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Due to the growing awareness for a more circular economy, the industry is now on a constant lookout for renewable feedstocks and recycling solutions.

Biobased additives and polymers are being increasingly used now but there is still scope for improvement for their use in demanding applications and there is a need to find new solutions for end-of-life challenges.

Recycling of plastics is the need of the hour and researchers and companies alike are investing their time for new ways of recycling, like using NIR-sortable additives and masterbatches or using more recycled content in the polymers.

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Jan 14, 2021 | Industry News

New Biobased Polymer with Easily Changeable Physical and Chemicals Properties

Scientists from Bath's Centre for Sustainable and Circular Technologies have made a sustainable polymer using xylose. The new nature-inspired material reduces reliance on crude oil products and its...

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Jan 11, 2021 | Industry News

Sulzer’s Technology to Enable Production of Biobased Lactide in China

Sulzer Chemtech’s proprietary separation technology for lactide production has been selected for Zhejiang Depei New Material Co.’s latest plant in China. The processing equipment will enable...

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Jan 11, 2021 | Industry News

DSM and Clariter Aim to Chemically Recycle Biobased UHMWPE-based Products

DSM and Clariter to pursue chemical recycling for products based on DSM’s Dyneema®, an UHMWPE fiber. Sample products - including ropes, nets and ballistic materials made with Dyneema® - were...

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Dec 28, 2020 | Industry News

Efficient Way to Develop Biodegradable PHB Using Leftover Sewage Sludge

In a new study, Texas A&M University researchers have uncovered an efficient way to use leftover sludge to make biodegradable plastics. The researchers report that the bacterium Zobellella...

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Dec 15, 2020 | Industry News

Researchers Develop Tough and Temperature-resistant PLA

A team from University of Akron is focusing on research that showcases effective strategies for turning brittle polymers into tough and flexible materials. The group has recently produced a...

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Dec 11, 2020 | Industry News

VTT to Develop Biobased PEF Using Citrus Peel as Raw Material

New technology developed at VTT enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste, such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp, as raw material for bio-based PEF-plastics for replacing...

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Dec 2, 2020 | Industry News

DSM and Neste Collaborate to Produce Sustainable Feedstock-based Polymers

DSM has announced that it will start a strategic partnership with Neste to enable the production of high-performance polymers. This enables DSM and its customers to reduce the carbon footprint of...

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Dec 2, 2020 | Industry News

Total Corbion PLA Summarizes Best End-of-Life Options for PLA

Total Corbion PLA has released its whitepaper outlining its position on the preferred end-of-life options for PLA bioplastics. The whitepaper also clarifies where PLA products and applications can...

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Dec 1, 2020 | Industry News

Research on Biobased Diisocyanates & TPU Biodegradation Get Funds from US DOE

Two UC San Diego bioenergy projects have been selected by the United States Department of Energy to get funds for their research. The DOE grant will support research to develop bio-based...

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Nov 30, 2020 | Product News

Clariant’s Multi-purpose Additive and Catalyst Win ICIS Innovation Awards

Clariant won in two categories of this year’s ICIS Innovation Awards. Clariant’s multi-purpose additive Licocare® RBW Vita, derived from crude rice bran wax, won ‘Best Product’. Ammonia synthesis...

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