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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

University of Bath researchers develop method to make PLA polymers more biodegradable by incorporating sugars and exposing the material to UV light; process helps material be more degradable in natural environments without need for industrial composting

Clorox’s new health and beauty hub in Durham, North Carolina, opens two new research and development labs for Burt’s Bees and Better Health Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements units; combined labs will bring greater efficiencies, identify common trends

Barry Callebaut opens new chocolate academy center in Casablanca, Morocco, becoming the company's second such center in Africa

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March 23, 2022

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Patents

USPTO publishes Amcor Rigid Packaging USA Patent Application for Vertical Displacement Container Base: Application No. 17/423353
Packaging & Containers Patent News (03/22)

Graphic Packaging International receives Australian Patent for carton: Application No. 2019249402
Australian Government (03/22)

WIPO shares Henkel patent application for transparent liquid hair mask composition with transforming appearance for lightweight application; method involves contact with preferably wet or humid hair of a person: Publication No. WO/2022/048856
U.S. Fed News (03/22)

WIPO publishes Colgate-Palmolive patent application for high-water oral-care composition comprising an orally acceptable vehicle, a thickening system, one or more abrasives and one or more gelling agents: Publication No. WO/2022/051227
U.S. Fed News (03/22)

WIPO posts Firmenich patent application for process for preparing valuable new chemical intermediates for producing perfuming ingredients: Publication No. WO/2022/049036
U.S. Fed News (03/22)

Henkel's US patent application for Method For Determining A Greyness Level Of A Strand Of Hair made available online: USPTO 20220061503
Information Technology Business Daily (03/22)

US Patent Issued to P&G for crimped fiber spunbond nonwoven webs/laminates: USPTO 11,278,458
U.S. Fed News (03/22)

Research and Development (R&D)

Rexam Beverage Can's Australian Patent for 'Can end' Ceases: Application No. 2002326666
Australian Government (03/22)

Northwestern University researchers develop enzymatic technique to break down polyester or PET into its fundamental monomeric units; method could help engineers develop solutions for removing microplastics from rivers and oceans
Northwestern University (03/22)

Australia's national science agency CSIRO to receive AU$50M to develop innovations for reducing country's plastic waste by 80% by 2030; plan includes partnership with Murdoch University to create compostable bioplastics that degrade without UV exposure
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (03/22)

WIPO publishes Diaper Recycling Technology patent application for equipment and operation for removing fine particles from bulk of particulate by vacuum suction, particularly applicable in the field of hygiene articles: Publication No. WO/2022/055423
U.S. Fed News (03/22)

Royal Society of Chemistry's scientific journal, Green Chemistry, features Estee Lauder's Green Score publication; ELC's green chemistry scoring methodology ranks human health, ecosystem health, environmental metrics for cosmetic, personal-care products
Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (03/22)

Commercial forestry must be part of discussion over Washington State's Nooksack River, which is under strain from development, has low summer stream flows, study finds; Hampton Lumber, Sierra Pacific Industries among forestry companies operating in area
The Bellingham Herald (03/22)

Australia’s national science agency CSIRO unveils AU$2.1M world-class bushfire research facility in Canberra; aim is to better understand how bushfires behave, what conditions make them worse, and best ways to respond
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (03/22)

New Market/Market Expansion

Nordstrom expands its BEAUTYCYCLE take-back and recycling program for plastic packaging to Nordstrom Rack stores in North America; program accepts all brands of beauty packaging waste to be recycled
Contify Retail News (03/22)

Walgreens to open three in-store VillageMD primary care practices in New Hampshire by end of summer as it continues rollout of clinics; companies have opened about 100 practices across 13 markets, are on track to add over 200 by end of year
Daily Herald (03/22)

Italian fragrance brand Venezia 1920 to launch luxury skin-care line, Venezia 1920 Skincare, in US this year; clean, natural products include facial cleanser, micellar lotion, moisturizer, lifting cream, anti-aging cream, serum, lifting moisturizer serum
PR Newswire (03/22)

MAC Cosmetics expands its Back-To-MAC takeback program to Germany, Norway, Greece and the Czech Republic; consumers can return most empty MAC product packaging, including eye shadow pots and lipstick cases, to designated boxes in participating locations
Beaty Packaging (03/22)

