market development manager in biopolymers at Total
Researcher in materials science at Total
Each year, 360,000 kT of plastic is produced globally. Bioplastics still seek their place at industrial scales.
Total is turning its attention to plentiful raw materials, such as vegetable oils, starch and sugar cane.
With its two factories, in France and Thailand, Total will soon be able to produce 175kT of PLA annually.
Total believes that these changes must be part of a broader environmental vision that includes life cycle analysis and plastic recycling.
Chief editor at Polytechnique Insights
James Bowers has a PhD in molecular biology from the Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle and an MSc in Science Media Production from Imperial College London. He has six years of experience creating engaging scientific media in digital, TV and other outlets in the UK and France. Most recently, James worked as a science communication consultant and trainer for a French agency, Agent Majeur, for three years where he co-authored the book, Sell Your Research: Public Speaking for Scientists published by Springer.
Richard Robert teaches at Sciences Po. He directed the Paris Innovation Review from 2012 to 2018. Latest books: Le Social et le Politique (dir., with Guy Groux and Martial Foucault), CNRS éditions, 2020, La Valse européenne (with Élie Cohen), Fayard, to be published in March 2021.