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How sugar can become a swimsuit
In photosynthesis, plants use the sun’s energy to transform carbon dioxide and water into sugar compounds. This is how the polysaccharide cellulose is produced, for example. As the main component in plant cell walls, cellulose is the largest organic raw material source on Earth.
And yet obtaining sugar components from cellulose for use as raw materials involves costly processes. This is why BASF is testing a multiple-step method with the American company Renmatix Inc. to break down the cellulose from inedible biomass into various industrial sugars. These can serve as important feedstock for many basic and intermediate chemical products – for example, for the intermediate 1,4-butanediol.
Following a method of the American company Genomatica Inc., BASF produced the first commercial volumes of butanediol from renewable resources. 1,4-butanediol is already used as a raw material for many of the everyday products we use today – such as plastics for skateboard wheels and elastic fibers for textiles. This means even a swimsuit could be based on renewable raw materials in the future.
Eco-efficiency can be learned
Workshops, e-learning and touring a production plant are all on the agenda for the Eco-Efficiency Program participants at BASF Mexicana. In cooperation with the Mexican Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), this program teaches BASF’s suppliers and customers how to save energy and resources in their operations. Training that pays off – for the participants’ ideas have prevented around 70,300 metric tons of carbon emissions since the program began in 2008.
Sustainability standards in the supply chain
BASF is a founding member of the “Together for Sustainability” initiative, in which leading chemical companies have joined forces to support sustainability in the supply chain and standardize supplier assessment methods.
More on our cooperation with suppliers