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Packaging Design Wrap-Up: Shoe packaging doubles as carrier and storage display; seed packaging is zero-waste; plastic-free spoon for dairy and convenience products is made of paperboard

European Commission launches public consultation on biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics aiming to prepare for policy framework; goal of new framework is to address sustainability challenges related to their use

Biodegradable Products Institute certifies three ReEarth biobased films by S-One Labels & Packaging for commercial compostability; certification is for a 3.4 mil laminated stand-up pouch, a 3.4 mil roll stock, a 2.2 mil metalized film

Germany-based Pohl-Scandia launching GrassGreen! shipping boxes and envelopes made of up to 40% grass fibers content; unlike wood-based paper, the production of grass paper only requires mechanical steps and no chemical treatment, company says

University of Canterbury student creates biocomposite wall panel that uses algae as a bio-filler; the low-cost seaweed plasterboard offers fireproofing and moisture control, is designed to be recyclable, help reduce building industry’s carbon footprint

Covestro and Genomatica announce successful production of a plant-based hexamethylene diamine, a key ingredient for nylons, coatings and adhesives; companies plan to advance program to full commercial scale

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 Products & Awards
South Africa-based M2Bio Sciences to pilot and implemen…
South Africa-based M2Bio Sciences to pilot and implement Hempcelium packaging solution for its Liviana Extra Virgin Olive Oil brand; the transport packaging foam is customized for glass bottles and is made from hemp agri-waste and mushroom mycelium
California-based Gear Hugger launches plant-based, non-…
California-based Gear Hugger launches plant-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, all-purpose lubricant; free of petroleum, fossil fuels, PTFE, lubricant is said to be safe to use around kids and pets and was selected by Amazon's coveted Launchpad program
 Material Substitution

New Zealand contributes NZ$1.3M to New Zealand Natural Fibres research project to explore potential of using hemp fibre in products ranging from soft flooring to food packaging
TendersInfo - News (12/29)

 Research and Development

Scientists in India develop environmentally friendly and non-toxic biodegradable polymer film using guar gum and chitosan; the film has high water stability and mechanical strength, excellent resistance to harsh environmental conditions
NuFFooDS Spectrum (01/03)

Istanbul-based entrepreneurs are recycling plastics with biopolymer obtained from starch of waste bread, will start tests of mass production in early 2022; some 20% of the petroleum in plastic production has been turned over with the biopolymer
Hurriyet Daily News (12/29)

Scientists develop biodegradable and antimicrobial food packaging that could extend shelf life of fresh fruit; the waterproof packaging is made from corn protein, starch and other biopolymers, plus antimicrobial compounds from thyme and citric acid
Nanyang Technological University (12/28)

 Sourcing & Ingredients

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

Forestry and Land Scotland introduces biodegradable tree shelters made from biomass-derived, biodegradable polymers; FLS worked with Cheviot Trees to find alternative to some 200,000 single-use, plastic tree shelters used each year to protect seedlings
Forestry and Land Scotland (01/03)

Romanian industrial packaging producer Promateris plans to enter the paper packaging segment by developing a production facility, which will be finalized in 2023; company also plans to develop its production capacity for biobased and compostable packaging
SeeNews The Corporate Wire (01/03)

Scotland-based Oceanium secures £0.75M in seed funding from Green Ventures; company is a developer of home-compostable bio-packaging material from seaweed
Marketline - Deals (12/29)

India-based CanvaLoop Fibre develops biodegradable fiber made from Himalayan hemp, other agricultural residues; objective is to make textile fiber utilizing agro-waste 'the standard clothing material by 2030'
Textile Value Chain (12/28)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

UPM begins shutdown of its Finnish pulp, paper mills and biorefinery plant to prepare for possible three-week strike planned by Finnish Paperworkers' Union, Trade Union Pro, and Finnish Electrical Workers' Union; strike to begin Jan. 1, 2022
M-Brain Nordic News (12/29)

Biomaterials no longer 'niche' as manufacturers see rapid rise in interest fueled by growing need of big corporations; investors are backing plant-based innovations and some experts think biobased materials could be adopted at mass scale within five years
dezeen (12/28)

 Patents

WIPO publishes WestRock patent application for sustainable sealed package with biofoam molded tray and a paperboard substrate: Publication No. WO/2021/257599
U.S. Fed News (12/28)

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