Tag: plastics

“Life in plastic, it’s fantastic” – Braskem invests $67M in recycling line, DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge

“Life in plastic, it’s fantastic” – Braskem invests $67M in recycling line, DOE Plastics Innovation Challenge

December 6, 2020 |

Isn’t it fantastic, recycling plastic? The Barbie Girl song reminds us, “Imagination, life is your creation” and we couldn’t agree more especially with all the recent bioplastic and plastic recycling news. Like Braskem’s news that they are expanding their post-consumer resin portfolio and investing $67 million in the construction of a recycling line with capacity […]

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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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Researchers strengthen natural fiber-reinforced plastics

Researchers strengthen natural fiber-reinforced plastics

September 17, 2020 |

In Germany, natural fiber-reinforced plastics (NFRP) become more resilient when the natural fibers are encased in a special coating. This has been determined by researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI. Through the application of a resin layer and pressing to form a composite material, the NFRP exhibit improved mechanical, thermal and hygric properties and greater chemical […]

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University of New South Wales researchers develop technology to produce chemical intermediates from CO

University of New South Wales researchers develop technology to produce chemical intermediates from CO

June 29, 2020 |

In Australia, chemical engineers from UNSW Sydney have developed new technology that helps convert harmful carbon dioxide emissions into chemical building blocks to make useful industrial products like fuel and plastics. And if adopted on a large scale, the process could give the world breathing space as it transitions towards a green economy. The researchers, […]

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Trash to Cash – New Anellotech Technology Tackles Plastics Pollution by Recycling Plastic Waste Into Chemicals

Trash to Cash – New Anellotech Technology Tackles Plastics Pollution by Recycling Plastic Waste Into Chemicals

December 8, 2019 |

In New York, breaking news arrived that Anellotech is significantly expanding its program with Plas-TCat, a new process technology aiming to convert a wide range of plastic waste directly into chemicals – which can then be used to make new, virgin plastics. 95% of plastic packaging material is annually lost to the economy after a […]

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Heavenly Trash – Dream in the sky or bringing it down to earth?  Cielo and the future of waste to renewable diesel

Heavenly Trash – Dream in the sky or bringing it down to earth? Cielo and the future of waste to renewable diesel

August 31, 2019 |

Cielo – it means “sky” in Spanish but some also use the word Cielo to refer to Heaven, bringing with it images of stunning white puffy clouds filled with clean air and hope. So it’s an appropriate name for Cielo Waste Solutions. After all they are taking trash and converting it into something valuable – […]

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CU Boulder researchers develop nanobio-hybrid organisms for plastics and fuels production

CU Boulder researchers develop nanobio-hybrid organisms for plastics and fuels production

July 2, 2019 |

In Colorado, CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals. By using light-activated quantum dots to fire particular enzymes within microbial cells, the researchers were able to […]

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NREL researchers find way to upcycle plastics into higher value greener products

NREL researchers find way to upcycle plastics into higher value greener products

February 28, 2019 |

In Colorado, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have discovered a method of plastics upcycling—transforming discarded products into new, high-value materials of better quality and environmental value—that could economically incentivize the recycling of waste plastics and help solve one of the world’s most looming pollution problems. Published in Joule, […]

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UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

UK and US scientists engineer enzymes to digest common plastics

April 17, 2018 |

In the UK, scientists have engineered an enzyme which can digest some of our most commonly polluting plastics, providing a potential solution to one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. The discovery could result in a recycling solution for millions of tons of plastic bottles, made of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, which currently persists for […]

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Biobased Plastics: What’s New, Who’s Top Cat? The Digests 2017 Multi-Slide Guide

Biobased Plastics: What’s New, Who’s Top Cat? The Digests 2017 Multi-Slide Guide

April 13, 2017 |

Recently, Nexant principal Ron Cascone joined us for a March Madness webinar on the horizons for Biobased Plastics. Here below are his illuminating slides presented on the day.

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