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BMW i Ventures has invested in Natural Fiber Welding, Inc. (NFW), a creator of all-natural, plastic-free alternatives to animal- or petrochemical-based materials such as leathers, foams, and textiles. The financing round will enable the company to scale from the batch processing of materials to commercial roll-to-roll production.
NFW has developed novel technologies to replace incumbent petrochemical-based materials (e.g. synthetic leathers) and enable natural inputs to be shaped and molded into a durable, all-natural and fully recyclable leather alternative called MIRUM.
MIRUM is made with natural, biodegradable polymers. The finished materials are never coated in polyurethane and use no synthetic binders.
MIRUM is far less resource-intensive to produce than animal leather and synthetic leather. Research suggests that animal leather requires the emission of between 2-12 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per kg of animal leather produced and can vary greatly depending on where animals are raised, how tanning is achieved, etc. Synthetic polyurethane-based leathers require around 5 kg carbon dioxide equivalent per kg of synthetic polymer produced.
LG Chem is pushing to expand its share in the eco-friendly materials market to meet growing demand for products that are environmentally sound and sustainable.
The chemicals, batteries and biotech arm of LG Group announced Monday the launch of LETZero, a new brand for its eco-friendly products including recyclable and biodegradable materials, and perishable plastics.
“The LETZero brand is a compound word of let and zero, meaning zero harm to the environment and zero increase in carbon emissions,” a company official said.
With the new brand, LG Chem is seeking to strengthen its image as an eco-friendly company and improve its presence in such markets, which are expanding rapidly due to the increasing number of so-called “greensumers,” who purchase products that help protect the environment, the company said. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
The move is in line with LG Chem Shin Hak-cheol’s plan to shift to sustainable businesses. On July 14, the CEO said the company will invest 3 trillion won ($2.6 billion) in bio, recyclable and renewable energy industry materials by 2025.
Plastic pollution is one of the threats with the greatest impact and is now starting to become a huge problem. Plastic waste chokes shorelines and oceans, in part because plastic polymers do not easily decompose. This would not be the case if every plastic, like the new one, would break down in about a week in sunlight and air.
The novel degradable plastic material has been developed by researchers from China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology, and it came into existence while working on an advanced type of chemical sensor. The researchers were developing a polymer film that changes color depending on pH levels. But then they noticed that the plastic’s natural deep red color faded quickly, and the plastic film broke apart over several days in sunlight. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
“In conjugated polymers such as this, which have a long backbone chain of alternating double and single bonds, the material’s color comes from its molecular structure – long chains of monomers – rather than a dye. Loss of that color means the chains have broken down into their monomer units,” explain researchers.
Chemical recycling (aka advanced recycling) of waste plastics continues to struggle, and few of the 35 or so companies involved in this technology are actually making and selling the products they promised. Considering the number of patents — and there are hundreds of them that date back some 30 years — for processes such as pyrolysis and converting polymers back to monomers to use as feedstock for new plastics, it amazes me that many of these companies don’t have much to show in the way of actual products. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
I have discovered a couple of chemical recycling success stories, however. New Hope Energy’s Trinity Oaks plant in Tyler, TX, is operating 24/7 as it sells its products to customers that include Chevron Phillips, which is hooking up with many of the waste-to-fuel companies to bolster its sustainability goals. As PlasticsToday reported a few months ago, New Hope’s biggest problem is meeting demand. The demand for solutions to the plastic waste problem is creating a shortage of technology to deal with it.
As a side note, New Hope’s founder and CEO, Johnny Doyle Combs, passed away on May 3 of this year. He and his wife, Karen, founded New Hope Energy in 2013 to fulfill a “personal mission” to pioneer a technology that “keeps plastic out of the ocean and puts it back to work in the economy,” said Combs’ obituary.
Bioplastics, including so-called compostable plastics, are showing up in grocery aisles, restaurants and even office supply stores. But are these products actually a solution to the plastic pollution crisis? The short answer is no.
The term bioplastics is a broad term to describe bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics. But these terms don’t all mean the same thing.
For example, biodegradability isn’t exclusive to bio-based plastics, and not all biodegradable plastics are compostable. And very few compostable plastics are compostable in the environment, or in your backyard composter.
Huh? Don’t worry, by the end of this blog you’ll understand the distinctions and limitations of these categories of bioplastics and, most importantly, why none of them are solutions to the plastic pollution crisis. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
Bio-based plastics can be made entirely from renewable biomass — like sugarcane and corn — or from a combination of renewable biomass and fossil fuel (oil and gas) sources. However, even if they are made entirely from corn, bio-based plastics don’t always biodegrade quickly into organic materials at their end-of-life.
