Tag: bioplastics

New Jersey deli worth $100 million to merge with bioplastics maker

New Jersey deli worth $100 million to merge with bioplastics maker

April 4, 2022 |

In New Jersey, a small-town deli with an inexplicable market cap of $100 million—and viral fame as an example of stock market excess and insufficient regulatory oversight—has filed with the SEC to merge with hemp-based plastic company Makamer.   The deli’s owner, Hometown International, first came to public attention in April 2021 when hedgie David Einhorn […]

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ABB to automate new bioplastics plant set to produce 75,000 tons of sustainable plastic per year

ABB to automate new bioplastics plant set to produce 75,000 tons of sustainable plastic per year

March 20, 2022 |

In Switzerland, ABB is to automate NatureWorks’ (world’s leading manufacturer of polylactic acid) new bioplastics plant in Thailand which will convert sugar cane to sustainable plastics. The plant – set to produce 75,000 tons of biopolymer per year – will ferment and distill plant-based sugars, converting the sugars first to lactic acid, then lactide and […]

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Canada announces grant funding for bioplastics and bioeconomy

Canada announces grant funding for bioplastics and bioeconomy

March 22, 2021 |

In Canada, Canadian farmers are looking to reduce waste, and plant-based plastics are an increasingly popular alternative as part of a growing Canadian bioeconomy. Creating exciting new options for Canadian farmers, while supporting them in responsibly managing on-farm plastic waste, is helping to build a healthier economy and environment. Today the Minister of Agriculture and […]

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Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

Top 10 Slide Guides of 2020

December 28, 2020 |

As we wrap up 2020 this week, The Digest brings you the hottest Top 10 slide guides from this crazy year where we tried our best to make lemonade from lemons! So what did you click on the most this year? What slide guides did you find the most intriguing? In today’s Digest, we look […]

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U.S. Department of Energy announces $27M in plastics R&D, LanzaTech, Algenesis, BASF, Pepsi, Stora Enso, ADM, AltAir included

U.S. Department of Energy announces $27M in plastics R&D, LanzaTech, Algenesis, BASF, Pepsi, Stora Enso, ADM, AltAir included

October 18, 2020 |

What does plastic have to do with the bioeconomy? Well, everything. It’s about taking plastic waste, breaking it down into building blocks and converting it into a valuable treasure and it’s about creating biobased plastics. News from the U.S. Department of Energy on their $27 million in funding for plastics recycling and new biobased plastics […]

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Bioplastics miss the mark on chemicals content

Bioplastics miss the mark on chemicals content

September 21, 2020 |

In Germany, researchers at the Goethe University Frankfurt and PlastX have found that bioplastics contain toxic chemicals similar to those found in petrochemical plastics. The team investigated 43 biodegradable and biobased products, including wine corks, drinking bottles, chocolate packaging, and disposable tableware. Analysis showed that 80% of products contained over a thousand chemical substances. “Three-quarters […]

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Wyss Institute Research scientists developing bioplastics from microbes

Wyss Institute Research scientists developing bioplastics from microbes

April 23, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, Wyss Institute Research scientists are taking on the challenge of developing sustainable plastics that provide the same properties as fossil-based plastics and are cheap but are also biodegradable that don’t require the use of plants at all, and have a negligible carbon footprint: microbes. They honed in on a specific microbe called Cupriavidus […]

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Researchers say policies promoting bioplastics “ill-designed”

Researchers say policies promoting bioplastics “ill-designed”

March 19, 2020 |

In Germany, while is true that plastics made from corn, wheat, or sugarcane are, in principle, climate-neutral and protect declining oil reserves—a broad shift in consumption from conventional to bio-based materials could be bad news for the environment given the current state of technology. After all, plant based raw materials are produced on land and […]

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Open-source simulation software package under development to analyze bioproduct viability

Open-source simulation software package under development to analyze bioproduct viability

February 25, 2020 |

In Illinois, perennial grasses can be converted into everything from ethanol to bioplastics, but it’s unclear which bioproducts hold the greatest potential. BioSTEAM, a new open-source simulation software package in Python developed by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, gives scientists, engineers, biotechnology companies, and funding agencies a fast, flexible tool to analyze […]

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New Notice of Intent for Joint Funding to Advance DOE’s Plastics Innovation

New Notice of Intent for Joint Funding to Advance DOE’s Plastics Innovation

December 15, 2019 |

In Washington, DC, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) published a notice of intent to issue a joint Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) titled “BOTTLE: Bio-Optimized Technologies to Keep Thermoplastics out of Landfills and the Environment.” This FOA, jointly funded by the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Advanced Manufacturing […]

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