Newly-formulated Coca-Cola Zero Sugar beverage launched in Ghana; beverage available in all retail outlets
Ghana Online News (03/22)

Symrise to acquire high-end fragrance house SFA Romani, perfume house Groupe Neroli, both based in France's Grasse area; Symrise aims to strengthen Fine Fragrance division with creation centers, sales and marketing teams, production capacities in region
Symrise AG (03/22)

Vitamin-infused personal-care company Better & Better secures US$4M, led by newly founded global fund Fifth Quarter Ventures; capital to accelerate growth of indie brand's vitamin-infused oral-care product range, retail footprint, fund marketing strategy
PR Newswire (03/22)

Awards & Recognition

Lactalis wins 20 medals including nine gold across its portfolio of products at the World Championship Cheese Contest; company's Galbani and President brands received eight total awards
Globe Newswire (03/22)

Symrise recognized by International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists for its Dragosine cosmetic ingredient, which offers skin protection against effects of blue light from electronic devices
Symrise AG (03/22)

Sun Chemical's SunSpectro SolvaWash FL inks recognized for sustainable innovation at 2022 Flexographic Technical Association Sustainability Excellence Awards; inks are designed to be removed from recoverable plastic substrates for improved recyclability
Sun Chemical Group Cooperatief UA (03/21)

Valeo receives Global Market Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan for cutting-edge 3D sensors, software perception stack for automotive industry; Valeo’s SCALA LiDAR sensor product includes AI-based software that detects objects up to 200 meters away
PR Newswire (03/18)

Berry Global wins Flexographic Technical Assn. awards for outstanding decoration capabilities; company wins for Jergens Body Butter Sandalwood tube and St. Ives Deep Cleanse Cream Wash tube
Berry Global Group Inc. (03/17)

EcoVadis awards Konica Minolta with GOLD Level Recognition Medal in its sustainability ratings for 2022; CDP names Konica Minolta as Supplier Engagement Leader for helping suppliers reduce CO2 emissions, costs, value environmental management
Konica Minolta Holdings Inc. (03/17)

Unilever's Dove Hair Therapy Breakage Remedy range named winner in the hair-care category by Product of the Year, the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation; range is made with conditioning actives, yeast proteins to reduce breakages
Canada Newswire (03/17)

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)

University of New South Wales SMaRT Centre shows waste such as plastics, coffee grounds, rubber tires are alternative sources of coke, coal for making steel; waste materials provide hydrogen which vastly improves efficiency, energy required for process
Australian Associated Press (03/18)

Plant-based meat firm No Evil Food switches to paper cartons with plastic inserts from compostable packs; co-founder says the new packs are more sustainable, based on a lifecycle analysis, as most of the US does not offer industrial composting services
FoodNavigator-USA.com (03/17)

Material Reduction

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)

Berry group Driscoll’s expands its paper packaging range in Europe with new pack sizes and concepts; the new packaging format for blueberries has 98% less plastic, is described as easy to open and close and is made from FSC-certified paper
Fruitnet.com (03/17)

Product Recall

Audi recalls 46,000 2021 RS6 Avant, RS7, 2020-2021 A6 Allroad, S6, S7, 2019-2021 A6, A7 for faulty fuel level sensor that can give inaccurate gas level reading on gas gauge; dealers to replace part free of charge, with Audi contacting owners May 13
Consumer Reports (03/22)

New Use

Merck announces FDA approval of Keytruda intravenous infusion as a single agent for treatment of advanced endometrial carcinoma
Merck & Co. Inc. (03/21)

Moderna submits request to the FDA for amendment to the emergency use authorization of its mRNA COVID-19 vaccine in adults, to allow for a fourth dose; broad approval will allow CDC, health care providers to determine who should receive a booster dose
Moderna Inc. (03/18)

Pfizer and BioNTech submit application to FDA for Emergency Use Authorization of an additional COVID-19 vaccine booster for adults aged 65 and older; application is based on real-world data from Israel when Omicron variant was circulating
Pfizer Inc. (03/16)

