BioBTX: Solution to the plastic waste and fossil resources problem
BioBTX transforms non-food biomass and plastic waste into sustainable BTX. BTX are vital components needed to create high performance materials, such as new plastics. Because of sustainable BTX plastics become part of a circular economy and plastics production can liberate itself from fossil resources.
With BioBTX as the new norm, the future looks bright and free of waste, with low CO2 emissions and an independence from fossil resources.
Problems create opportunities for those who dare to imagine solutions
BTX is a combination of benzene, toluene and xylene, which are important building blocks for a myriad of widely used products. Its uses range from plastics for packaging materials to specialty chemicals and advanced plastics, such as highly sustainable and strong fibre.
Traditional BioBTX is made from fossil resources, such as petroleum. This is unsustainable, as fossil resources are non-renewable raw materials and the chemical processes to create BTX from fossil resources emit a great amount of CO2.
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 BTX are produced, largely used in the plastic industry. The world cannot continue to support this demand from fossil sources, and that’s why BioBTX is so important and will continue becoming more important in the future. Furthermore, since BTX is a side product of fuel production and electric-based transportation is on the rise, the supplies of BTX from oil will decrease while demand continues to increase.
At BioBTX we turn the plastic problem into a plastic opportunity.
BioBTX strives towards a sustainable future, free of plastics waste. Currently only 9 percent of produced plastics is being recycled globally. The BioBTX technology will play a major role in changing this.
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.
The process of turning biomass and end-of-life plastics into BTX emits less CO2 than turning raw fossil resources into BTX, 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. By using plastic waste BioBTX reduces CO2 emissions by avoiding incinerations.
Unlike traditional BTX, BioBTX is made from rest materials (sustainable feedstock 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 some examples of the 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.
As the demand for BTX continues to grow and the supplies of fossil resources continues to dwindle, more initiatives have started to turn to create sustainable BTX. Furthermore, 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 eco-friendly BTX as effectively and efficiently as possible. This way we can provide our product at the most competitive price possible.
Sustainable BTX has significant advantages over BTX made from fossil resources. Waste and biomass have great potential, and let these be our most important resources.