KAWANISHI, Japan, March 14, 2023 PRNewswire — Petroleum-based products contribute to global warming by increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. They also contribute non-biodegradable wastes to our landfills, oceans, and other places. These problems can be addressed by intensifying research and development of biomass-based raw material and products. Researchers in a new review have identified the following: Japan Focus on bioplastics and biomaterials which can be made into environmentally-friendly chemicals and products. This will pave the way to a plastic-free future.
These words, such as “Climate Change” or “Plastic Pollution,” aren’t just words you see in news headlines anymore. These factors are actively affecting the existence of all life on Earth. Due to the increased carbon dioxide emissions, society’s dependence upon petroleum-based fuels and products has led to an increase in global warming. Plastics are another factor that disrupts ecosystems. They can stay in place for hundreds of years after being produced. Only a tiny fraction of the plastics that are produced is recycled each year. The rest end in landfills and oceans where they pollute groundwater, breathe air, choke aquatic life, and cause food poisoning.
These problems require immediate mitigation measures. Dr. Ryohei Mori The Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. team has set out to achieve the goals that he and his colleagues have set. Their Green Science Alliance initiative focuses upon the development of green technology that will lead to a carbon neutral society. A tutorial review was published on January 3, 2023 In RSC Sustainability (https://doi.org/10.1039/D2SU00014H), Dr. Mori elaborates on ways to replace all petroleum-based chemical products with biomass-based chemical products.
Dr. Mori discusses the motivation behind their mission and research.Living organisms and the surrounding environment are now contaminated not only by micro-plastics, but also by nanoplastics in the air. These problems are not the only ones I want to discuss. I also want to share and explain real technologies that could be used. Our goal is to move towards a future where environmentally-friendly products are the norm..”
The review explains in detail the various categories of petroleum-based and biomass-based biodegradable and non-biodegradable plastics, production methods, their applications, and the impact on health, the environment, and other aspects. He also discusses the synthesis of a wide variety of biomass alternatives, including wood- or stone-based thermoplastic material, biodegradable yarns for textiles, resins for molding products such as bottles, natural glues and inks, as well as the methods used to make them. In addition, he has also developed nature biomass based resin, fuel, glue, nano cellulose, natural rubber, biomass derived textile cosmetic, coated fertilizer, biomass based plasticizer, lubricant, nano cellulose, biomass based 3D printer resin, UV curable resin, biomass biodegradable cosmetic nail tips etc… All of these chemical products are made of nature biomass origin and most of them are developed and starting business in his company, Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd.
Dr. Mori explains further that “biodegradable” doesn’t necessarily mean “good.” While the degraded plastic from biomass-based products is safe enough, the plastic from petroleum plastics can pose a danger due to harmful chemical additives. This article also explains how microplastics can be introduced to the food chain. It also demonstrates how single-use plastics lead to 141 million tonnes of unrecycled plastic around the world. The article also reveals how petroleum-based plasticizers like phthalates could act as possible endocrine (hormonal?) disruptors. This article provides an in-depth view of the cost issues and shortages that are faced when replacing traditional materials with biomaterials or bioplastics.
Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. Group already has several plant-derived, biodegradable plastics, resins, coatings, and biomass products that are being used in small-scale manufacturing. Dr. Mori hopes that the results of years of research can now be scaled up to commercial production of larger-scale greener alternatives. He plans to raise capital from investors in order to increase production, manufacturing, as well as this environmentally friendly business.
“Even though it seems impossible to achieve the goal of “no more petroleum, and no more fossil fuels”, Although it’s difficult right now, we can make an effort to create a sustainable society that is less dependent on fossil fuels, produces fewer emissions, and has minimal plastic pollution.Dr. Mori concludes, “
This vision for a sustainable and cleaner future is very timely. We wish Dr. Mori all the best.
Authors: Ryohei Mori
Title of the original paper: Replacing all petroleum-based chemical product with natural biomass chemical products: A tutorial review
Journal: RSC Sustainability
Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. Japan
About Dr. Ryohei Mori
Dr. Ryohei Mori He is currently the CEO and founder of Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Kyoto Institute of Technology and his master’s and doctoral degrees in Molecular engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Kyoto UniversityHe also holds a General Management Program degree. Harvard Business School. He currently leads a chemical business with over 100 employees. He is mainly involved in the colorants industry and has also developed biodegradable and natural biomass-based chemicals as new businesses. He is also working to develop next generation rechargeable battery, fuel cell and solar cell.2 Technology for conversion and capture. Their ultimate goal is the replacement of all petroleum-derived chemicals by natural biomass and other plant-derived products.
SOURCE Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd.