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August 30, 2022

 Products & Awards
Footwear design house Maddy Plant develops first concep…
Footwear design house Maddy Plant develops first concept shoe made entirely from sustainable BASF materials, including biobased Elastopan PU products
Circular economy pioneer Innomost raises €1M in bridge …
Circular economy pioneer Innomost raises €1M in bridge funding to further growth plans; company develops valuable compounds from Finnish forest industry side streams that can replace harmful materials in applications from cosmetics to pharmaceuticals
Wood is used as filler on new soccer field in Helsinki,…
Wood is used as filler on new soccer field in Helsinki, amid EU scrutiny of microplastics pollution from rubber crumbs; sports ground specialist Lappset imported American ponderosa pine for its hardness, says project could be 'a great triumph for wood'
Asahi Kasei to showcase concept car at K 2022 event, hi…
Asahi Kasei to showcase concept car at K 2022 event, highlighting its broad array of materials and technologies including CO2-based polycarbonates; other highlights include particle foams, biobased filler materials and sustainable engineering plastics
 Material Substitution

FPInnovations partners in project that will see Quesnel become first city in British Columbia to trial new lignin-based asphalt; lignin is being eyed as a potential 'green' alternative to bitumen and similar trials have taken place in Alberta and Ontario
Quesnel Cariboo Observer (08/29)

Washington University in St. Louis researchers create new type of carbon fiber from waste lignin for use in recyclable, durable plastics; fibers are stronger, lighter than conventional carbon fibers, can be used in sports equipment, airplanes, automobiles
Washington University in St. Louis (08/24)

DS Smith research moves forward in testing boxes made of straw, seaweed and daisies; the exploration of alternative fibers is part DS Smith’s pledge to optimize fiber use for individual supply chains in 100% of its packaging solutions by 2025
DS Smith PLC (08/24)

Scientists develop lead sulfide thin films from avocado leaf extracts, potentially for use as solar cell materials; nanocrystalline films show 2.43 eV average energy band gap, are prepared on metal substrates at 90°C, with ideal viscosity at pH 4: study
Scientific Reports (08/23)

Northern Ireland building materials company Brett Martin wins first order for plastic sheeting roofing product part-made from used cooking oil; Marlon Bioplus sheet cuts use of fossil-based material by 70% and is produced with renewable energy
Belfast Telegraph (08/23)

 Research and Development (R&D)

Scientists develop recycling process to prepare greener plastic composites from pulp, paper industry waste; recyclates as fillers improve elasticity, rigidity, stability of LDPE, HDPE, UHMWPE composites for manufacturing, construction, packaging use
Journal of Cleaner Production (08/29)

Scientists develop eco-friendly method to produce nanocellulose, lignin from furfural waste; process uses acid-hydrogen peroxide, ultrasound treatment, dilution, centrifugation to generate nanocellulose with 15 nm-55 nm width, 500 nm-1000 nm length: study
Nanotech Daily (08/29)

Scientists develop sound-absorbing spunlaid nonwoven fabrics made with recycled cotton, polyester fibers; average sound absorption coefficients increased with thickness of nonwovens, but decreased with nonwoven fabric density: study
Journal of Natural Fibers (08/26)

Polish scientists determine crystallinity does not affect biodegradability of agricultural nonwovens made with polylactic acid fibers; all tested spunbond PLA 6252D polymer nonwovens completely decomposed after 16 weeks in simulated laboratory: study
Fibres & Textiles in Eastern Europe (08/26)

Necmettin Erbakan University researchers develop biodegradable, antibacterial electrospun bioplastic mat for wound healing, cancer treatment, surgical sutures; polycaprolactone, polylactic acid fibers contain silver nanoparticles encapsulated with thyme
Nanotech Daily (08/25)

Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University researchers develop cellulose, chitosan electrospun wound dressing to treat wounds on diabetic patients; antioxidant, anti-inflammatory dressing has highest cell viability, protection with 0.3% mequinol: study
Middle East Daily (08/25)

Soochow University researchers develop low-cost, recyclable, durable needle-punched nonwoven geotextile to support plant growth; fiber web is made with polyester, cotton waste fibers after carding, reinforcing with different needling parameters: study
Tech Daily News (08/24)

 Sourcing & Ingredients

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

University of Washington researchers produce lignocellulosic nanomaterials for reinforcing bioplastics using greener, lower-cost alternative to TEMPO oxidation; process includes biodegradable, non-toxic peracetic acid, peroxide on wheat straw pulp: study
Carbohydrate Polymers (08/23)

US Composting Infrastructure Coalition asks EPA to dedicate part of Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling grant program to composting infrastructure, equipment, distribution; group says less than 10% of compost facilities currently collect food scraps
Targeted News Service (08/23)

Republic Services' Otay Compost Facility in Chula Vista, California, named organics management facility of the year by National Waste & Recycling Assn.; company says solar-powered facility accepts 200 tons/day of food, yard waste, can be remotely operated
PR Newswire (08/23)