Spandex market performed well in the first half of 2021 benefitted from hot demand from elastic fabrics for sportswear, casual wear and yoga clothes and pandemic prevention field. Price of spandex continued rising rapidly and the increment was the highest among major raw materials of textiles and apparels. Attracted by apparently improving profit, the launch of some new units has accelerated since the second half of last year. How will spandex fare in the second half of year?
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Prices of spandex rose substa The growth rate of new spandex capacity was only at 6.5% in 2020-2021 while that of demand was above 10% when the application of spandex has become wider. In the first quarter of 2021, price of spandex hiked by around 40-50% compared with the last quarter of 2020 and doubled on annual basis with support from macro market and improving downstream demand. In the second quarter, price of conventional spandex rose by around 30% compared with Q1 and surged by 132%-148% year on year. Supply of spandex remained tight, including 10D-30D and 40D, which was mainly bolstered by demand from dralon fabrics, thermal fabrics, fabrics for underwear and sportswear and warp knitted velvet fabrics. The delivery of spandex needed to queue. Some downstream buyers were even willing to pay with premium when the profit was high.ntially in the first half of 2021 and the increment of spandex 20D-40D was at 80.2%-97.8%. Supply was short amid hot demand.
The country is leading the region when it comes to food security but its recycling industry is still emerging, said PepsiCo regional executive
Sustainability has shifted from a buzz word to a priority for corporations as climate change and global warming related challenges are becoming increasingly common and damaging. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
The UAE has met these obstacles head on, envisioning a food security strategy which would make it the top country on the Global Food Security Index by 2051, explained Aamer Sheikh, general manager and president – MENA & Pakistan, PepsiCo.
The country is still in nascent development stages when it comes to recycling, which is a pillar of sustainability, said Sheikh.
In a wide-ranging interview with Arabian Business, Sheikh further discussed sustainability in the region and highlights the initiatives PepsiCo has undertaken in this area.
Sheikh also outlines Pepsi’s participation as beverages partner in Expo 2020, stressing how the global exhibition’s themes are outlined with the company’s vision for a greener world.
The purpose of this document is to highlight the chemistry issues that FDA recommends that a manufacturer of recycled plastic consider during the manufacturer’s evaluation of a recycling process for producing material suitable for food-contact applications.
This document supersedes the December 1992 “Points to Consider for the Use of Recycled Plastics in Food Packaging: Chemistry Considerations” (1992 “Points to Consider”). Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
The possibility that chemical contaminants in plastic materials intended for recycling may remain in the recycled material and could migrate into the food the material contacts is one of the major considerations for the safe use of recycled plastics for food-contact applications.
Other aspects of plastics recycling, such as microbial contamination and structural integrity of the recycled plastic, are also important, but are not discussed in this document.
Subsequent to the project accomplished by Biffa and AMUT for the Seaham state-of-the-art recycling facility, one of the most modern and technically advanced in the world, the two players join forces again for Biffa’s new investment in its facility in Washington, Sunderland, UK. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
During the prior collaboration, AMUT provided the UK waste material management organization with a custom-engineered 4,000 kg/h PET bottle recycling line, integrated with its ‘MINI-PRF’ frontend, for their plant capable of recycling 1.3bn plastic bottles, each year. A typical example of AMUT’s sorting and washing integration process in which the customer entrusts the AMUT technology with the bale at the entrance of the plant, obtaining a flake of very high purity at the end.
Following the first successful installation, Biffa has confirmed its confidence in the Italian recycling technology provider, for their high-density polyethene (HDPE) new expansion project, to recycle 1.6bn milk bottles a year. AMUT contributed to the leading UK recycler and waste management manufacturer’s infrastructure, with its 2,000 kg/h recycling solution.
“Biffa is committed to enabling the circular economy in the UK and increasing plastic recycling is a key part of our strategy – by 2030 we hope to quadruple our currently plastic recycling capacity. Following a successful partnership with AMUT at our state-of-the-art Seaham facility we’re pleased to be working with them again at our Washington facility where we are adding a further 14,000 tonnes of capacity to recycle HDPE plastic,” said Biffa Regional Engineering and Projects Manager Martin Brass.
A growing number of brands are helping to pave the way for a more sustainable future. Degradableplastic Spandex BioFiber
For years, sustainability served as one small facet of broader business plans and goals, falling to the wayside of other initiatives like growth strategies and digital transformation. Lately, however, it has quickly become one of the most important priorities for industry leaders, executives and customers across the globe—especially coming out of such a disruptive and impactful year as 2020. The fashion industry, in particular, is one in which consumers are calling for widespread change in terms of how products are made, as well as what make up products and how they are managed. More and more brands are pledging their commitment to fulfilling these demands and are paving the way toward a more sustainable future.
The fashion industry overall accounts for around 32 million of the 57 million tons of polyester used annually, only 14 percent of which is made from recycled material. In addition, according to the UN Environment Programme, the industry produces an estimated 10 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. At this pace, these numbers could surge more than 50 percent by 2030 without proper intervention.
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