Open-eyed idealism

The ways we currently make, use, reuse, and discard plastics are unsustainable. But many of the products they make improve our lives and livelihoods in ways that fit into an idea of sustainable society. Our mission is to recognize the importance of plastics in our lives and make their production, use, and reuse more sustainable immediately. Towards that end our biocomposites introduce a plant-based feedstock into current production cycles. That step can happen now. Read here about the sustainability concerns that motivate us and how we see our products as a solution.

 

 
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The dirty word

"Plastic" can conjure endocrine disruptors, carcinogens, sealife-choking waste, chemical microparticles, beach and forest litter. Even a mobile phone or child's toy may have production roots in offshore oil rigs and mega-freighters, hydraulic fracturing, industrial refineries, or coal mines. Many ways our society currently uses and discards the large family of materials called polymers are unacceptable and need to change. We believe there needs to be more attention to the chemicals we involve in our lives and transparency in the industrial and commercial processes that bring plastics into our homes, jobs, and schools.

 

This isn’t a problem where we don’t know what the solution is.
— Ted Siegler, Resource Economist for Environmental Services Inc.

 
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Plastic fantastic

Ironically, after they were developed in the 19th century, artificial polymers were praised for their potential to move manufacturing away from exploitation of natural resources, especially animal livestocks. Over the last half century material sciences have helped revolutionize healthcare, information technology, food production, water treatment, electricity, and transportation. Plastics have undoubtedly improved living standards around the world. We would be hard pressed to replace artificial polymers, which are sturdy, malleable, light, and cheap. And it's even harder to sacrifice the applications that have improved our lives. In fact, it is undesirable from a sustainability standpoint.