Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile 15-12-2021

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

-United Nations recommends bioplastics as a sustainable alternative to conventional plastics

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) recently published a report assessing the sustainability of agricultural plastic products.[1] “The report recommends replacing non-biodegradable conventional polymers with biodegradable bio-based polymers. We welcome this recognition of the environmental benefits of these bioplastic products,” commented François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP).

The FAO study focuses on agricultural plastic products used in a range of different value chains. An included qualitative risk assessment analyses 13 specific agricultural products. “Significantly, for six out of 13 assessed products, biodegradable bio-based plastics are recommended as preferable substitutes for conventional plastic material”, said de Bie. The list of recommended products included mulch films, fishing gear, polymer coated fertilizers, tree guards and shelters, plant support twines, and pesticide impregnated fruit protection bags.

Mulch films are of crucial importance as they represent the second largest share of plastic films used in agriculture. “Mulch films made from biodegradable plastics provide significant benefits where retrieval, recycling, and reuse pose significant problems. These are specifically designed to biodegrade effectively and can therefore be incorporated into the soil post-harvest,” explained François de Bie. In contrast, especially thin non-biodegradable mulching films display a poor selection, management, and retrieval, which can lead to a significant level of pollution on the fields. Even where conventional mulch films are removed from the field, they are often heavily contaminated with soils and plant residues, which inhibits the recycling process.

The FAO report also emphasises the need to develop polymers that are biodegradable in the marine environment. “Although any kind of littering, should be avoided, a certain level of unintentional loss of fishing gear will always take place. Therefore, it is important to foster the adoption of biodegradable solutions”, stated the Chairman of EUBP. In the case of used products contaminated with fish residues, e.g., fish boxes usually made from conventional plastics, biopolymers, according to FAO, may ease the recycling process.

United Nations recommends bioplastics as a sustainable alternative to conventional plastics

-Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Industry was valued at 6443.03 Million USD in 2020 and will grow with a Highest CAGR of 3.42% from Forecast Period 2021 to 2027

The Global Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films market was valued at 6443.03 Million USD in 2020 and will grow with a CAGR of 3.42% from 2020 to 2027

Global Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Market Report is segmented by, trends, latest analytics, top players, application usage, and various important geographical dividends. Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films market characteristics such as limitations, the future aspects of each section, and growth drivers have been covered in the report. combines market essential details, definitions, categorization, professional market study, and analysis of significant features.

The global Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films market was valued at 6443.03 Million USD in 2020 and will grow with a CAGR of 3.42% from 2020 to 2027, based on HNY Research newly published report.

The prime objective of this report is to provide the insights on the post COVID-19 impact which will help market players in this field evaluate their business approaches. Also, this report covers market segmentation by major market verdors, types, applications/end users and geography(North America, East Asia, Europe, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East, Africa, Oceania, South America).

The use of bio-based materials as food packaging materials is on a continuous rise, owing to their advantages over fossil-based plastics, such as use of renewable resources in their production and, in many cases, the biodegradability and/or compostability of the finished product, which offers an alternative to disposal in landfills. The most common bio-based plastic synthesized from bio-based monomer is polylactic acid. Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

PLA is an aliphatic polyester produced by the polymerization of lactic acid (2-hydroxypropionic acid). Lactic acid can be produced synthetically from hydrogen cyanide and acetaldehyde, or naturally by anaerobic fermentation by bacteria or certain fungi of carbon substrates, either pure (e.g., glucose and sucrose) or impure (e.g., starch). Bio-PLA films can hold creases or twists, a property normally lacking in plastic films. The physical properties of PLA make it an ideal candidate for replacement of fossil-based plastics in several application areas of low-density polyethylene (LDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Positive growth indicators in the food & beverage industry and increase in demand for food packaging for prolonged preservation drive the bio-PLA films market. Moreover, rapid adoption of these films as a synthetic plastic in agricultural applications, such as cultivation of soft fruits and vegetables, has reduced harsh environmental impacts, leading to market growth. However, high product cost in comparison with synthetic and semi-synthetic films restrains the growth. In addition, relatively low vapor barrier and mechanical properties of the product may hamper industry growth in the future.

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bio-polylactic Acid (PLA) Films Industry was valued at 6443.03 Million USD in 2020 and will grow with a Highest CAGR of 3.42% from Forecast Period 2021 to 2027

-Funding biopolymer research is better than fracking

Duncan Clark, head of operations at biopolycarbonate research platform Teysha Technologies, discusses how investing in biodegradable polymer alternatives could lead to the termination of single-use plastics for good.

The Plastic Waste Makers Index has reported that 55% of the world’s plastic waste is produced by just 20 companies. While the report stimulates the necessary ‘name and shame’ conversations, it’s now time for the most influential businesses to take responsibility for driving the climate crisis.

