Neschen Announces New Sugar-Cane Based Book Protection Film


Neschen’s new book protection film Filmolux libre organic consists of polyethylene made of more than 90 percent renewable content. Filmolux libre organic conforms to REACH and is, therefore, APEO- and BPA-free. The adhesive and film are free of plasticisers.

Filmolux libre organic is made of bio-based polyethylene from sugarcane, a renewable raw material. Sugarcane is a versatile and renewable crop that can be used as a clean source of energy and as a raw material for the production of multiple products. Being a renewable feedstock, sugarcane captures and fixes CO2 from the atmosphere every growth cycle, which occurs annually. Green polyethylene contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions when compared to conventional polyethylene, made from fossil materials. Additionally, it exhibits the same characteristics in application and performance as petrochemical polyethylene.

Benefits of sugarcane:

– It is a versatile and sustainable crop that is used as a clean energy source and as raw material.
– The sugarcane comes from sugarcane mills in Brazil, which only grants operating licences in state-defined areas, more than 2500km away from the Amazon.
– Sugarcane cultivation in Brazil is rarely irrigated because the water demand during the agricultural growth phase can be almost completely covered by natural rainfall.
– Each ton of the produced polyethylene captures CO2 and binds it, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

When it is fully grown, the sugarcane is harvested. It is then taken to the mills for further processing. The juice of the first pressing is mostly used for the production of sugar. The subsequent pressing extracts the residual sugar to produce ethanol. Ethanol is used as biofuel or as the main component for the bio-based plastic (I’m green™ plastic). The remaining waste fibres (called bagasse) are used to drive the mill, using the heat of the steam for the generation of electricity.

This process makes the sugarcane very resourceful. The ashes, together with the waste residue, called vinasse, can then be reused as fertiliser. Vinasse is rich in organic nutrients and water. This organic fertilisation on the sugarcane fields reduces the need for chemical fertilisers and thus contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The bioethanol is dehydrated to produce ethylene, which is then polymerised as plastic resin. This is the plastic that is used for the production of the book protection film filmolux libre organic.

The new book protection film is easy to apply due to reduced initial adhesion of the adhesive. Small filming errors can be corrected well on smooth surfaces. The printed grid on the silicone liner allows for easy cutting. With sustainability being so high on the agenda, Neschen is content to now offer a film that is one hundred percent recyclable and climate neutral.

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