will ship to a retailer. We see the doom of fossil fuel industries on the horizon and a need for developing closer feedstock economies. Moving production closer to home, reducing shipping stages, and decreasing reliance on fossil ingredients are important steps that all manufacturers should take immediately.

 

 
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Lighter is better

Products that use lighter ingredients in their material mix realize fuel and energy savings at several stages of production. Many product lines marketed as sustainable or CO2-smart choices see the weight of their products as an important step in reducing the overall carbon footprint. Our biocomposites offer a way to reduce weight. The high quality of our biocomposite alternatives also means that end products are sturdier, ideally meaning fewer consumption cycles.

 

 
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Sequestration

Encouraging the industrial, large-scale cultivation of some plants is an important way we can reduce emissions through a phenomenon called carbon sequestration. Certain plants - like bast-fiber plants used in our biocomposites - are especially good at storing carbon as they grow. We see the use of these plants in production processes as an important economic driver to their cultivation. And supporting, for example, hemp farming leads to more material and product innovation down the road.