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As the EU phases out a wide range of single-use plastics this year, investor interest is steadily increasing for adopting easily recyclable or bio-based plastics. In recent weeks, European biotechs Carbios and Avantium have taken big steps towards meeting rising demand.
With millions of tons of plastic waste littering the ocean floors, truly solving our massive plastics pollution problem appears to be a long way off. However, the appetite for a more sustainable plastics economy is growing. By 2028, we could see a doubling of the market for bioplastics — plastics designed to be biodegradable, derived from renewable biological sources, or both.
In the last few weeks, Carbios in France and Avantium in the Netherlands have been actively staking their claim in Europe’s nascent ‘circular’ plastics economy, where plastics come from recycled plastic waste or crops rather than fossil fuel sources.
Carbios is developing an enzyme to break down and recycle PET plastics more times than current recycling methods allow. The company completed a €114M capital increase earlier this month. The majority of the proceeds will bankroll the setup of a recycled PET manufacturing unit, which is planned to generate revenues by 2025.
Occidental Petroleum’s low-carbon unit said on Tuesday it plans to construct and operate a pilot plant that would use human-made carbon dioxide, instead of hydrocarbon-sourced feedstocks, to produce bio-ethylene, said Hydrocarbonprocessing. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
The pilot plant will be jointly developed by Occidental’s venture capital arm, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC, and bio-engineering startup, Cemvita Factory. It is expected to start functioning in 2022. Bio-ethylene is currently made from bio-ethanol, which is made from sugarcane.
The new technology produces bio-ethylene from carbon dioxide, water and light, which helps lower costs and carbon emissions, Cemvita’s Chief Executive Officer Moji Karimi said. Ethylene, widely used in the chemical industry, is a component of products ranging from plastic films to PVC piping and coolants.
Interest in low-carbon initiatives has grown in recent years, ranging from companies seeking to offset their climate impact to public officials worried about the slow pace of international agreements to cut emissions. Oxy Low Carbon Ventures in 2019 had invested in Cemvita to look at bio-manufacturing for Occidental’s chemical unit.
Omya International AG is pleased to announce the launch of OmyaPET, a new product family of functionalized Calcium Carbonates for PET applications.
The market introduction will begin in Europe and will be step-wise enlarged to other Regions. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
OmyaPET is a new and cost-effective opacifier for the production of white opaque PET bottles or white opaque BOPET film and ensures a lower environmental footprint in e.g. UHT milk bottles. OmyaPET improves the production costs for bottles without compromising on mechanical and optical properties.
Deniz Nahide Gulsah (Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Organic Chemistry, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey)
Sayil Cigdem (Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Division of Organic Chemistry, Avcilar, Istanbul, Turkey), email@example.com Additives Automotive Nonwoven
Oner Erhan (Marmara University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Textile Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
Atak Onur (Marmara University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Textile Engineering, Istanbul, Turkey)
Stasevych Maryna (Lviv Polytechnic National University, Department of Technology of Biologically Active Substances, Pharmacy and Biotechnology, Lviv, Ukraine)
A series of disperse dyes, 9,10-anthraquinone containing dithiocarbamate, thiourea and triazole fragments, were prepared via consecutive refunctionalization of aminoanthraquinones in our previous studies and their structures were confirmed by the 1H, 13C NMR, IR spectra, LC-MS and elemental analysis data. The obtained compounds were applied on polyester fabrics by the exhaustion method at 130°C at pH 4.0-5.0, and their dyeing properties were evaluated by color measurements, the washing fastness test and the light fastness test.
First Plastics Pact in the Pacific region galvanises organisations across Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island Nations for a circular economy for plastic
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Plastics Pact Network is pleased to welcome the ANZPAC Plastics Pact, which includes Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Island nations. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
Led by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), the ANZPAC Plastics Pact brings together 60 businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain and throughout the region, towards a circular economy for plastic, in which it never becomes waste or pollution. APCO has worked closely with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WRAP UK, who brought expertise to the development process and support when consulting with local stakeholders.
