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Green Chemistry: plants for replacing oil?


2010, France
Original language
Running time
environment, chemistry
Directed by
Christophe Renon
Written by
David Zavaglia
Produced by
France Télévisions, FTD, MFP / Diff : France 3

Oil is not only used for our transportation. It is also at the origin of many daily products, especially plastics and most motors oil and lubricants. However, in a few decades, there won’t be any oil, it’s now a certainty. Sabine and Jamy decide to go ans meet some chemists how developed equivalent of products stemming from oil but using plants as raw material.

How to create plastic from hydrocarbon? What is starch and how is it used by chemists? Can we replace polymers stemming from hydrocarbons by plant polymers? Do bioplastics and vegetable oil allow us to reduce our carbon emissions?

Jamy will answer to all these questions, while Sabine will go successively to Europe's biggest starch-work, in a glucose factory, in a bioplastic bag factory and finally to a field of rape, used to produce biofuel, among others.


Selected at Pariscience 2011
See the showing : Monday 10th October 2011 from 10h15 to 12h15