Tag: bioplastic

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

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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Don’t be selfish, save the shellfish! Shellfish are more useful than ever imagined

Don’t be selfish, save the shellfish! Shellfish are more useful than ever imagined

August 5, 2017 |

In Colorado, researchers are fighting nasty, deadly, stubborn bacteria with chitosan, a material derived from shellfish shells like lobsters, crabs, and shrimps. The new material helps prevent superbug bacteria biofilms from forming in about 85 percent of their lab testing. Chitosan is also being used as an ingredient in biopolymers that form bioplastics and biodegradable […]

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Thai companies team up to develop biorefineries to serve the bioplastics industry

Thai companies team up to develop biorefineries to serve the bioplastics industry

January 30, 2017 |

In Thailand, Global Green Chemical has joined with Kaset Thai International Sugar to jointly develop a feasibility study for a biorefinery using sugarcane in Nakhon Sawan province that will produce Lactic Acid and Polylactic Acid from ethanol to feed into the bioplastics market. The investment plan should be ready by year’s end, with the mill […]

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Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

Iowa State researchers say new bioplastic materials may help plants “self-fertilize”

November 22, 2016 |

In Iowa, new bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. A five-year study looked at numerous options for bioplastic derived from sources such as polylactic acid and the more biodegradable polyhydroxyalkanoates. They […]

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