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact joins 10 other Plastics Pacts in Africa, Europe, and North and South America, as the second regional Plastics Pact of the Foundation’s global Plastics Pact Network, a unique platform to exchange learnings and best practices across countries and regions, to accelerate the transition to a circular economy for plastic.
Investigation reveals that ‘plastic waste coming from the UK to Turkey is an environmental threat, not an economic opportunity’
Turkey has become the latest destination for British plastic waste, which ends up dumped, burned or left to pollute the ocean, a Greenpeace investigation has found.
More than half of the plastic the British government says is being recycled are sent overseas, often to countries without the necessary infrastructure to do so. The UK exported 688,000 tonnes of discarded plastic packaging in 2020, a daily average of 1.8m kilos. Just 486,000 tonnes were recycled in the UK.
China was a key destination, but since it banned the import of many types of plastic in 2017, Turkey has emerged as the main receiver of British plastic waste. UK exports to the country increased from 12,000 tonnes in 2016 to 209,642 tonnes in 2020, about 30% of the UK’s plastic waste exports. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
Instead of being recycled, however, Greenpeace investigators in Turkey found plastic waste from leading supermarkets dumped, burned, piled into mountains and left to spill into rivers and the sea.
By adjusting processing conditions — the temperature, time, or amount of catalyst used — the researchers were able to fine-tune the technology to create jet fuel and high-value lubricants. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
A catalytic process developed by Washington State University (WSU) researchers reportedly can efficiently convert waste polyethylene-based products into jet fuel and high-value lubricants. The technology is able to convert 90% of the plastic within an hour at moderate temperatures, and it can be fine-tuned to create specific products. Results of the study, led by graduate student Chuhua Jia and Hongfei Lin, associate professor in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, were published in the Chem Catalysis journal.
“In the recycling industry, the cost of recycling is key. This work is a milestone for us to advance this new technology to commercialization,” Lin told Tina Hilding, writing in the WSU Insider.
- Clariant unveils latest color trend forecast for the automotive industry
- Back to the future – looking forward to brilliant shades, metallic effects and new formulations for autonomous vehicle detection
- Experience 28 trend colors like never before in Clariant’s new Virtual Showroom
Clariant, one of the world’s best known pigment producers, has released its new Automotive Styling Shades 2025 Trendbook, including an interactive digital version for the first time. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
The much-anticipated Trendbook, published every two years, highlights how globalization has made color preference more uniform worldwide than it was 20 years ago, with white still the most preferred shade in 2020 rounding off ten years of uninterrupted dominance. Yet, as people around the globe look for joy, beauty and cultural sharing after the impacts of the pandemic color is back in the air.
Plastics embedded with enzymes can completely biodegrade into organic materials in a simple compost bin, claim researchers. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
The challenge of reducing the presence of plastic waste in the environment is spawning new solutions as well as reviving some older ideas, such as the use of enzymes. These proteins act as biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions. While there have been attempts at creating plastics that enzymes and microbes will “eat,” they have never been produced successfully on a large scale.
Breaking down plastics in the environment in a suitable time frame without leaving behind microplastics has proven to be a problem. Even biodegradable plastic, where there has been some progress, is not a magic bullet because it still takes months for it to break down in the environment. Perhaps its biggest handicap is that it cannot be processed in recycling facilities designed for materials such as PET, HDPE, PS, or other high-use polymers.
Recently, a team of researchers led by Ting Xu at UC Berkeley, a PhD graduate of UMass Polymer Science and Engineering, has discovered a way to engineer plastics that can completely biodegrade into organic materials right in a compost bin.
Japan’s economy shrank by an annualised 5.1% in the first quarter, weighed by poor consumption, Cabinet Office data showed on Tuesday. Additives Automotive Nonwoven
The first-quarter decline was mainly due to a 1.4% drop in private consumption, which has been weighed by extended state of emergency COVID-19 curbs.
Exports rose by 2.3% year on year in the first quarter, slowing down markedly from the 11.7% expansion in the last three months of last year.
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