Beyond Plastics: the Novamont case study at the UK Embassy in Rome Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador
On October 2, at the Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rome the event “Beyond Plastics” was held. The initiative aimed at stimulating dialogue between representatives of the Italian and British governments, engaged in the elimination of single-use plastics, together with business and civil society.Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador
In April the United Kingdom, announced its intention to ban microbeads from cosmetics and to ban the sale of single-use plastics, starting from 2019, underlining the significant role that biodegradable and compostable plastics can play in addressing the challenges of plastic pollution on land and climate change. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador
In the first part of the day, the Italian Ministries of the Environment, Agriculture, Education and Research, and the United Kingdom Departments for Enterprises, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), International Trade (DIT) and Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), discussed the current policies and the future perspectives for plastics.
Alberto Castellanza, Novamont’s International Sales Manager, opened the second section dedicated to the industrial case studies and to civil society campaigns aimed at the reduction of plastic pollution. Bioplastics Novamont British Ambassador
Castellanza illustrated how the Novamont bioplastics are able to regenerate territories, in environmental, economic and social terms, as they are the result of a virtuous process, based on the regeneration of deindustrialised sites, on the integrated agricultural value chain and on products intended to solve specific problems.
Indeed biodegradable and compostable bioplastics are not designed to replace all plastic applications, but only where there are serious risks for soil pollution, as in the agricultural sector, and in the management of organic waste and in cosmetics.
On 3 October, the delegation of the British government visiting Rome, had the opportunity to learn about Mater-Biopolymer, Novamont’s new plant based in Patrica (FR), which is the result of the conversion of an old plant dedicated to the production of PET.
Today, the plant produces the ORIGO-BI. ORIGO-BI is a family of biopoliester obtained from raw materials of renewable origin, aimed at improving the technical and environmental performance of our compostable bioplastics called MATER-BI.
On October 2, at the Villa Wolkonsky, the official residence of the British Ambassador in Rome the event “Beyond Plastics” was held. The initiative aimed at stimulating dialogue between representatives of the Italian and British governments, engaged in the elimination of single-use plastics, together with business and civil society.
In April the United Kingdom, announced its intention to ban microbeads from cosmetics and to ban the sale of single-use plastics, starting from 2019, underlining the significant role that biodegradable and compostable plastics can play in addressing the challenges of plastic pollution on land and climate change.
The award-winning energy absorber is made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC.
The first injection molded thermoplastic (PC/PBT) rear energy absorber for a vehicle bumper system, used on the 2003 Honda Element compact crossover SUV from Honda Motor Company, has been named the 2018 Automotive Innovation Awards Hall of Fame winner by the Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE, Bethel, CT, US).
The energy absorber, made with XENOY Polycarbonate/Polybutylene Terephthalate (PC/PBT) resin from SABIC (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), replaced expanded polypropylene (EPP) foam energy absorbers in less package space at lower cost with better damageability performance.
The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, says it expects sales in November and December to rise between 4.3 percent and 4.8 percent to $717.45 billion to $720.89 billion as shoppers continue to be in a spending mood in a stronger economy.
The sales growth marks a drop from last year’s 5.3 percent, which was the largest gain since 2010 when it was 5.2 percent. But the figure is still healthy and is the latest indication that the retail industry is far from an apocalypse that some feared only a year ago.
The US-China trade war and emerging markets’ exchange rate volatility are, not surprisingly, weighing on economic confidence. And, facing rising costs, petrochemical producers look set for a challenging fourth quarter.
An economic conditions snapshot from consultants at McKinsey pictures sharply declining confidence now and a more cautious outlook. Respondents to a survey from the firm were less positive for the third quarter in a row.
Pragma and Saudi Aramco Collaborate to Develop Extreme Expansion Technology
Pragma Well Technology Ltd, a FrontRow Energy Technology Group company focused on advanced production technologies, has secured a contract with Saudi Aramco worth over $700,000.
Saudi Aramco Exploration and Petroleum Engineering Centre – Advanced Research Centre (EXPEC ARC) will sponsor a three-year contract to develop an Extreme Expandable Packer for its Thru-tubing Water Shut-off challenge.
“Pragma shall develop a Thru-tubing Expandable Patch (TEP), employing additive manufacturing,” said Dan Purkis, Technical Director and inventor.
