Tag: plastic

WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

WSU researchers find ways to recycle carbon fiber plastics

April 4, 2019 |

In Washington state, a Washington State University research team for the first time has developed a promising way to recycle the popular carbon fiber plastics that are used in everything from modern airplanes and sporting goods to the wind energy industry. The works, reported in Polymer Degradation and Stability and Green Chemistry, exemplify two efficient […]

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Stora Enso invests EUR5 million to produce formed fiber products to reduce plastic use

Stora Enso invests EUR5 million to produce formed fiber products to reduce plastic use

March 18, 2019 |

In Finland, Stora Enso is investing EUR5 million to build a new production line and related infrastructure to manufacture formed fiber products at Hylte Mill in Sweden. The formed fiber technology enables manufacturing of products that are designed for circularity, meaning that they are renewable, recyclable and biodegradable and do not contain any plastic. The […]

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UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

UK launches $76.4 million challenge to create sustainable packaging and plastic

December 5, 2018 |

In the UK, household food scraps could be transformed into environmentally-friendly plastic bags and cups, thanks to up to GBP60 million ($76.4 million) of new government funding. Innovators are being challenged to make the UK a world-leader in creating sustainable packaging and reduce the impact of harmful plastics on the environment, as the UK seizes […]

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Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

Indian plastic-to-biodiesel pilot set for January

October 15, 2018 |

In India, the Economic Times reports that a pilot plant producing biodiesel from plastic waste is set to for commissioning in January in Dehradun by the Indian Institute of Petroleum. The pilot can produce 800 liters of biodiesel from 1 metric ton of plastic waste and is meant to be the first of many plants […]

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New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

New Zealand start up looking to take cue from bees to produce biodegradable plastic

August 15, 2018 |

In New Zealand, Humble Bee is collecting material produced by Banksia bees in southwest Queensland in an attempt to reverse engineer a biodegradable plastic that is also water-repellent and flame-resistant. The bees line their nests with a cellophane-like plastic, so the company is working with researchers to see if they can produce the plastic en […]

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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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Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

Tick-tick-tick…This Plastic Will Self-Destruct

September 25, 2016 |

They called it Mission Impossible. Create a means to biodegrade any plastic out there that needs to decompose in the environment after use. Find little microbes that can break the material into something that ordinary microbes found widely in the environment can use. After all, soil microbes would love to eat plastic if they could. […]

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ORNL researchers invent tougher plastic with 50 percent renewable content

ORNL researchers invent tougher plastic with 50 percent renewable content

March 27, 2016 |

In Tennessee, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made “a better thermoplastic” by replacing styrene with lignin, a brittle, rigid polymer that, with cellulose, forms the woody cell walls of plants. In doing so, they have invented a solvent-free production process that interconnects equal parts of nanoscale lignin dispersed in […]

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See It Now: Newlight’s carbon-negative plastic, made from greenhouse gas and ordinary air. Really.

See It Now: Newlight’s carbon-negative plastic, made from greenhouse gas and ordinary air. Really.

July 13, 2015 |

In California, Newlight Technologies has signed a 20-year take-or-pay off-take agreement with Vinmar International for 1 billion pounds of AirCarbon PHA — the first cost-competitive, carbon-negative plastic that will be available at scale. Made, by the way, from greenhouse gas and thin air. What’s not to like? Critical to the deal? Newlight’s technology, which aims to […]

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The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

The 10 Hottest, Bossest Renewable Plastic Technologies

July 2, 2015 |

Plastics — we love the price, performance and versatility. But why not renewable and sustainable, too? We want it all! And you can have it, with 10 technologies that are changing the landscape. Let’s dive into the who and why. 10. Using plastic to make fuels One way to get plastics out of the landfill, where […]

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