New Feature/Product Update

Deckorators expands its Voyage line of mineral-based composite decking with Sedona, a new warm brown tone; new color option is designed to complement the rising popularity of soothing, mossy and sage greens in outdoor spaces
HBSDealer (03/22)

Descartes integrates its ShipRush multi-carrier package and LTL shipping solution with its e-commerce warehouse management systems; move to allow customers to improve their warehouse accuracy, productivity and lower order lead-time and shipping costs
GlobeNewswire Europe (03/22)

PepsiCo brand Tropicana unveils television commercial in India that celebrates ‘inner goodness’ and reiterates brand’s revamped aseptic see-through PET packaging; the packaging is available in 200ml, 500ml and 1-liter variants in all flavors
Adgully (03/21)

Ben & Jerry's announces return of its Dublin Mudslide flavor; the product--which includes Irish cream ice cream with chocolate chip cookies and coffee fudge swirls--now features Wheyward Spirit, a new spirit made from whey
Chew Boom (03/21)

Albea Tubes redesigns packaging for L’Occitane en Provence’s almond range of beauty products; the tubes feature LyondellBasell’s CirculenRevive PE polymers, which are based on chemical recycling technology
LyondellBasell Industries NV (03/18)

Coca-Cola Europacific Partners reformulating its Capri-Sun Orange, Tropical and Blackcurrant beverages in the UK to make it non-HFSS
Grocer (03/18)

China-based American Hygienics updates its baby diapers with recyclable Kraft Paper packaging, part of its Green Grade program to boost sustainable hygiene packaging; alternative packaging option will be introduced for its most eco-friendly diaper range
American Hygienics Corp. (03/18)

New Dosage/Format

CanSinoBIO's Convidecia approved in Malaysia as a heterologous booster for individuals aged 18 and older who have received two doses of inactivated COVID-19 vaccine
Canada Newswire (03/22)

Patent Expirations/ Application Cessations

Australia Patent: Nestle's Application for 'Evaporated milk with improved mouth feel, process of making it, products containing said milk and use for food or beverage production' Lapses: Patent Application No. 2017288467
Australian Government (03/18)

New Products/Services

Digital retail advisory firm Tomorrow launches Dark Store Tracker to monitor rapid expansion of dark stores; Tomorrow’s research finds there are currently 6,300 non-automated stand-alone dark stores globally, with over 3,400 in China, India alone
EIN Presswire (03/21)

Burger King reportedly now offering reusable packaging at five New Jersey locations via its partnership with Loop; Burger King has more than 200 locations in the state, though it’s unknown whether other locations will introduce the packaging
NJ.com (03/21)

Indian personal-care startup Sanfe launches Sanfe Beauty brand, with skin-, hair-, body-care products, as part of its plans to become 'one-stop shop' for beauty, personal-care solutions; d-to-c brand launched in 2018 with feminine-care products
CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com (03/21)

J.D. Irving's Sawmill Division launches Interlocking Multi Board kits, available Canada-wide at The Home Depot; new products expand company's assortment of value-added wood products for home decor
J.D. Irving Ltd. (03/17)

Niche perfumer The Harmonist will widen its distribution to a total of eleven markets with goals to expand in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Mexico, Brazil, Ukraine and Uzbekistan; brand will later launch Royal Earth Parfum, Yin Transformation Eau de Parfum
PR Newswire (03/17)

Blinc releases UltraVolume Tubing Mascara, designed to boost volume while remaining smudge-proof; product available on brand website, will launch online at Sephora on March 23
Allure (03/17)

Austin, Texas-based maker of gently cooked pet foods A Pup Above to begin regional distribution of new bone broth line at end of March 2022 via Southeast Pet; company expanded to over 1,000 US stores in 2021 and expects to hit 3,000 stores by end of year
Pet Product Innovations LLC (03/16)

Products & Services

McDonald's bringing back its fish fingers to Happy Meals at all of its UK locations, citing huge demand from customers; the fish finger option on Happy Meals was previously limited to 160 restaurants since McDonald’s reopened due to the pandemic
Northern Echo (03/21)

