Cellulose microbeads, sequins and eyeware, 3D printed sandals and menswear, biobased adhesives, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 21st

August 20, 2019 |

This week, it’s all about cellulose and 3D printing and these Top 10 Innovations are so cutting edge you can literally dress yourself from head to toe in it. From cellulose sequins and cellulose eyeware to 3D printed cornstarch menswear and 3D printed sandals using coconut and pineapple wastes, it’s hip and happenin’. But don’t stop there…there are bamboo bottles and biobased rock-climbing holds, cellulose microbeads and a new biobased adhesive solution to the coffee cup conundrum. Here are the Top 10 Innovations for the week of August 21st.

In today’s Digest, cellulose microbeads, sequins and eyeware, 3D printed sandals and menswear, biobased adhesives — these and more, ready for you now at The Digest online.

#1 Biobased adhesive solves coffee cup conundrum

In Germany, family-owned chemical company Follmann, together with its Sealock subsidiary, have developed a biobased adhesive for use in disposable coffee cups. The innovation enables compostable hot-beverage to-go cups, a holy grail for eco-conscious coffee aficionados.

“The challenge was to find suitable renewable raw materials that could also be used for adhesive applications and industrial-scale adhesive production,” George Thomas, Technical R&D Manager at the Sealock Group, tells European Coatings. “Based on intensive research and work on this topic, we finally succeeded in developing a new biobased thermoplastic adhesive that is suitable, among other things, for bonding the environmentally friendly inner coating of paper cups. This sustainable alternative replaces the previous environmentally harmful bonding of coatings.”

The adhesive uses sugarcane or corn as feedstock. The company aims to expand the technology into paper drinking straws and packaging.
More on the story, here.

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