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    The BioBTX solution

    Turning biomass and plastic waste into BTX.

    The plastic problem

    The way we currently use and produce plastic is unsustainable: Our landfills are overflowing, CO2 emissions are skyrocketing and our supplies of fossil resources are dwindling.

    Turning the plastic problem into a plastic opportunity

    A viable competitive business model by means of using waste instead of fossil resources to create BTX.



    The future of BTX

    The future of BTX is biobased and circular

    BioBTX creates sustainable BTX from non-food biomass and plastic waste. BTX are vital components needed to create high performance materials, such as new plastics. As a result of sustainable BTX, plastics can become part of a circular economy. In addition, plastics production can liberate itself from fossil resources.

    With BioBTX as the new norm, the future looks bright. Our goals are less waste, reduced CO2 emissions and an indepence from fossil resources.

    Problems create opportunities for those who dare to imagine solutions.

    All the benefits of regular BTX, but created with biomass or plastic waste instead of fossil resources

    BTX are vital for modern society

    BTX are a combination of benzene, toluene and xylene. These are important building blocks for a myriad of widely used products. For instance, their uses range from plastics for packaging materials to specialty chemicals and advanced plastics, such as highly sustainable and strong fibre.

    Traditional BTX are made from fossil resources, such as petroleum. However, this practice is unsustainable, as fossil resources are non-renewable raw materials and the processes to create chemicals from fossil resources emit a great amount of CO2.

    Growing market for BTX

    Despite the need to reduce the use of fossil resources, the market for BTX continues to grow. This is due to increased welfare and population, resulting in additional demand for plastics. Yearly over a hundred million metric tonnes of Benzene, Toluene and Xylene are produced. The world cannot continue to support this demand as long as BTX are created with fossil sources. This is why a sustainable alternative is so important, and will become more important in the future.

    Towards a waste free future

    BioBTX strives towards a sustainable future, free of plastics waste. Currently only 9 percent of produced plastics is being recycled globally. Our technology will play a major role in changing this.

    Graph describing plastic recycling; why BioBTX as BTX is required to combat plastic waste

    With our technology we have proven that all plastics, even layered plastics, RDF plastics, difficult to separate plastics, mixtures and composites can be recycled. Plastic never needs to create waste, and BioBTX is here to prove it.

    Reduction of CO2

    The process of turning biomass and end-of-life plastics into BTX emits less CO2 than doing so using fossil resources, because it is based on sustainable materials and waste materials. Using biomass to create BTX is a process that even removes a certain amount of CO2 out of the atmosphere.

    Infographic depicting why BioBTX emits fewer CO2 emissions than traditional BTX

    Trash into treasure

    Unlike traditional BTX, our BTX are made from rest materials (non-food biomass and plastic waste), thus replacing fossil resources. The biomass and plastics we use are considered waste in most people’s eyes: crude glycerin, plastic waste and the shells of cocoa beans are examples of materials we use to create BTX. Currently these waste products are incinerated, landfilled or used in low value applications. We, however, like to give this “waste” the chance to shine in a second life as a resource for the production of high-performance materials.

    Infographic to depict what materials can be made from BTX / BioBTX from biomass

    The inevitable demand for sustainable BTX

    As the demand for BTX continues to grow and the supplies of fossil resources continue to dwindle, more parties have started to turn to sustainable alternatives. In addition, more and more companies are actively striving to become more sustainable and circular.

    The fight for climate change is one we have to fight together, and BioBTX can be a great asset in that fight. Our current goal is to perfect our technology so we can produce our product as effectively and efficiently as possible. Hence we can provide our product at the most competitive price possible.

    Sustainable BTX have significant advantages over BTX made from fossil resources. Waste and biomass have great potential, and let these be our most important resources.