Can Renewable Resources Replace Plastics in a Sustainable Society?
January 26 @ 6:00 pm
FGCU College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series Presents Dr. Robin Rogers, President and Founder of 525 Solutions, Inc.
Humanity has always relied on Nature for survival, but today oil is treated as a feedstock and used to produce chemicals to suit any purpose, from fuels and medicines to plastics. By reducing our reliance on Nature, we have forgotten our respect of Nature in the process. The world is now covered by non-biodegradable synthetic plastics which mar landscapes and threaten oceans. The ability to replace synthetic plastics with renewable biopolymers from plants and animals exists, but the consistencies of supply and economies of scale to make them competitive are not. With this mission in mind, we will explore the entire range of the “biorefinery concept,” from dissolution, conversion of plant and animal resources into value added chemicals, extraction of essential oils or vital chemicals, to isolation of pure biopolymers and production of new biomaterials from them.