Though often labeled as "the problem," plastic packaging has the potential to become the solution with estimates suggesting that switching plastic out for alternatives, such as aluminium and glass, could result in a 2.7 fold increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Establishing a circular economy, in which plastics are efficiently recycled and reused, is essential but so too is the development of new, sustainable feedstocks and high performance materials.
Step forward isosorbide. Perfectly safe and produced from an annually renewable feedstock isosorbide has exciting potential for a range of packaging applications.
Isosorbide is a plant-based, sustainable monomer with a low carbon footprint and significant potential for a wide range of applications. Substituting isosorbide for existing petrochemical ingredients not only lightens the environmental impact of industrial polymers, it also drives up performance.
New types of aerosol packaging, touch screens with enhanced clarity and scratch resistance, better adhesives with improved UV and impact resistance. These are just some of the products that isosorbide is already beginning to deliver as polymer chemists and formulators learn exactly what it can do.