TRANSFORMING PLANTS INTO PRODUCTS™
Plastics are made with various polymers derived from petroleum and natural gas. They are often reinforced with glass fiber and mineral-based fillers. That means children’s toys, medical devices, automotive parts, plastic bottles, and countless other products have their origin in offshore oil rigs, transport tankers, petroleum refineries and mines. This puts us all at risk of environmental disasters and exposure to toxic chemicals. The manufacturing of plastics requires extraordinary energy usage and water consumption. Because petroleum-based plastics do not biodegrade they fill our landfills and litter our environment.
INCA Renewtech’s line of BioPlastics make it possible to replace glass fiber with natural hemp fiber as a polymer reinforcement. This reduces the weight and increases the strength of final products, and makes them far more easy to recycle.
When combined with starch-based polymers such as PHA or PLA, final products are biodegradable and even biocompostable. Unlike refining petroleum, the cultivation of hemp sequesters CO2 rather than generating it, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and global warming.
The Company sources its fiber from the Canadian Prairies where hemp is sustainably grown for protein. This puts the biomass to productive use and provides farmers with an additional revenue stream. Using a proprietary process, INCA refines the fiber into precise geometries, and then blends it with various polymers and additives. The manufacturing process results in significant reductions in carbon emissions, water consumption and waste versus traditional plastics. The resulting pellets can be processed on our customers’ injection, compression, or extrusion molding machines without modification.
Lowers Ocean Plastic Pollution
Hemp-Based Biocomposites Said to Slash Carbon Emissions, Offer Sustainable Alternative to Glass Fiber
A pair of serial entrepreneurs, together with their small team of materials and agricultural experts, have developed natural fiber composites that they say boost resin and finished-product performance while offering vastly superior environmental properties to current alternatives.
David Saltman and Gary …