NEW HEMP-BASED BIO-Plastic materials Such As This TRANSLUCENT Edition NOW COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE Globally
Staff author Michael Murphy recently fulfilled with Best Methods Product packaging Leader, Kevin Tubbs, about their role within the latest commercialization of hemp bioplastic. Best Methods is definitely the catalyst right behind a partnership of farmers, processors, chemical substance compounders, injection molders, film extruders and product packaging converters, all committed to a better environment. The sheer level of their development can make hemp based bioplastic cost aggressive the very first time in United states history. The effects are huge. This is an excerpt from that interview:______________________
- WHAT MAKES YOUR APPROACH UNIQUE?.
- Focused on the main cause, Tubbs and company have invested.
- WHY NOW?.
- Do you have an application for bioplastics? To learn more the Best Methods group embraces.
- Kevin Tubbs, President Best Practices Packaging.
Remember during olden times, (like last week) when people used to think plastic was made of fossil fuels?
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Properly, those days are apparently over, thanks to eco-product packaging programmer Kevin Tubbs, his company partner Mathew Eaton, and the forward-thinking partners of Best Practices Packaging (BPP).
Committed to the cause, Tubbs and business have invested the final 12 many years on the mission to save the planet, a single eco-pleasant package at a time.
The newest improvement moving from BPP carries by using it, earth-changing implications. They want us all to visualize a planet in which fossil energy-dependent plastics have already been substituted with affordable biopolymers from herb components like hemp, some even engineered to compost at the end of their lifecycle.
From BPP carries by using it earth-changing
While I am in love with this concept, it may take some education of the market before bioplastic is fully accepted. Individually, once i visualize plastic packaging, I still see an oceanic gyre of put containers the dimensions of Kentucky in my thoughts.
As I broach the topic of air pollution, it elicits more than one wince from Tubbs, who explains:
“We hope that via offering sustainable, compostable, and renewable, hemp biography-plastic material at this level, at huge discounts, our development can transform the way people look at this whole industry”.
If preliminary need is any indication, manufacturers implementing ‘Best Practices’ might certainly give Exxon Mobil a reason to tremble. Packaging companies, car producers, as well as their own rivals are contacting Kevin with expectations of using his new plastic to transform to environmentally friendly options.
“We intend to take the environmental sting out of buying plastic goods by making the plastic…good”
Intend to take the environmental sting
Kevin Tubbs, President Best Practices Packaging
It’s apparent whenever you meet Tubbs, he doesn’t just speak the talk. We caught up using the former telecom professional transformed ecological entrepreneur at his off-grid style middle on the banks of the Little Susitna River, situated in even tinier Fishhook, Alaska. Whilst he’s not lacking in technology at the “Barn”, Kevin, his family members and crew guide decidedly reduced carbon dioxide footprint lives, encompassed by really unspoiled forests about one hour northern of Anchorage.
For more than a decade, BPP continues to be centered on delivering to promote eco-pleasant product packaging options with a single consistent theme: Regard for the planet.
Industrialists have known for decades that hemp kept outstanding properties. In 1938, Popular Mechanics magazine touted Hemp as being the following "Billion Money Crop with over 25,000 utilizes and over 5,000 fabric utilizes alone. The plant seeds of the Hemp Plant are thought so nutritious they may be called a exceptional extremely-meals (That contains ALL 21 Proteins And Omega EFA's within the ideal proportion for Human being Health, just to title a couple!).
We had a few questions for Kevin, and his awesome solutions are in italics listed below.
Kevin and his awesome solutions
SO HOW DID THIS BREAKTHROUGH COME ABOUT?
“Synergy; We are catalysts in this venture. One of our partners is arguably the largest producer of nutritional hemp products in North America. Another is one of the largest flexible packaging companies in the USA, capable of co-packing slightly over a billion units a year. Together, we started co-packing a range of superfoods, hemp nutritional products such as high protein powder, hemp hearts, and hemp oil, as well as snacks like toasted hemp seeds. In ramping up for the project, I came to understand that the residual product left from making all these nutritional items is an unusual form of biomass. While normally, it’s sold as cattle feed for its high protein value, with some testing I discovered that once through our unique treatment process, it also happens to be a superb feedstock for making a range of masterbatch bioplastics. Initially, my goal was simply to make enough hemp plastic so that we could wrap all of our nutritional products in ultra-green hemp containers. The response was such a wealth of wide open arms, that we started to grasp the gravity of our development. Now, we see clearly the future implications of our unique bioplastic, as we commercialize the product and open it up to a world of additional users”
WHAT MAKES YOUR APPROACH UNIQUE?
“We are not only the producers of our product; we also are primary users of it as well. This gives us an unique competitive advantage. This vertical integration is also paired with new technology that has never previously been applied to this medium.”
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WHAT KINDS OF PLASTIC ARE YOU PRODUCING?
“It’s endless, we can produce virtually whatever the market demands. To start things off, we made a Hemp Polypropylene, followed by a hemp-based Poly Lactic Acid for 3D printing machines and myriad other uses. There appears to be nearly no limitation on the kinds of plastic we can make with hemp, adding characteristics like extra strength, flexibility and opacity. Anything you need, we can put into the manufacture of this product. Our current capacity well exceeds 50 million lbs. of hemp bioplastics Per harvest and we expect to nearly double that next year.
WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO THIS?
WHAT DRIVES YOU TO
“I am forever thankful for being able to live here in Alaska, and work abroad. It’s a pristine place where you can hike for hundreds of miles without seeing any trace of man. I think most people WANT to be eco-conscious but today, it’s not so easy. We intend to take the environmental sting out of buying plastic goods by making the plastic… good”
Considering himself more innovator than inventor, Kevin recognizes he’s been walking within the footsteps of famed industrialist Henry Ford.
Kevin recognizes he s been walking within
Tubbs described to me that just like Ford and his awesome crew, the Best Practices group is working on bioplastic because necessity is the mother of invention. The issue for Tubbs is ecology focused, making certain he makes their own contribution to protecting the environment. Ford developed conversion from steel body panels’ to hemp plastic throughout wartime (metals had been rationed at the time and desperately needed for our nations defense effort).
Recognized for passing a hammer to admirers of his hemp cars, and letting them take a whack to see if they could strike a quarter board hard enough to harm it. Ford is quoted: “My hemp entire body sections can’t be beat”
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“It turns out that ol’ Henry was right”, says Kevin. “Hemp is absolutely ideal for making a wide range of renewable, compostable bioplastics and can be engineered to offer nearly any attribute commonly found in a raw fossil-based polymer.”
“At BPP, we have both feet firmly planted in the convergence of new technology and recently lifted governmental restrictions on hemp” explains Kevin. He went further saying, “Without these simultaneous events, BPP would not be able to do this at a scale allowing competitive end pricing”
OTHERS FAILED, HOW’D YOU DO IT?
FAILED HOW D YOU DO IT
“Unlike our predecessors, our packaging partners go through football fields worth of plastic each year. It’s easier for us to occupy this segment because this in-house volume can capitalize R and D, shouldering the cost while we convert our clients from fossil-based plastic to these amazing renewables. Certainly, we are leveraging space age technology and pairing it with some proven ideas from the past” says Kevin.
While small amounts of hemp plastic have been made in Asia and Europe where restrictions were jettisoned years ago, Tubbs’ proprietary method used here in North America is unique. Furthermore, the sheer volume of his endeavor has brought the end-user cost down, low enough for even the biggest plastic buyers to take note. Best Practices is working with a group of the largest hemp producers in North America and unlike crude oil, the supply is price stable and never ending, which opens the door to fortune 500-sized users for the first time.
WHAT CHALLENGES DID YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME?
CHALLENGES DID YOU HAVE TO OVERCOME
“Since the 1937 “Marihuana Prohibition Act” everyone’s barrier to entry has remained DuPont’s propaganda and the confusing of two plants, resulting in the misguided over-regulation that killed the hemp industry. As people came to their senses, and regulations started to relax, it was then the economic hurdle of small supply=high cost that stood in the way. Thanks to our alliance with the progressive folks in the PENTA5 family, with their dynamic plastic packaging capabilities and the growing hemp resources of our North American hemp grower partners, the time is now to release ourselves from our lethal dependence on fossil fuels and embrace a whole new world of eco-friendly alternatives. Specifically, we are thankful to Charles Murray, President of PENTA5 who has been behind our efforts all the way. We certainly wouldn’t be here without the enthusiastic support of PENTA5 and partners. “
Kevin is not any shrinking violet when it comes to obtaining his message out, he is yet to see an industry that cannot be enhanced by these extremely-eco-friendly polymers. Examples of the brand new designs are obtaining on the boardroom furniture of companies globally, some with carbon dioxide footprints currently departing strong heel represents all around the world.
The Main Difference BETWEEN HEMP AND Cannabis
Main Difference BETWEEN HEMP AND Cannabis
While the two vegetation have a similarly formed leaf, for those who nevertheless confuse hemp with marijuana, the difference is stark. First, hemp is not a viable supply of THC, (the psychoactive ingredient present in pot). Actually, you can most likely smoke cigarettes a whole farm of hemp and not get high. In contrast to its hippy-valued cousin’, hemp represents an incredibly protein-wealthy, extremely fibrous and nutritious superfood. To top them back, it really is currently being tested as an effective therapeutic substance that will have an impact on a growing listing of maladies, anything from healing injuries to helpingpatients with Parkinson’s, and even epilepsy.
WHERE IS THIS ALL GOING?
“Now that quantities are available, I would like to see companies from LEGO to Lamborghini convert their fossil fuel materials to something far more earth friendly like sustainable, renewable, compostable hemp bioplastic. It’s good for the products, the consumers and our planet”
WHAT CAN YOU MAKE WITH HEMP PLASTIC?
CAN YOU MAKE WITH HEMP PLASTIC
“With hemp, we can make just about anything you can make with fossil fuel-based plastic. We are still learning our limitations (or lack thereof), so try us!”
Hemp Bioplastic Pellets and Kevin Tubbs, Leader, Very best Practices Pkg.
Do you have an application for bioplastics? To learn more the Best Methods team welcomes your inquiries. hemp
By Michael Murphy November 12, 2017
- WHAT DRIVES YOU TO DO THIS?.
- Hemp Bioplastic Pellets and Kevin Tubbs, Leader, Best Methods.
- WHERE IS THIS ALL GOING?.
- “With hemp, we can make just about anything you can make with fossil fuel-based plastic..