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January 23, 2024

 Products & Awards
Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials' eco-friendly spu…
Mitsui Chemicals Asahi Life Materials' eco-friendly spunbond nonwoven, Ecorise, is adopted by Yonex for tennis racquet packaging; Ecorise is plant-derived, biodegradable, certified by multiple bodies for its environmental advantages
Future textiles may be made from agricultural, paper, t…
Future textiles may be made from agricultural, paper, textile waste, which could also address current fiber shortage concerns, says SAFI consortium study at NCSU; virgin cotton is not environmentally sustainable due to water, land use requirements
Avient showcases bio-derived plastisol inks at Impressi…
Avient showcases bio-derived plastisol inks at Impressions Expo Long Beach trade show; company highlights sustainable additions to portfolio from brands including Wilflex, Rutland, and Union Ink, featuring benefits such as reduced energy use
LG Chem and Enilive sign joint venture for biorefinery …
LG Chem and Enilive sign joint venture for biorefinery project in South Korea, with final investment decision expected in 2024; site will process about 400,000 tons/year of bio-feedstocks into multiple products including Sustainable Aviation Fuel
Germany's Fraunhofer Institute explores rapeseed oil to…
Germany's Fraunhofer Institute explores rapeseed oil to develop non-toxic, biobased plasticizer for tire and packaging solutions in federally funded Biocerine project; team aims to develop biopolymers for use in manufacturing machines without conversion
Black Swan Graphene announces new range of Graphene Enh…
Black Swan Graphene announces new range of Graphene Enhanced Masterbatch products for the polymer industry; company aims to introduce similar products PET and biodegradable PLA applications
 Material Substitution

Helios Resins signs capacity reservation agreement for Avantium's furandicarboxylic acid plant-based polymer material; Helios Resins plans to utilize material as an alternative to fossil-based terephthalic acid for production of polymers
Avantium (01/16)

 Research and Development (R&D)

Biotech fragrance solutions developer Sensegen collaborates with Takasago with a focus on fragrance creation powered by biotechnology innovation; collaboration also aims to provide scalable solutions for brands seeking more natural profile
GlobeNewswire (01/22)

Study improves recycled paper materials by incorporating hemp, wood virgin cellulose fibers, and/or cellulose nanofibrils; hemp fibers perform better than wood kraft fibers alone, impact of nanofibrils depends on fiber composition, properties: RTU
MDPI Journal: Fibers (01/19)

Researchers create intelligent film for monitoring pork freshness using bilayer hydrogel, red cabbage anthocyanin; hydrogel contains gelatin, sodium alginate, carboxymethyl cellulose for antioxidant, antibacterial activity, water vapor permeability
MDPI Journal: Foods (01/19)

BASF research highlights potential benefit of biodegradable water-soluble polymers in agricultural applications to prevent long-term accumulation in soils
Chemicals & Chemistry Business Daily (01/17)

Researchers develop two-stage biodegradation technique for effective organic waste management; novel process combines rotary drum composting, vermicomposting, producing non-toxic nutrient-rich soil conditioner, reducing municipal waste volume by 60%-70%
The Sentinel (01/17)

 Sourcing & Ingredients

Biodegradable / Compostable Materials

California's largest organic waste recycler, Agromin, receives US$10M grant from CalRecycle's Organics Grant Program; grant to support composting facility expansion to 70 acres from 15 acres, and enable facility to begin accepting food waste
EIN Presswire - Waste Management (01/19)

Italian paper bag manufacturer Sacma develops compostable ovenable bag with Futamura’s NatureFlex films to pack hot products such as cooked chicken; the new B.Life Gaia bags combine FSC certified grass paper and a NatureFlex cellulosic inner liner
Packaging News (01/18)

Evonik completes major biosurfactant facility in Slovakia ahead of schedule; plant will produce biodegradable, biobased rhamnolipid biosurfactants used in cleaning and personal care products using Evonik's fermentation-based manufacturing process
Evonik Industries AG (01/18)

