Bamboo fibers

A new series of Green Compound based on natural fiber has just been launched by Eurostar-E²P, Bamboo fibers have been selected due to their outstanding mechanical properties profile versus standard natural fibers.  Bamboo prodigious growth is not competing with food agriculture.

BFT Starpylen HU30 BF4 BAMBOO FIBERS’ CARBON FOOTPRINT EVALUATION

A bamboo forest absorbs 4 times more CO2 than an equivalent wood forest and produces 35 % more oxygen. This outstanding quality should be added to an already excellent global carbon assessment.

The carbon assessment of products marketed by BFT has not yet been fully completed. It is however possible to make an analogy with the results of a study carried out by the University of Technology of Delft (www.tudelft.nl). Conducted according to ISO 14040 and 14044 standards this study aimed at measuring the total carbon footprint of bamboo products manufactured in Asia but sold in Western Europe. It considered the total life cycle of products comparable to those made at BFT and exported to Europe andconcluded that these products do have a neutral or even positive carbon footprint. It even added: “the growing speed of renewable materials in terms of annual yield in cubic meters per hectare is not included in a carbon footprint and can therefore be perceived as anadditional environmental credential for renewable materials in general and in particular for the most rapidly growing materials such as Moso bamboo”. This additional benefit actually exists for all bamboo species especially the ones selected by BFT since they reach maturity in 3 years.

The fibers extraction processes designed by BFT appear to be even more energy efficient (very low consumption of electricity, no high temperature processes, very low water consumption) and environmental friendly (no use of chemicals) than some processes used to manufacture the various products audited by the University of Technology of Delft. This is aclear indication that the very positive conclusions of this LCA – Life Cycle Assessment – which takes into account the carbon footprint of transportation of these products to Europe – are also valid for our BFT products.

Transportation of our bamboo fibers from Thaïland to Europe has only a limited impact on their carbon footprint as it is totally done by sea transportation which is the means of transportation with the lowest quantity of CO2 released per kilometer: 6 times less than by road transportation (source: Observateur de l’OCDE n° 267, may-june 2008). It can easily be calculated that a sea-transportation from Thailand to France will only emit 0,2 kg of CO2 / kg of bamboo fibers.

This impact of sea transportation towards Europe in the carbon assessment of bamboo fibers is certainly compensated within its total carbon footprint.  It is also certainly favorable when compared to the CO2 emissions associated to the culture (sowing, watering, fertilizing, use of pesticides and farming equipment) of other types of fibers used in plastic compounding and composites industries.

The carbon assessment of BFT bamboo fibers will be excellent and demonstrate CO2 emissions lower than:

  • 0,6 kg of CO2 /kg of hemp fibers (source : AFT Plasturgie)
  • 1,3 kg of CO2 /kg of flax fibers (source : Report “ECOBAT Sciences et Techniques 2012”)

And extremely positive compared to glass fibers : 2,1 kg of CO2 /kg of glass fibers
(Source: report “Pôle Européen Plasturgie”, March 2010 – Charlyse POUTEAU)