The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) plans to use
renewable, sustainable, sugarcane-derived plastic on selected packaging for its
Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl and Max Factor brands.
Sugarcane-derived plastic is unlike traditional plastic,
which is made from non-renewable petroleum. The new material is made in a
process that transforms sugarcane into high-density polyethylene plastic, a
substance commonly used for product packaging. P&G says the substance is
100-percent recyclable in existing municipal recycling facilities.
P&G will source the sugarcane-derived plastic from
Braskem SA, a company that manufactures the material using ethanol made from
sustainably grown Brazilian sugarcane. The pilot will be rolled out globally
over the next two years. The first products are expected to hit the shelves
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Engineers at the University of San Diego’s Jacobs School of Engineering have designed biobatteries on commercial tattoo paper, with an anode and cathode screen-printed on and modified to harvest energy from lactate in a person’s sweat.
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