RuPaul's Drag Race runner-up Kim Chi to expand her cosmetics line to over 130 CVS stores; KimChi Chic Beauty launched in 2019, offers lipsticks, glosses, merchandise, makeup tools, over 40 shades of foundation with 'find your shade' quiz on its website
Hypebae (03/21)

India's vegan beauty brand WOW Skin Science launches its hair-care range at Walmart; products include Apple Cider Vinegar Shampoo, Coconut and Avocado Oil Hair Conditioner, Red Onion Black Seed Oil line of shampoo, conditioner and hair oil
PR Newswire (03/18)

India's personal-care and hygiene brand Wiz planning to expand into skin care, considering entering the color cosmetics market as well; company is set to open its second factory in April, will use new product categories tap into new trends quickly
CosmeticsDesign-Asia.com (03/17)

Jo Malone London unveils mix-and-match perfume duos, allowing consumers to choose two travel-sized colognes in a gift set; available fragrances are English Pear and Freesia, Lime Basil and Mandarin, Pomegranate Noir, Myrrh and Tonka
Macclesfield Express (03/17)

Pet food brand Earth Animal to add a Chesapeake Bay Catfish flavor to its line of Dr. Bob Goldstein’s WISDOM dog food; recipe contains TruMune, a fermented postbiotic as well as wild-caught catfish and has been certified sustainable by Ocean Wise
Earth Animal Ventures Inc. (03/17)

Popeyes to offer its Wildberry Beignets nationwide beginning March 22 following testing at select locations; product features a French pastry that’s fried to order, filled with a sweet wildberry sauce and coated in powdered sugar
Chew Boom (03/17)

 Bioeconomy

Biodegradable/Compostable Materials

China-based Jinhua Zhongsheng Fiber Products offers a wide range of disposable tableware made of sugarcane pulp, including takeaway containers, cutlery, bowls, plates, cups and food trays; products are compostable and degradable
M2 PressWIRE (03/22)

Westfalia Fruit Group's business in France launches new range of packaging for avocados that reduces its use of plastic while maintaining fruit quality; the zero-plastic packaging is made of paperboard from FSC-certified materials and is fully compostable
Fresh Fruit Portal (03/18)

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)

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
Business Wire (03/16)

Biobased Chemicals & Materials

Michelman to showcase waterborne surface modifiers, polymer chemistries with a focus on high performance wood applications at American Coatings Show in Indianapolis, April 10-12; company anticipates growing customer demand for biobased, renewable options
Michelman Inc. (03/22)

IFF Industrial Solutions to showcase renewable polymers at American Coatings Show on April 5-7; portfolio includes natural, renewable stabilizers, suspending agents including Lattice NTC Colloidal Microcrystalline cellulose compatible with biobased paints
PR Newswire (03/22)

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
Sicomin Epoxy Systems (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)

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

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)

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)

 IR & ESG

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Westrock Coffee 2020-2021 Sustainability Report
Westrock Coffee Co. (03/21)

Eastman Kodak Q4 2021 Earnings Call - Transcript
The Motley Fool (03/17)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Conagra Brands 2021 Citizenship Report
Conagra Brands Inc. (03/17)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: H.B. Fuller 2021 Sustainability Report
H.B. Fuller Co. (03/16)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Tarkett 2021 CSR Report
Tarkett Inc. (03/16)

Sustainability & Social Responsibility: Ball 2021 Annual and Sustainability Report
Ball Corp. (03/16)

 Sustainability

Palmolive and Walmart’s new Palmolive Shake & Clean Dish Soap product, which helps reduce plastic waste, comprises a bottle that gets filled with water and a concentrated gel pouch; the 20 oz. bottle can be reused and is made of recycled plastic
PR Newswire (03/22)

ABB Turbocharging launches Tekomar XPERT marine, a digital suite comprised of modules covering the engine, hull and propeller and emissions to provide actionable insights into ship performance; company says insights can cut fuel usage, emissions up to 20%
Maritime Gateway (03/22)

UK-based Darnley’s Gin unveils recyclable gin pouches, which weigh 50% less than a glass bottle; range is aimed at existing fans, who can order a refill, decant it into their Darnley’s bottles, return the pouch by Freepost to Darnley’s for recycling
Packaging News (03/22)

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