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Spunlace snapshot: Glatfelter expects spunlace business to turn profitable in Q2, with US$1M improvements from pricing-related actions, US$3M from operational improvements, synergies; CEO sees segment accelerating innovation with plant-based feedstocks

UK's James Cropper is giving used denim new life as paper for packaging with new Rydal Apparel range; the 100% recycled and globally recyclable paper comprises 20% post-consumer denim fiber, 80% recycled fiber from sources such as used coffee cups

Natural Fiber Welding raises US$85M to scale production of plastic-free, all-natural Mirum composites, which mimic leather, carbon fibers for footwear, fashion, automotive markets; funding to also Clarus recycled fabrics, which do not shed microplastics

EU 'Smart Circular Bridge' project shows what is possible with a new material that combines Flax with biobased resin; University of Stuttgart says it can be made into a light, highly stable material with properties comparable to aluminum or steel

UBC-spawned startups are working towards ending plastic pollution; Bioform turns kelp, wood fiber into durable bioplastic film; A2O Advanced Materials is testing novel polymers that can increase lifespan of products like marine paints, industrial coatings

Lenzing co-develops unique fabric made of new hemp-based Tencel and Coreva yarns from Candiani Denim, an Italian textile company; Coreva yarns are made by wrapping cotton around rubber, providing stretchable denim that is soft, plastic-free, biodegradable

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March 22, 2022

 Insight

Fisher International: New opportunities for pulp/paper producers to play role in producing bioproducts include using existing mill equipment to add new capacity of biofuels/biomaterials, innovating process to realize better use for cellulose byproducts
Fisher International Inc. (03/16)

Forest2Market affirms availability of wood waste for renewable fuels production around Bon Wier, Texas, where USA BioEnergy plans to build biorefinery; study finds abundant woody biomass feedstock to support plant's initial phase, company’s growth plans
Forest2Market Inc. (03/15)

 Products & Awards
French sports equipment giant Decathlon selects Sicomin…
French sports equipment giant Decathlon selects Sicomin's GreenPoxy 33 resin for its new JIB and BLOCK wakeboards; Tunisian specialist composite board manufacturer Meditec will combine GreenPoxy 33 with FSC-accredited wood cores to make the boards
Lifoam Industries announces new testing results on its …
Lifoam Industries announces new testing results on its Envirocooler insulated shippers with compostable, 100% bio-based Bioffex technology; after 14 months of testing in a bioreactive landfill environment, Bioffex technology has shown over 90% degradation
 Material Substitution

Paper made from banana plant waste material can protect potato plants from destructive potato cyst nematode; biodegradable paper is pre-loaded with low dose of pesticide, wrapped around seed before planting, reducing overuse or misuse of chemicals: study
International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) (03/21)

Westfalia Fruit to supply UK beauty brand Dr. Craft with ground avocado seeds for use as an exfoliator in cosmetics range, replacing ecologically harmful plastic micro-beads; it is one of several sustainability initiatives Westfalia is unveiling in April
FreshFruitPortal.com (03/18)

Asahi Kasei enters partnership with Genomatica to develop hexamethylenediamine based on biomass-derived raw material; Asahi Kasei aims to substitute for fossil-derived HMD used in manufacture of its Leona PA 66 products
Business Wire (03/15)

Yield10 Bioscience outlines recent advances in development of camelina as a platform for production of PHA bioplastic directly in the seed; agricultural bioscience company to begin seed scale up of prototype PHA spring Camelina lines at acre-scale in 2022
Yield10 Bioscience Inc. (03/15)

Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches MasterTape Pack Green, bio-based tape backings with greater sustainability attributes; repulpable, recyclable backings are produced from responsibly sourced, renewable wood pulp, FSC certified, and offer alternative to plastic
Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj (03/15)

 Research and Development (R&D)

Brazil's National Nanotechnology Laboratory finds composition of enzymatic cocktails already used for complete lignocellulosic biomass saccharification can be suitable for obtaining nanocellulose; study used eucalyptus cellulose pulp
Nanotech Daily (03/18)

Brazilian researchers find that including 34% moist orange pulp in corn grain rehydration for silage production reduces in vitro dry matter losses, does not drastically reduce aerobic stability; pulp rehydration of grain results in adequate fermentation
Chemicals & Chemistry Daily (03/18)

US researchers are studying cellulose nanocrystals from sugar beet pulp for improving heat capture, recycling in industrial settings; added to salt, nanocrystals may have use in power plants that use sun's rays, saltwater desalinization and oil production
US Official News (03/17)

