Accordingly with European Bioplastics Association definition, plastics produced from renewable sources and/or biodegradable plastics are classified as biopolymers (or as bioplastics). The raw material used for Nomacorc Green Line is made from sugarcane ethanol and is considered a biopolymer but is not biodegradable.
Learn more at: www.european-bioplastics.org
In the past standard, petrol-based plastic material was used to manufacture Nomacorc closures. In this process the oil is brought up out of the ground, it is converted to ethylene, the ethylene is polymerized to polyethylene, which was the primary component of the first generation Nomacorc closures. This is a very common and standard process to produce plastics, and for our old Classic+ closure resulted in approx. 12gr of CO2 emission per closure.
In case of PlantCorc™ technology the starting material is sugarcane which is distilled into bio-ethanol, then converted into bioethylene. The same bio-ethylene can be polymerized to bio-polyethylene. The polymerization is the same process as for petrol-based material and the biopolyethylene can be used for the production of any PlantCorc™ closure. The sugarcane takes CO2 out of the environment, which results in negative, zero or very low carbon footprint, depending on the quantity of bio-polyethylene used in our products.
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No, the sugarcane plantations are not organic. About 90 % of the sugarcane plantations used in Brazilian ethanol production is concentrated in the South-Central region of Brazil, located more than 2,500 km away from the Amazon region. The expansion of areas used to plant sugarcane is governed by Sugarcane Agroecological Zoning and Braskem does not own any sugarcane plantations.
For more information please visit Braskem’s website: www.braskem.com.br
The main diseases that threaten the plants are treated using biological controls. This way, the use of pesticides on sugarcane plantations in Brazil is low and the use of fungicides is practically nonexistent. Moreover, due to the polymerization process explained above the bio-polyethylene does not contain any pesticide residues.
No, genetically modified sugarcane is not sold in Brazil. This material is derived from regular sugar cane plants in Brazil and will not have an influence on the price and availability of sugar coming from Brazil. Today Brazil has 330 million hectares of arable land and only 1.4 % of all arable land is dedicated to ethanol production. Furthermore, the cultivation of sugarcane is used in Brazil specifically on land that has been too depleted in nutrients to grow other food. The growth of sugarcane and plowing of the detritus back into the ground helps the land to recover. The sugarcane growers thus move their crops from plot to plot to rehabilitate depleted farmland.
Some wineries do not like the appearance of synthetic closures and fear that anything but a naturallooking cork will be a concern with their consumers, especially in more premium wines. The cosmetics package for Select Green addresses this by creating a Nomacorc closure that looks even more like a natural cork than ever. This includes the natural cork's distinct wood-grain markings, premium end treatment with embossing and a soft-touch skin and tactile feel of bark-based closures.
Spoilage of the wine caused by closure-related wine faults like cork taint creates a lot of wasted carbon emissions and therefore is not sustainable. Select Green is taint-free and comes with different oxygen ingress levels which can minimize the risk of the bottle becoming reduced or oxidized during aging. By taking into account the closure’s carbon footprint, susceptibility of spoiling wine and environmental impact of disposal, Select Green is the perfect solution that can cover all three aspects of the closure’s life cycle.
Bio, organic or biodynamic wines usually come with low or no sulfite. They are very susceptible to oxygen mismanagement, which would lead to wine spoilage either through reduction or early oxidation of the wine. Since the wines are very fragile to influences of oxygen, winemakers need consistent control on the delivery of the amount of oxygen into the bottle. Select Green provides excellent performance both on the consistency of the oxygen delivery and on the right level of oxygen which needs to be available to the wine.