YXY Technology - Avantium
Dutch firm Avantium contributes to the bio-based economy by reusing and repurposing organic waste. Avantium's YXY technology is used to make PEF plastic out of plant-based materials such as corn, waste paper, sugar cane and agricultural waste.
Replacing fossil fuel processes
Many of the plastics that we use in our daily lives are made out of fossil fuel processes. As these petrochemical resources are finite, we must develop sustainable alternatives that are based on less-toxic materials.
The basic philosophy behind YXY technology is to develop products from renewable sources that compete on price and performance and create a smaller environmental footprint. Research has shown that production of PEF produces up to 50-70 per cent less CO2 than standard PET. PEF can be used in range of different products that are today manufactured using regular plastics. Avantium aims to use the technology to put the first 100 per cent bio-based plastic bottle on the market. PEF has superior properties to regular plastics, because it is stronger - thereby reducing the amount of packaging material needed - it extends shelf life and it is compatible with existing waste and recycling streams. The YXY bio-based products can be applied to a wide variety of industrial plastics, including bottles, textiles, food packaging, carpets, electronic materials and automotive applications.
Sustainable Urban Delta
The inherent complexities and pressures associated with densely populated urban areas are second nature to the Dutch. Over many centuries, authorities, industries, knowledge institutes, and citizens have striven to develop integrated approaches and a holistic vision to enable sustainable development of the urban environment – the Sustainable Urban Delta.