White Paper on Plastics and Industrial Hemp
ZILA Works has published a new white paper describing the problems with plastics manufacturing and the need for bio-based alternatives, like the ZILA Works bio-epoxy resin made from industrial hemp.
You can find the paper here: White Paper on Industrial Hemp
You can also find a summary of the paper here:
Over 90% of plastics are derived from virgin fossil feedstocks, which is equivalent to ~6% of global oil consumption. In addition, epoxy resins, a type of thermosetting plastic, are typically created using bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine disrupting chemical. An EPA SBIR Phase I grant funded the formulation of an innovative bio-epoxy resin based on the fatty acids of hempseed oil. This white paper highlights the intention and potential impact of the technology while current research and development proceeds towards positioning the technology for rapid market adoption in the outdoor industry. In addition, this technology is being evaluated for potential application in other industries, such as the built environment, to increase market penetrations. Unlike the conventional approach that builds the monomers on the structure of triglyceride of oil, this approach is to dismantle (by hydrolysis) the triglyceride structure and rebuild new monomers with structures more appropriate for thermosets without losing performance. Employing a Life Cycle Assessment approach and toxicity analysis, this project incorporates an inventory and data collection stage to develop a baseline of human health and ecological impacts that can be evaluated throughout the lifecycle (i.e. raw material extraction to the end of life) of this product.