Maine Leads Nation In Bio-Based Manufacturing

Maine is an example of a state that understands the importance of researching and investing in products that are not only economical beneficial but also have a positive impact on the environment. In recent news there was an announcement that the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Maine has received a grant of $100,000 to assist with develop the latest advances in bio-based manufacturing. The ESHC has led the nation in developing solutions for protecting humans from a variety of harmful chemicals including: arsenic, lead, mercury and more. This organization not only strives for creating safe options to improve health but also to boost economic develop through designing alternative solutions.

This recent grant is also designed to give support to the Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine. This group is a business-based coalition which specializes in creating non-toxic, bio-compostable products that are petroleum-free. The money from the grant will be used to covert harvested wood chips and other types of agricultural waste which will then be turned into renewable chemicals, advanced biofuels and even biobased plastics. The Sustainable Bioplastics Council of Maine is partnered with the University of Maine as well as seven other companies in different industries such as high-tech food packaging manufacturing, foam fabricators, cosmetic manufacturing and more.

The ESHC is also the leader of the Plants to Products initiative which aims to create new jobs in Maine especially in rural communities that are in need of more employment opportunities. This initiative will exceptionally cut down overall carbon pollution for a wide variety of industries. There is a plan to open a new biobased manufacturing plant in Maine later this year. This cutting-edge facility will be one of the first plants in the world that will turn wood chips into sugars. New jobs like those from the Plants to Products initiative and other green initiatives across the nation are extremely important for developing a sustainable future for our country.

One of the major benefits of these renewable biomass solutions is it a useful alternative from oil, gas and coal and these items can be derived from everyday materials. Many countries are researching their own methods of alternative energy and is imperative that the United States develop our own products to compete with the growing global demand.
What is interesting is that Maine has already been leading the nation in creating cleaner environments. In recent news there has been a purposed plan by the EPA to reduce harmful emissions by power plants in the United States. In 2012 a report by the EPA reported that Maine was ranked among the top 5 states to have the cleanest energy in the nation.