Mexico's Center for Research in Applied Chemistry and national automotive materials laboratory develop lightweight material combining PE and agave fiber powder, a by-product; project aims to achieve weight reduction in plastic automotive parts
CE Noticias Financieras (03/17)

LG Chem invites innovative technology ideas from startups worldwide; company welcomes ideas from sectors such as circular plastics, renewable hydrogen, carbon utilization and sustainable battery materials
LG Chem Ltd. (03/17)

Conagen introduces de-bondable hot melt adhesives made from sustainable, natural inputs; product supports industries that need to disassemble products at end of life for recycling, such as consumer electronics
GlobeNewswire Europe (03/15)

 Sourcing & Ingredients

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Product development agency TwelveNYC launches biodegradable, non-toxic and compostable bags that dissolve in hot water in seconds, with aim to eliminate plastic from their clients' packaging and supply chain; bags are made of PVC, starch, glycerin, water
Cosmetics Business (03/18)

Top packaging innovations in 2022 include skin packs for longer shelf life, inks and pigments that change colors with temperature changes, self-chilling cans, 100% recyclable paper cups, compostable coffee capsules, self-heating packs, plant-based packs
KnowTechie (03/17)

Cargill to partner with startup StenCo, a company specializing in sustainable and biodegradable packaging; through the partnership, StenCo will create an oxygen-excluding, biodegradable barrier for a range of Cargill products
PR Web (03/16)

Nexeo Plastics announces agreement to to distribute AFC Ecoplastics' biobased compounds for blow and film molding market in Canada, Mexico, US; AFC's materials include 30% and 80% biobased grades, industrially compostable grades
Business Wire (03/15)

Firmenich sets 2030 goal to become top player in Conscious Perfumery, with targets for biodegradability, renewability, CO2 footprint, responsible sourcing, transparency; company aims for fragrance portfolio to be 99% ultimately or partially biodegradable
Firmenich SA (03/15)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Solvay to increase guar production capacity from plant in Melle, France, by Q2 2022, supporting growing demand from beauty care market; Solvay's Jaguar range of guar-based polymers offer sustainable, biobased conditioning and texturizing features
Solvay SA (03/17)

Origin Materials named to Fast Company’s annual list of World’s Most Innovative Companies for 2022; company highlights its patented platform for converting carbon from wood residues into new materials such as plastics, packaging, textiles and more
Business Wire (03/17)

Mitsubishi Chemical and Toyota Tsusho to jointly assess manufacture and sale of ethylene, propylene and derivatives using bioethanol as a raw material; companies aim to commence operation in 2025
Toyota Tsusho Corp. (03/17)

Avient launches Nymax BIO Formulations, a line of biobased PA materials based on 16%-47% natural filler from renewable sources such as corn, straw and wheat; products are available in glass fiber-filled and unfilled options
Avient Corp. (03/17)

US consumers view jars, bottles, snack bags and pouches made from bioplastics to be the most eco-friendly, and rank paper-based options as highly eco-friendly; conventional plastics are ranked lowest in perceived eco-friendliness: Freedonia report
PR Newswire (03/16)

 Sustainability Goals & Targets

Environmental/Ecological/Carbon Footprint

Netherlands-based Wageningen Food & Biobased Research creates roadmap to more sustainable packaging for three companies that won Unpack your Challenge; Wageningen says it also offers companies, organizations the opportunity to jointly prepare a roadmap
Wageningen University & Research (03/17)

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics launches biobased Affinity RE to its range of high-performance polyolefin elastomers; material helps Henkel's Technomelt SUPRA ECO line of adhesives to achieve a reduced carbon footprint
The Dow Chemical Co. (03/15)

 Renewable Energy & Fuels

Renewable/Green/Clean Energy

Petrofac to explore feasibility of new green hydrogen-to-ammonia plant in Egypt with target production of 125,000 tonnes/year; study will be conducted on behalf of Cairo-based Mediterranean Energy Partners
SeeNews Renewables (03/21)

 Patents

Suzano files US patent for synthetic polymeric fibers with lignin, process to obtain them and their textile use; fibers contain 0.25%-4.00% lignin from Kraft process, show anti-UV, antioxidant properties, burst resistance: Patent Application No. 17/419252
Textile Patent News (03/16)

 Bioeconomy Roundup

Sappi wins Structured Bond Deal of the Year award at Bonds & Loans Africa Awards; company launched convertible bond to complete its expansion project at Saiccor dissolving pulp mill after South African bond market was impacted by Covid pandemic
Sappi Ltd. (03/15)

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