Tag: bioplastic

Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

Covestro covers it all – From $1.7B investment in MDI and first thermoplastic polyurethane based on CO2 technology to biobased aniline…

October 13, 2018 |

Covestro, which you may know as the former Bayer MaterialsScience (part of Bayer Group’s chemicals and plastics unit) prior to 2015, is leading several innovations in the biobased sector with a flurry of announcements over the past week that is sure to impact the bioeconomy. Not only are they financially successful, achieving the best financial […]

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Marine biodegradable plastics offer hope for oceans and waterways

Marine biodegradable plastics offer hope for oceans and waterways

August 18, 2018 |

With many people heading to the beach for their last hurrah of the season and red tide alerts along parts of Florida’s coast and seemingly, everywhere you turn, marine pollution is on the mind of late. While we can’t get the images of hundreds of dead fish out of your mind, we can at least […]

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Plastics proliferation transitioning to bioplastics boost

Plastics proliferation transitioning to bioplastics boost

August 5, 2018 |

IHS Markit published a plastics report saying that the market value for biodegradable polymers exceeds $1 billion and will rise sharply by 2023 thanks to increased plastic regulations and bans in Western Europe. But it’s not just Europe that we are seeing bans on plastic. Multinational companies like Kraft, Starbucks, McDonalds, Marriott, Disney and more […]

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Braskem launches new recycled resin concept

Braskem launches new recycled resin concept

June 17, 2018 |

In Canada, Braskem launched its latest concept in recycled plastic resins at a recent Sustainable Brands conference in Vancouver. The recycled resin is said to have a higher quality and a high percentage of recycled materials derived from household post-consumer thermoformed packaging made from polyethylene. Its main characteristics include resistance to stress cracking similar to […]

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IKEA and Neste launch commercial scale bioplastic production

IKEA and Neste launch commercial scale bioplastic production

June 10, 2018 |

In the Netherlands, IKEA and Finland-based Neste are working together to tackle the production of plastic products by working on a commercial scale pilot production of renewable, bio-based polypropylene plastic. The pilot at commercial scale of PP and PE plastic, chosen to contain 20 percent renewable content, will start during fall 2018. The production of […]

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USDA labs convert almond waste to beer, plastic and fuel

USDA labs convert almond waste to beer, plastic and fuel

March 18, 2018 |

In California, USDA researchers are converting almond hulls and waste that is otherwise discarded into useful products like bioplastics, beer and biofuels. With two pounds of hulls for every pound of almonds produced, farmers would love to be able to use or sell the hulls. The hulls could be used in a digester to make […]

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Poop to plastic and biofuel, innovators put crap to good use

Poop to plastic and biofuel, innovators put crap to good use

December 9, 2017 |

No matter how much we recycle, reduce or reuse, we will always have one kind of waste – human waste. From when we are babies to our last days, we poop. While most say “eww,” or share an elementary school poop joke, researchers at University of Calgary are saying “cool!” Instead of flushing it away, […]

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Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick –  Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

Super cyanobacteria and its sidekick – Power duo produces bioplastic faster and cheaper than ever before

October 28, 2017 |

You may know cyanobacteria by some more common forms like Spirulina, but researchers at Michigan State University are combining these handy microorganisms with natural bacteria to make a 100% biologically derived and biodegradable bioplastic. Making bioplastics from bacteria isn’t anything new, but what is new is MSU scientists’ new production method which allows them to […]

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Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics

Plastic Stretches Towards the New: Top 10 Trendlines in Bioplastics

September 6, 2017 |

The Plant Bottle has generated so much goodwill and publicity for its 30% renewable, sustainable content (and that biobased MEG) that it’s easy to forget that there are several paths being chased to 100% renewable clear plastic bottles by numerous partners, and there are a wide swath of plastics where renewables can play a role. […]

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DuPont and ADM win 2017 Innovation in Bioplastics Award

DuPont and ADM win 2017 Innovation in Bioplastics Award

August 27, 2017 |

In Washington, D.C., the Bioplastics Division, a part of the Plastics Industry Association, announced DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland as the winners of the 2017 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. The two companies developed a method to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ester (FDME), a biobased monomer, from fructose derived from corn starch. This is […]

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