Volume 95 Issue 22 | p. 14 | Concentrates
Issue Date: May 29, 2017

New bottle plastic is okay in Europe

Department: Business
Keywords: biobased chemicals, polyethylene terephthalate, polyethylenefuranoate
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Synvina plans a 50,000-metric-ton-per-year plant to make furandicarboxylic acid for beverage bottles.
Credit: Synvina
A photo of empty plastic beverage bottles.
 
Synvina plans a 50,000-metric-ton-per-year plant to make furandicarboxylic acid for beverage bottles.
Credit: Synvina

A European polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle industry group has given interim approval to bottles made out of polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a polymer being developed by Synvina, a joint venture of BASF and Avantium. Whereas PET is made with purified terephthalic acid, a petrochemical, PEF is made with furandicarboxylic acid, which is derived from renewable resources. The industry group concluded that PEF bottles can be recycled alongside PET bottles.

 
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