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Dell now uses ocean plastics in computer packaging

Dell announced the first shipment of ocean plastics packaging for its Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 resulting from its commercial-scale pilot program where the company collected and recycles plastics from waterways and beaches for use in packaging tray. In 2017, the pilot program collected 16,000 pounds of plastic from entering the ocean. (Wouldn’t it also be wonderful if these plastics … Continue reading »

Dutch biomass sugar partnership formed

More cellulosic sugar partnerships are taking place, and this one is in Europe. Avantium announced a partnership with AkzoNobel, Chemport Europe, RWE and Staatsbosbeheer for the development of a reference biorefinery plant at the Chemie Park Delfzijl, which will be based on a new technology that has been developed by Avantium. This Zambezi process aims … Continue reading »

VIDEO: Novamont introduces bio-BDO

Last year, Novamont started the world’s first commercial bio-1,4 butanediol (BDO) production in the world. Here’s a video briefly explaining in simple terms what BDO is about and how bio-BDO is processed.

VIDEO: Biodegradable Mannequin from Bonaveri

I find this biodegradable mannequin very interesting and I’m hoping to learn more about the raw materials and companies who supply these new materials. Bonaveri, a leading Italian manufacturer of artistic mannequins and bust forms, has recently unveiled a biodegradable mannequin  (said to be the world’s first) during London’s Fashion Week at the Green Carpet … Continue reading »

Gevo produces cellulosic jet fuel

I’m really noticing a lot of renewable jet fuel announcements this year, and I mentioned this at the recent Pan American Oleochemicals conference that I attended in Miami this week since I also presented a bit on the renewable diesel market. Anyway, Gevo announced this week that it has completed production of the world’s first … Continue reading »

First bio-BDO commercial plant opens

The world’s first sugar-based 1,4 butanediol plant has finally opened as Mater-Biotech, a 100% company owned by Italian bioplastic producer, Novamont, started its 30 ktpa bio-BDO plant in Bottrighe di Adria (Rovigo, Italy), which uses Genomatica’s process technology. The initial capacity of the plant was targeted at 18 ktpa, but this was expanded to 30 … Continue reading »

JetBlue to use renewable jet fuel

JetBlue recently announced a ten-year purchase agreement with bioenergy company, SG Preston, for the purchase of renewable jet fuel produced from hydroprocessed esters and fatty acids (HEFA). For those who are unfamiliar with this type of fuel, it is mostly based on hydrotreated fats and oils comparable to Neste’s renewable fuel product. According to the … Continue reading »

Cargill expanding in cosmetics and personal care

We just wrapped up Tecnon OrbiChem’s Biomaterials newsletter for this month, and now I have to focus on starting my glycerine presentation for the incoming ICIS Pan American Oleochemicals conference in October. Speaking of glycerine….one of the things I sometimes monitor from companies’s restructuring and internal business changes is through their career section, who they hire (and … Continue reading »

VIDEO: More Bio investments in Canada

After my recent post on US government investment in Maine, here’s one from the Government of Canada with a $12 million funding to Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) to create 478 full-time equivalent jobs and result in 250 new industrial collaborations, especially among small and medium-sized businesses. The funding is going to be used to support … Continue reading »

Evolva on resveratrol-based composites

Evolva is collaborating with the US Navy (NAVAIR research facility, China Lake, California) to develop a new class of structural composite materials engineered from a polymer resin matrix fabricated from a specified formulation of Evolva’s resveratrol. Evolva has produced and delivered this specified formulation, and will continue to work with the Navy to advance this … Continue reading »

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