Like other examples of bioplastic products I already introduced, Vibers is made of natural plant – elephant grass. I’ve never heard about the grass before but am happy to come to know what it is like. Since elephant grass absorbs CO2, it’s suitable for use in sustainable materials.
Bioplastic from Elephant Grass
Have you ever heard about elephant grass? I haven’t, but we’d better understand what elephant grass is like, to understand Vibers bioplastic which is made of the grass.
We can consider potato plastic and coffee plastic (that I wrote articles about) being based on plant (sort of). But Vibers feels more like plant-based plastic than others.
According to Vibers team, elephant grass absorbs about 30 tons of CO2 per hectare per year – four times more than a European forest. The grass is low moisture (immediately ready for processing) and needs no fertilizers. So it’s good news that the company grows elephant grass on marginal land without using chemical process.
To make bio polymers, bio concrete, papers and cardboard, the Vibers team develops fibers from elephant grass. Yes, the grass even can be concrete or paper as well as plastic. Since this article is more focusing on searching for examples of bioplastic products, I summarize only Vibers bioplastic as below.
- Biodegradable plastic from elephant grass
- Low ecological footprint, natural look & feel
- Can be processed on injection molding, extrusion & thermoforming machines without hardware changes
Processible example of bioplastic
I heard some bioplastics are not easy for processing. Therefore, it’s very nice that Vibers doesn’t need hardware changes to be processed. If we have to change machine to form a new material, it wouldn’t be acceptable for many small manufacturers.
We can find more and more examples of bioplastic products these days. So it’s also important to make them sustainable longer with higher processibility.
You can see the images of products made from Vibers bioplastic. I especially like the natural look and feel of flowerpots – check the photos on Growfun where Vibers sells their products.
Today’s post is a bit shorter than average but it’s been more than two weeks since I’ve written blog articles! I’m happy to be back and want to keep it at least more than once in a week. Please encourage me to do so by leaving comments and share your thoughts.
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