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Dupont and ADM to Produce BioPlastics for Soft Drinks Bottles

ADM and DuPont launched a pilot project to produce recyclable bio-based FDME (furan dicarboxylic methyl ester), a polymer that could replace fossil-fuel plastics in the future.

Soft drinks bottles need to be thicker than water bottles to avoid carbonation loss. Dupont is developing a FDME-based polymers under development called “PTF”. PTF should help companies reduce plastic in soda bottles by 25%.  PTF seems to have 10 to 15 times better CO2 barrier performance than traditional plastic. “We think this will shrink the amount of petroleum and plastic going into that soda bottle,” says Greg Webb, vice president of government relations at ADM.

Other Facts:

  • More than 10 % of the oil is used to  produce plastic products for human use.
  • The pilot project will produce 60 tons of FDME a year,
  • PTF will be made from corn fructose
  • The first commercial plant will probably be 500 to 1,000 times bigger than the pilot project
  • This may have a positive impact for corn producers
  • Two pounds of fructose are needed to produce one pound of FDME.

U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis, R-IL, attended the ribbon-cutting in Decatur, delivering remarks and touring the facility.

“Illinois has always been a hub of agricultural innovation and scientific discovery, and both DuPont and ADM have been an important part of the fabric of our local farming communities. This facility is a testament to the vitality and vibrancy of my district’s workforce and the critical importance of manufacturing in and revitalizing our rural communities.”