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Nike launches Flyleather sneakers

I’ve mentioned Modern Meadow’s biofabricated leather and the sustainability benefits of this technology in my last post. However, Nike also recently launched its new Flyleather material, which has been incorporated in its Tennis Classic footwear style now available online and as well as in several limited edition footwear styles. Nike’s Flyleather material is made with … Continue reading »

Modern Meadow launches biofabricated leather

The biofabrication age has arrived and according to New Jersey-based bio-advanced materials developer, Modern Meadow, it will start next year soft commercial launches of products made from its first biofabricated leather material under the brand name Zoa™. I was able to attend Modern Meadow’s pop-up exhibit here in New York City (SoHo) to see for … Continue reading »

Anellotech starts Bio-BTX pilot production tests

Bio-aromatics technology developer, Anellotech, along with its engineering partner, IFPEN/Axens, announced late last month that it has completed a successful continuous performance test of the TCat-8 pilot plant as part of unit commissioning in Silsbee, Texas. The test involved continuous injection of MinFree(tm) woody biomass feedstock and production of BTX and other chemical by-products. The … Continue reading »

BASF participates in circular economy initiatives

I just finished wrapping up five presentations (two that I personally worked on) about bio-based chemicals and bioeconomy for the incoming Nova Institute Bio-Materials conference next week in Cologne, Germany,(which my colleague, Philippa Davies will give the presentation) and for the Asia Petrochemicals Industry Conference (APIC) which will be held on 18-19 in Sapporo, Japan. This … Continue reading »

IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year

I’m copying IEA’s press release word for word as I believe this is an interesting article to read. Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was … Continue reading »

Recycled PET news: INVISTA and Avery Dennison

US-based INVISTA has introduced its new COOLMAX EcoMade denim fabrics which is made from 97% recycled resources in time for the spring 2018 selling season. Through a six-step process, the recycled plastic bottles are transformed into fiber suitable for apparel use. INVISTA’s COOLMAX brand is said to be breathable and moves moisture away from the … Continue reading »

Waste chewing gum to TPEs

I honestly love this idea of waste chewing gum being converted into a raw material for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). According to this press release from UK-based custom compounding expert, Teknor Apex Company, it has been working with Gumdrop Ltd. to advance its technology of recycling waste chewing gum to produce commercial-scale quantities of TPE compounds … Continue reading »

Pilot Plant Demonstrates the Potential to Co-Process Biomass Streams with Petroleum

It’s Saturday and I am still working on my Biomaterials newsletter (poor me!) but I just want to post this press release from the US DOE as I find this technology very interesting. Cut and paste story below: The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading … Continue reading »

Renmatix bags $14m from Bill Gates, Total

Renmatix announced its recipient of a $14 million investment led by Bill Gates and Total, which will reportedly help drive towards the first wave of Renmatix licensees building Plantrose-enabled biorefineries in diverse global markets such as Canada, India, Malaysia, the US, etc. The Plantrose process uses supercritical water to reduce costs in conversion of biomass … Continue reading »

LanzaTech produces jet fuel via low carbon ethanol

The blog does not usually reports as much on biofuels but it has been awhile since we last posted about activities from LanzaTech. The company recently announced that it has produced the world’s first jet fuel (around 1,500 gallons)  based on LanzaTech’s CO-to-ethanol fermentation process. The jet fuel reportedly passed all initial performance tests with … Continue reading »

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