Industrial uses for crops: Markets for bioplastics


Cereals & Oilseeds
Project code:
01 January 2001 - 01 January 2001
AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds.
Project leader:
Myles Barker and Richard Safford HGCA, Caledonia House, 223 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9HY



About this project

Executive Summary

Plastics are essential and are used in coatings, construction, containers, furniture, packaging and textiles. They provide us with a means of protecting goods and chemicals, prolonging the shelf-life of foodstuffs and waterproofing to name but a few applications. However, we currently rely heavily upon fossil fuel as a feedstock and energy source for plastic manufacture. This situation is not sustainable because crude oil stocks are finite. In addition, the manufacture of fossil fuel-based plastics (petroplastics) is energy intensive and results in the emission of large quantities of greenhouse gasses (GHGs) such as carbon dioxide that contribute to global warming.