small-triangle-right Created with Sketch. Use Keyboard or Drag to Navigate
View As Grid Group 2 Created with Sketch.
Sugar Plastic
A sweeter, greener alternative to plastic, made from sugar beet waste.
Director: Matan Rochlitz
Producer: Dan Boaden
July 2013

Every year hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastic are produced to meet our growing appetite for the material. Plastic is everywhere - and it is choking not just the land but our marine life too.


So a natural alternative made from sugar beet waste may just be the answer to our destructive love affair with plastic.


A company in Italy called Bio-on has found that bacteria that feed off sugar beet waste can be manipulated to create a biodegradable alternative to plastic.


Giorgia Scaturro is in Bologna, Italy, to see whether this bioplastic could offer a solution to a growing environmental problem.

About 'earthrise'

'earthrise' is an award-winning series exploring solutions to the environmental challenges we face today.


The programme takes an upbeat look at ecological, scientific, technological and design projects all around the world, from a group of Dutch architects who design stunning buildings made from waste materials, to an ingenious project that has dramatically cut rhino poaching on a South African game reserve.

Credit List
Giorgia Scaturro