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Friday, May 5, 2017

VTT creates bottles out of plants

VTT creates bottles out of plants

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a method for the production of furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from plant sugars.

FDCA can be used to produce items such as drinking bottles, paints and industrial resins. According to VTT, the method is “environmentally sound and economical”.

At the moment, the main ingredient in the production of drinking bottles is oil-based PET, although in the past few years renewable alternatives have been developed. VTT’s new method provides another route for the packaging and beverage industries to expand the use of renewable materials.

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