August 26, 2013 – Vol.18 No.24
CLEANEST TRANSPORTATION CLEANER WITH BIOPLASTICS.
by Bruce Mulliken, Green Energy News
Here's the quiz for the day.
Which form of transportation has the lowest carbon footprint?
Which form of mechanized transportation has the lowest carbon footprint?
Bicycling while carrying a child in a carrier? (A two for one-peddler ride!)
Wrong, but close. It's bicycling while carrying a child in a carrier made of bioplastic.
That bioplastic carrier cuts down on global warming gases. Really. It does.
The carbon in bioplastics comes from carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Provided the product made of bioplastic doesn't decay and release its carbon content as CO2, the atmospheric carbon stays locked away, sequestered if you will. (It's best to keep durable bioplastic products in service as long as possible, then recycled. Keep that carbon locked up! Keep it from warming the planet!)
Sure there can be carbon inputs in making bioplastics, like the energy used in production. And sure a blend of plastic made from bioplastic and conventional petro-plastic can have some carbon-from-petroleum in it, but generally speaking bioplastics have a significantly lower carbon footprint than their conventional counterparts.
That bioplastic child bicycle carrier isn't just a trick in a question. It's a real product, in fact two.
MammaCangura by Bellelli, a world leader in the design and manufacture of child bicycle carriers and trailers, is launching a line of child bicycle carriers made from a bioplastic hybrid supplied by Cereplast.
One of the carriers, the FRECCIA ECO, is front-mounted and MR FOX ECO, mounts over the rear wheel. Both carriers are lightweight, durable and washable with all kinds of safety features to protect the child.
The bioplastic used is Cereplast's Biopropylene 101. The company says this about its carbon footprint:
"A third party lifecycle assessment (LCA) of Cereplast Biopropylene 101determined that this grade of bioplastic resin is superior to all conventional plastics evaluated in terms of overall environmental impact. The LCA compared Cereplast Biopropylene 101 bioplastic to four different conventional plastics including Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) and Polypropylene (PP), and provided a rating for each product’s cumulative environmental impact including climate change, ozone layer depletion, and ecotoxicity.
"The reduction in Global Warming Potential for Biopropylene 101 compared to conventional Polypropylene (PP) is 32 percent. When you replace 1,000,000 pounds of conventional PP with Biopropylene 101, the environmental impact reduction is 800,000 pounds of CO2 eq., which is equivalent to driving 732,800 miles in an average passenger vehicle, or driving around the world more than twenty-nine times. If 0.1 percent of the global demand for PP was replaced with Biopropylene 101, that’s the same as removing 5,100 cars from America’s roads or planting 1,200,000 trees, which would save millions of pounds of carbon dioxide a year."
But it's just a child bicycle carrier. That can't have much impact on the saving the planet.
Wrong! Imagine if more products were made from Biopropylene 101!
Initially, both carriers will be available from MammaCangura North America at brick and mortar retailers in Canada and will be available online everywhere.
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