Calls for harmonisation at first major stakeholder workshop
The European Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG Sante) has officially started the evaluation process for the EU’s food contact materials legislation.
Member states, trade associations, NGOs, consultants and other specialists shared views at an inaugural workshop, hosted by DG Sante on 24 September in Brussels.
Since basic provisions set out 42 years ago, the EU legislation has never been evaluated. The FCM Regulation of 2004 describes the general principles of chemical safety and provides further powers to enact specific EU measures for specified materials and articles.
Supply and feedstock issues sent North American prices for polyethylene, solid polystyrene and PET bottle resins up in September, while regional prices for polypropylene saw a slight decline.
All grades of PE moved up by an average of 3 cents per pound, according to market sources contacted by Plastics News. Market analyst David Barry with PetroChem Wire in Houston said that ethane feedstock “was the big driver” in the September PE price hike.
Ethane-based ethylene cash costs averaged over 21 cents per pound in September, which Barry said was the highest level since January 2012. Those costs were running 10-11 cents for the first five months of the year.
The U.S.-China trade war is battering what was a fast-growing business for U.S. oil producers until a few months ago—U.S. crude oil shipments to China have “totally stopped” in recent weeks, the president of China Merchants Energy Shipping Co (CMES) told Reuters on Wednesday.
Since the middle of this year, the U.S. and China have been imposing tariffs on each other’s goods, escalating the row with tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of U.S. dollars worth of goods.
The latest escalation included China slapping a 10-percent tariff on U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) last month.
FESPA has confirmed its features programme for FESPA Eurasia 2018, the region’s leading event for screen, textile and digital wide format printing, which returns to Istanbul, Turkey, from 6-9 December 2018. Visitors to FESPA Eurasia will be able to experience, for the first time in the region, Print Make Wear Istanbul, as well as returning features, the World Wrap Masters Eurasia and signage demo workshop.
Following its successful launch at FESPA Global Print Expo 2018 and a popular response at FESPA Mexico, Print Make Wear will make its debut at FESPA Eurasia comprising live demonstrations of the latest in fast fashion production and garment decoration.
A new company with an eye to making disposable diapers that aren’t immortalized in landfills has just closed its second round of seed funding—including $500,000 from the University of Michigan’s program to invest in its own startups.
The U-M graduate and faculty startup Ecovia Renewables grows thickeners and superabsorbent biomolecules with teams of microbes, resulting in materials that are safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional synthetic materials. This round of seed funding brings its total to $1.6 million.
Organic Basics with Fulgar for sustainable fashion Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
The Danish brand Organic Basics will present three everyday garment collections, made using organic and recycled materials.
Two of these collections, SilverTech and Invisible, are both made with Q-Nova by Fulgar, Italy’s leading man-made fibre manufacturer.Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
Q-Nova is the innovative Made in Italy fibre in Nylon 6.6, produced with 99% recycled raw materials and developed entirely by Fulgar using a mechanical rather than chemical process. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
“Organic Basics has chosen to emphasise quality and innovation for its collections – from eco-friendly materials to exceptionally high production standards, creating a model for sustainable business,” says Fulgar. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
The Danish company promotes sustainable fashion for simple, eco-friendly clothing. This October it begins shipment of its latest SilverTech 2.0 range of underwear that is durable, comfortable, odour-killing and made from 100% sustainable materials, according to the company. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
“We started off as an underwear subscription service that launched on Kickstarter. But things really took off when we came out with our first line of SilverTech odorless underwear. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
Now we’re back with an improved line of SilverTech underwear. We enhanced our design for more comfort, heat regulation, durability, and breathability.
We partnered up with Polygiene, one of the most advanced and sustainable silver fabric treatments in the world, to give you an even better anti-microbial, odourless experience,” it explains. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
“All our underwear and tees are made with 100% recycled nylon, making them more comfortable, more breathable, and more durable, while reducing our environmental footprint.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
“Italian manufactured nylon is the best in the industry. They are well known for making super light, super soft, extremely breathable nylon with 100% recycled raw materials and zero chemical processing. Nylon is more durable and stronger than typical fabrics. It also wicks away moisture – keeping you as dry as possible.” Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion
During the crowdfunding campaign for the new men’s collection that consists of boxer briefs, socks, a classic tee, a long-sleeve tee, and a towel the brand managed to raise US$ 155,589 of the original US$ 30,000 goal. Organic Basics Fulgar sustainable fashion