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
A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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