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UK bans microbeads in personal care

UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs announced that a ban on the manufacture of products containing microbeads has come into force effective 9 January 2018. Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has announced that manufacturers of cosmetics and personal care products will no longer be able to add tiny pieces of plastic known as ‘microbeads’ … Continue reading »

Bioeconomy Career Map

Another year has passed and maybe you’re now looking for a career change that can satisfy your thirst to contribute in some small way to make the world and our society a little better? I received this press release and thought it very interesting for those looking at the bioenergy sector. I just came back … Continue reading »

Biofuture Platform launched

Ministers and high-level representatives of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, Paraguay, Philippines, Sweden, United Kingdom, and Uruguay gathered together on November 16, 2017, in Bonn, Germany, and have decided to join efforts in a new government-led, multi-stakeholder Biofuture Platform designed to promote international coordination on advanced … Continue reading »

BIO News: Renewable Chemicals Act of 2017

Just got this news from BIO… BIO Applauds Senate Introduction of Renewable Chemicals Tax Credit Washington, D.C. (Oct. 19, 2017) – The Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) today thanked Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and co-sponsors Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Al Franken (D-MN) for introducing the Renewable Chemicals Act of … 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 »

OPINION: Trump Presidency: What is the future of US bioeconomy?

After last night’s election results, I actually just wanted to curl up in a ball on a corner (at least for a day). The question now is whether the new Republican-led Congress and Trump’s presidency could change the course of direction towards the build-up of US Bioeconomy that various federal agencies have slowly been building … 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 »

EPA calls for 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards nomination

My apologies for the lack of posts this month as I have been busy working on Tecnon OrbiChem’s new blog site and other social media networks. We also launched late last month our new Handbook of Commercial Bio-based Chemicals and it is great to say that it has gathered quite an attention from both the petrochemicals … Continue reading »

New BIO Report: Renewable Chemical Commercialization

Industry trade organization, BIO, has released a new report featuring snapshots of the renewable chemical industry, with profiles of companies that are commercializing new bio-based chemicals/materials including production capacity. The report is intended to illustrate the potential of this industry, which according to McKinsey & Co. in the report, is estimated to make up 11% … 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 »

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