PHOTANOL & RENOLIT – FOSSIL-FREE POLYMERS FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
We all know that we need to restore balance on our planet and change the way we use our resources. Years and years of using fossil fuels and emitting CO2 into the atmosphere has started taking its toll on our climate. The temperature is rising, the polar caps are melting and the number of natural disasters increases every year. And although voices are becoming louder and more and more people are campaigning for the future of our planet – frighteningly little is still happening. For the future of our planet, we need start working on sustainable solutions – not tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, but now!
And this is precisely what we are doing together with our partner Photanol. Our joint vision is to manufacture chemical commodities by only using CO2 and sunlight and therefore creating a completely closed-loop system. We have combined our untiring passion and unbridled will to make this new future possible.
A FOSSIL-FREE DROP-IN SOLUTION
The crux of the matter: classic bioplastics have significant performance challenges and/or do not decompose (entirely) after use. This is why we have set out to provide our healthcare customers with a fully circular packaging solution for healthcare products that can be burned at the end of the life cycle without increasing the air’s CO2 content. We can only achieve this goal if the film’s polymers are made of carbon that is made from a renewable carbon source. Only by absorbing the carbon from the air, converting it into monomers, and then polymerising it in drop-in solutions can we make a long-term contribution to curbing global warming.
TWO FOR A CONSISTENT IMPLEMENTATION
For the consistent implementation of this innovative idea, we work hand in hand as partners. At RENOLIT, for example, we are actively involved in the development of a high-performance and cost-efficient photobioreactor, which will be a crucial element in the scale-up of this technology.
We are relying on many years of knowledge and expertise from our various market units.
A PARTNERSHIP FOR ALL CUSTOMERS
The partnership brings a long series of benefits to our healthcare customers and patients, including fully sustainable raw materials, a better quality of medical devices due to higher degree of purity of the raw materials, and a secured supply chain.
We are currently in the process of making our current solution scalable. The goal is that non-fossil carbon-based ethylene and propylene monomers can be offered to a wide array of users at a competitive price – a big step towards a more liveable future.
Because we believe in changing the world together!