Borealis (Vienna, Austria) and Trexel (Wilmington, Massachusetts) have developed a new polypropylene (PP) bottle that combines renewable raw materials with microcellular foaming injection molding to achieve a “significantly lower overall CO2 footprint” than alternatives. The new bottle is reusable and fully recyclable, says Borealis, which will present the product in October at the K 2022 trade show in Düsseldorf, Germany.
“This project is an excellent example of how we are working with industry partners to solve the problem of plastic waste while delivering real value to our customers,” says Peter Voortmans, global commercial director/consumer products at Borealis. “Combining our polymers and recycling expertise with Trexel’s material processing know-how enables us to reinvent essentials for sustainable living.”
The bottle consists entirely of PP from Borealis’s Bornewables portfolio, a collection of polyolefins made from renewable feedstocks derived from waste and residue streams such as used cooking oil. The bottle is manufactured using Trexel’s proprietary MuCell technology, a physical foaming process that enables reduced density, improved mechanical properties, attractive surface aesthetics and a larger processing window, says Borealis.
“As a material solution, the new bottle minimizes the use of valuable raw materials,” says Borealis. “Moreover, converters consume less energy in the production process when using the MuCell technology. The bottle thus helps close the loop on plastics circularity by way of design for recycling, the use of renewable feedstocks and excellent material performance across multiple life cycles.”
In June, Borealis announced multiple agreements to supply Bornewables PP and polyethylene resins for packaging and pipeline products.
By Clay Boswell
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?