Tag: plastic

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

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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Waxworm gut microbes can eat polyethylene, says Chinese research

Waxworm gut microbes can eat polyethylene, says Chinese research

December 8, 2014 |

In China, scientists have discovered a bacteria from the guts of a worm that can degrade polyethylene in one step. The research found that at least two strains of a moth larva, known as a waxworm, have gut microbes that could degrade polyethylene without a pretreatment step. The research is being reported in Environmental Science […]

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Carbios, INRA enter strategic collaboration for plastic waste

Carbios, INRA enter strategic collaboration for plastic waste

April 15, 2013 |

In France, Carbios has signed a EUR$7m strategic collaboration with INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, for the development of innovative bioprocesses for recovering plastic waste and producing biopolymers. The agreement, set for a five-year period, will aim to develop effective biobased industrial processes that add value to plastic waste. More on the […]

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UAE bans non-biodegradable plastic bags, cites camel crisis

UAE bans non-biodegradable plastic bags, cites camel crisis

January 5, 2012 |

In the United Arab Emirates, the Government has banned non-biodegradable plastic bags, starting in 2013.  The Ministry of Environment and Water released statistics demonstrating that 12 billion plastic bags are used annually.  The article cites numbers that camel deaths from eating plastic have increased from 33% to 50%.    The article notes that this may have […]

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