Sustainable/Responsible Sourcing

Renewcell, Tangshan Sanyou, Canada-based nonprofit CanopyStyle to develop a viscose staple fiber made from 50% post-consumer recycled cotton, 50% FSC COC wood pulp; Renewcell closing oversubscribed investment round of US$5M to scale, meet greater demand
Textile Value Chain (08/23)

Recyclable/Recycled Materials

Infinited Fiber provides regenerated Infinna fiber, recycled cotton for Tommy Hilfiger T-shirts in Europe; company has multi-year sales deal with PVH--Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein's parent--for cellulose fibers made from textile, paperboard, crop waste
Infinited Fiber Company Oy (08/29)

Tetra Pak, Circular Action, Packaging Recycling Organisation Vietnam launch pilot to collect, recycle 3,000 tonnes of used drink cartons into items such as paperboard, roofing materials; Circular Action to provide digital solutions to manage collection
Vietnam News Agency (08/24)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Hyosung launches Creora Bio-Based, a corn-derived elastane fiber certified with Eco Product Mark; company says elastic, durable Creora is the first maize-derived material for use in 'high-functional' textiles, reduces water use by 39%, emissions by 23%
Textile Technology (08/29)

Global market for green and bio-polyols projected to reach US$8.05B by 2028 compared to US$4.4B in 2021, growing at a CAGR of 8.7%; North America leads the market in terms of demand and product innovation: report
SB Wire (08/24)

Toray announces development of 100% biobased adipic acid, a raw material for nylon 66, based on inedible biomass; company will next test polymerization of nylon 66, develop production technology, aiming to commercialize the adipic acid by 2030
ENP Newswire (08/24)

Istanbul Technical University researchers develop date palm fiber, glass fiber nonwoven composite for use in automotive, boat industries; glass fiber reinforcement of date palm composite increases thermal stability 72%, tensile, flexural strength by 75%
Tech Daily News (08/24)

Qiqihar University researchers develop cost-effective chitosan nonwoven hemostatic wound dressing to promote healing; fabric is 'decorated' with MXene, polydopamine to provide antibacterial, blood-clotting activity, shows better healing than Tegaderm film
Nanotech Daily (08/24)

 Sustainability Goals & Targets

Sustainability & Social Responsibility Report

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Tetra Pak 2022 Sustainability Report
Tetra Pak International SA (08/24)

Tetra Pak publishes latest Sustainability Report; highlights include 36% reduction in GHG emissions linked to operations in 2021, 17.6 billion plant-based packages and 10.8 billion plant-based caps sold, €40M invested in carton collection and recycling
Tetra Pak International SA (08/23)

Environmental/Ecological/Carbon Footprint

Lenzing to transition Purwakarta, Indonesia, wood-based specialty fiber facility to green electricity; company's PT South Pacific Viscose subsidiary switched to electricity generated from renewable sources in July, reducing emissions by 75,000 tonnes/year
Lenzing AG (08/23)

 Renewable Energy & Fuels


Port of Columbia, home to Louisiana Green Fuels project, is awarded US$1M federal grant through Port Security Grant Program; Strategic Biofuels notes port’s efforts to secure infrastructure improvement funds accelerate LGF construction schedule
Business Wire (08/24)

Arbios Biotech names new biomass-to-low-carbon-biofuel plant in Prince George, British Columbia, 'Chuntoh Ghuna' in local language; name means 'The Forest Lives', and it honors partnership with First Nations in development of the facility
Biofuels Digest  (08/23)


IP receives US patent for apparatus, method for processing wood fibers; invention's first refiner bars are adapted to refine wood fibers, and the second refiner bars are adapted to break up fiber bundles: Patent Application No. 16/456,154
Engineering Patent News (08/24)

 Bioeconomy Roundup

Spinnova provides wood-based cellulosic fiber for Finnish design house Marimekko's new capsule collection, which is made with 20% Spinnova fiber, 80% cotton; Marimekko collection marks first use of fibers for commercially available printed products
Spinnova Ltd. (08/29)

Carbios joins WhiteCycle, a Michelin-led European consortium to recycle plastic waste, which plans to recycle more than 2 million tons/year of PET by 2030; group currently has €9.6M global budget, and receives €7.1M in European funding
Carbios SAS (08/26)

Ineos to supply its Inviridis branded mass-balanced phenol and acetone to Covestro under new agreement; Covestro will use the CO2-reduced products in manufacture of polycarbonate plastics for automotive, electronic, medical and other end uses
Ineos Group Ltd. (08/24)

Thermo Fisher more than doubles its capacity to produce bioprocessing materials with the opening of its new US$105.0M, 400,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon, Tennessee; plant currently employs 300 people, will add 1,100 employees in future
FiercePharma (08/24)

Jeena Trade--producer of edible straws made from rice, corn starch, cassava flour, water, food colors--establishes factory in Rwanda earlier in year; factory has capacity for 7 million straws/month, but currently makes 1 million due to a limited market
The New Times (08/23)

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