EarthBi is a bioplastic developed and patented in Italy that wants to contribute to the reduction of the environmental plastic pollution
A bioplastic produced using biomass as raw materials deriving from production waste of natural origin, which can be disposed of through the normal composting processes and it is biodegradable. The project is called EarthBi. It is a bioplastic, which also involves blockchain technology and was developed by an Italian company (a team of professionals engaged in a project that tackles the problem starting from production). Let’s see what it is.
blockchain to ensure traceability
EarthBi is realized through production processes that also use blockchain technology to “guarantee transparency on the technical characteristics of the product and traceability” explained the founders of the EarthBi project, promoted by Valore Holding Group, aimed at “reducing environmental plastic pollution”. Blockchain technology makes it possible to trace every lot of the product and to let the customers and consumers know the quantity, origin and destination. “From the first bioplastic production line in Italy, located in Pomezia (Rome) – the company tells us – in the upcoming months we will move on to the development of plants in Slovenia and Malta, for a total final capacity of about 60,000 tons per year” .
A new plastic material
EarthBi is a new biobased and biodegradable plastic material, produced using biomass raw materials from natural production waste as raw materials and can be disposed of through normal composting processes. The basic element is polylactic acid (Pla), which is a biodegradable plastic produced today from cane sugar or glucose.
Thanks to a patent, developed in collaboration “with Italian scientists and universities”, the new polymer “adapts to different production processes, even the most complex”, and “can be used in plants dedicated to the processing of traditional plastic without changing the production lines . “
According to a study on Eurostat data, Italy is among the largest exporters of non-recycled plastic waste, ranking 11th in the world. In 2018, it sent over 197 thousand tons of plastic across the border, which, if not properly disposed of, ends up polluting the seas, rivers, land, and therefore also marine life and agricultural production, with a serious danger to human health through food intake. The ecologist shock that is shaking consumers and institutions is determining a new consciousness towards this problem. One of the solutions comes precisely from Italy.