Eco Jumps - What are they made of? | Matrix Polymers
Our PolyJumps Eco Jumps range are made from bio-resin – but what does that mean?
We asked Dr Sara Cammarano, Technical Manager at Matrix Polymers Ltd who supply our bio resin to answer some key questions.
What are the advantages of using bio resin compared to standard plastic?
Direct use of renewable materials, in this case sugarcane.
• Green Content level certified by an independent laboratory.
• Comparable and in some cases improved material performance to fossil-derived polymer.
• Green PE contributes to carbon capture rather than carbon emission.
• Reduction in the reliance of fossil fuelled derived polymers.
• Lower Carbon Footprint.
• Energy savings during the polymerisation process
Biopolymers can offer a saving of 12-40GJ/MT energy and 0.8-3.2 tonnes of CO2 per metric tonne when compared with their more traditional fossil-fuel derived counterpart.
How is it made?
The polymer bio-content is sugar cane. This is fermented and distilled to form ethanol which is then used to create ethylene which is the building block for the formation of polyethylene.
Is the plant used sustainable?
The bio content is sourced from sugarcane plantations and the sugarcane production is regulated and adheres to local and international standards of sustainability. This means that plantations are prohibited from expanding into areas which would negatively impact biodiversity (forests and animals) and from taking away arable land for farming therefore does not impact on food security and availability.
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