The assumption that the peak of oil production will be reached in a few years, as well as the fast industrial and demographic growth of countries like China, Brazil, India and Russia, which are in need of high quantity of oil, pushed the most important multinational companies worldwide to enter a new phase of regenerating and re-using raw materials.

The chemicals and textile sectors are deeply affected by such a ’revolution’: difficulties associated with producing, extracting, recovering and procuring oil, as well as the rapid increase in the costs of such raw material, has expedited the development of so-called ’green’ products and opened up the way to using new natural fibres (milk, bamboo, soy, corn) and biopolymers, i.e.: plastic materials non-solely derived from carbon and made from renewable resources like corn starch, potatoes, soy and castor oil.

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