Indie prestige body care brand NERRĀ launches first MyMicrobiome-certified Exfoliating Body Glove Set; the glove is biodegradable and made from 100% plant-viscose
CosmeticsDesign.com (US) (01/17)

Paques Biomaterials and Netherlands-based organics upcycler Looop to produce natural plastic alternative, PHA, from agri-food waste streams using microbes; PHA is circular, biodegradable both on land and in sea
Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) (01/16)

Recyclable / Recycled Materials

At Pharmapack Europe, Bormioli Pharma to showcase rPET bottles produced via depolymerization process that allows for achieving 'virgin quality' polymer, and new Bio PET 2.0 bottles made from wood residue; company to also highlight new consultancy approach
Bormioli Pharma SpA (01/19)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

INEOS Styrolution to showcase sustainable styrenics product lines at Pharmapack 2024 trade show in Paris, Jan. 24-25; company to give presentation entitled “Biopolymers – The key to less carbon?'
Ineos Group Ltd. (01/22)

Michelin, IFPEN and Axens inaugurate first industrial-scale demonstrator for plant producing biobased butadiene in France; site utilizes ethanol derived from biomass as feedstock in place of petrochemicals
ENP Newswire (01/22)

Flint Group highlights products aimed at supporting customers' sustainability goals, including EkoCure range of UV LED-curable inks; EkoCure F product features bio-renewable resin technology
Flint Group (01/22)

Paques Biomaterials partners with Netherlands-based Looop on production of the biopolymer PHA using agri-food waste streams; partnership offers Paques Biomaterials a secure feedstock stream for PHA production
Renewable Carbon Initiative (RCI) (01/16)

 Renewable Energy & Fuels

Renewable / Green / Clean Energy

Wood Mackenzie: India could reach net zero by 2050, two decades ahead of its pledge, by investing in clean energy technologies, market-driven policies; India has vast potential for bioenergy from biomass residue, around 750 million tonnes annually
Wood Mackenzie Ltd. (01/19)

Appalachian RNG Conference II to take place in Pittsburgh on April 18, with focus on transforming food waste into renewable energy; certain states, municipalities now offer tax breaks for use of renewable low-carbon fuel in vehicles
EIN Presswire - Waste Management (01/17)


Australian Government (01/19)

State Intellectual Property Office of China Receives Wanhua Chemical Group's Patent Application for Preparation Method of Bio-Based Acrylic Acid
Chemical Patent News (01/18)

Patent Issued for Recyclable, renewable, or biodegradable package (USPTO 11859338)
Chemicals & Chemistry Business Daily (01/18)

US Patent Issued to NOURYON CHEMICALS INTERNATIONAL on Jan. 16 for "Thermally expandable microspheres prepared from bio-based monomers" (Swedish Inventors)
U.S. Fed News (01/17)

Symrise AG Files Patent Application for Biodegradable Polyurea/Polyurethane Microcapsules
Indian Patents News (01/16)

 Bioeconomy Roundup

Nova-Institute announces nominees for Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year 2024 Award; nominees include Honext flame-retardant board made from upcycled paper waste, Lenzing's geotextile to slow glacier melt, Pangaia's jacket made from recycled cellulose
Texination GmbH (01/19)

Dr Angelique Greene of Scion appointed Bioeconomy Youth Champion for Asia-Pacific by International Advisory Council on Global Bioeconomy; Greene's role aims to grow awareness of bioeconomy's benefits, recruit young people for climate change solutions
Scion (01/16)

NEXTCHEM subsidiary CONSER to provide biodegradable plastics technology licensing and technical assistance for major project in Northwestern China, marking the first award of CONSER's expanded technology package, including hydrogenation catalyst supply
Maire Tecnimont SPA (01/16)

London-based carbon asset manager, Carbonaires, receives strategic investment from KTM Chemicals in a bid to boost the development of high-quality carbon and biodiversity projects; partnership aims to enhance KTM's Net Zero strategy
PR Newswire Europe (01/16)

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