Tag: plastic

Gimme a piece of that!  Licella, Nestlé, others have sweet news on plastic waste to plastic resource

Gimme a piece of that! Licella, Nestlé, others have sweet news on plastic waste to plastic resource

March 21, 2021 |

It was a big week of news for Licella and their Cat-HTR platform in Australia with two soft plastic project announcements. First, Licella joined forces with a group of high-profile companies like Nestlé and LyondellBasell, who have collaborated to produce Australia’s first soft plastic food wrapper made with food-grade recycled content. Second, Licella launched a […]

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Germany researchers develop new type of plastic from reclaimed waste

Germany researchers develop new type of plastic from reclaimed waste

October 1, 2020 |

In Germany, a new type of plastic made of reclaimed waste readily degrades in less than a year. The substance that will soon serve to manufacture and break down mainly disposable products in an ecofriendly way goes by the name of polyhydroxybutyrate. This innovative material can be produced on an industrial scale in a new […]

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Irish researchers find EU plastic destined for recycling ends up in oceans

Irish researchers find EU plastic destined for recycling ends up in oceans

July 6, 2020 |

In Ireland, new research from NUI Galway and the University of Limerick has for the first time quantified the volume of plastic from European countries (EU, UK, Switzerland and Norway) that contributes to ocean littering from exported recycling. While European countries have developed world-leading waste management infrastructure, 46% of European separated plastic waste is exported […]

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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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