National Geographic estimates that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, spanning from the west coast of North America to Japan, is comprised of 1.8 trillion plastic pieces.

If the report by the Plastic Waste Makers Index is to be believed, just 20 companies could be responsible for more than half of this debris.

While major oil and gas giants each produce 5% of single-use plastics, global banks are being held accountable for lending more than $3.1bn each to virgin polymer producers. Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

If these companies are to take responsibility for their huge plastic waste footprints, they need to start investing in the search for cheaper, durable and truly sustainable alternatives. But how can this be achieved?

Digging for liquid gold

Currently, only 14% of oil fracked globally is used to make plastic.

But our increased reliance on this material over the next few decades will undeniably increase the need for these destructive activities.

Therefore, the solution for these companies is not to dig a little deeper, but rather switch the focus to creating a biodegradable, sustainable polymer with the strength and convenience of traditional plastic.

Financing future research, not fracking

If researchers were given just half of the funding granted by the world’s biggest banks, we’d be a lot further along in the transition to zero-waste plastic.

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

-Aquafil S p A : Giulio Bonazzi speaker at Fashion Futures Live on sustainable alternatives for all brands

Giulio Bonazzi speaker at Fashion Futures Live on sustainable alternatives for all brands

Fashion Futures Live is back. The two-day event “Fashion Futures – The future is now” will bring together global, regional, and local fashion communities to create a dynamic exchange of knowledge, ideas, and expertise. Fashion Futures will build on the topics discussed at the last event in June and focus on the themes of sustainability, innovation, diversity & culture, and entrepreneurship.

Giulio Bonazzi will be the speaker of the panel “Sustainable Alternatives for All Brands” Saturday, 11th December 2021from 10:15 to 10:45 (Riyadh Time).

As the fashion industry evolves, more and more brands are looking toward sustainable materials for reasons of environmental protection, water conservation, and the minimization of production costs. Today, we count on hundreds of alternative sustainable materials, cheap or expensive, ranging from apple leather to ECONYL® regenerated nylon. Between software, new textiles, and actions we can take, brands can work towards being more environmentally friendly.

The session with Giulio Bonazzi will also host the speakers Sakhaa Abdul, Coded Nation’s co-founder, and Andras Forgacs, Modern Meadow’s co-founder.

Launched in Riyadh in 2019 as the Kingdom’s first ever dedicated fashion event, Fashion Futuresis an initiative from the Fashion Commission aimed at supporting the creation of the fashion ecosystem in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Reengineered in 2021, the Fashion Futures bespoke digital platform connects audiences from all around the world to its annual summit in Riyadh.

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

-Freudenberg Breaks Ground on Apparel Interlinings Competence Center

Base material finishing and coating is to be consolidated at Sant´Omero, Italy site

Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel Europe has started construction work on its competence center for finishing and coating base material for the apparel industry at its site in Sant´Omero, Italy as scheduled in December. Further processing of base material is to begin in Italy in early 2023. The Weinheim site will then become the competence center for interlining base materials.

In January 2021, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel Europe (Freudenberg) announced plans to set up two competence centers. In future, the company will concentrate on manufacturing base material for interlinings at the Weinheim location. Base material finishing and coating is to be bundled at Sant´Omero. For this purpose, production plant will be relocated from Weinheim to Sant´Omero and recommissioned in a newly-built production hall.

“Thanks to the outstanding work of our employees, this complex project is running to schedule despite the corona pandemic, and we have now reached this important milestone,” Dr. Hannah Koeppen, General Manager Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel Europe, says.

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

-Carbon-neutral polycarbonate hits the market

Materials manufacturer Covestro has begun supplying what it says is the world’s first climate-neutral polycarbonate from its Uerdingen site in Germany. The Makrolon polycarbonate grades are claimed to be climate neutral from cradle to gate, thanks to the use of renewable electricity in the production processes and the introduction of raw materials sourced from mass-balanced biowaste and residues.

Since receiving ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) Plus mass-balance certification for two of its European sites at the end of last year, Covestro has been supplying polycarbonates partly sourced from renewable feedstock. These are attributed via the mass-balance approach and lead to a significant carbon footprint reduction. Now, the company has acquired Guarantee of Origin certificates for its Uerdingen plant from unsubsidized photovoltaic renewable electricity plants in Germany. These are allocated to the specific electricity needs of selected mass-balanced products for chlorine electrolysis – essential to the production of polycarbonate – and other process steps. As a result, selected Makrolon RE grades are now climate neutral.

Sucheta Govil, the chief commercial officer of Covestro, commented, “I am very proud of the launch of this climate-neutral product. This is another milestone in pursuing our sustainability vision. We are accompanying our customers in accelerating the transition to the circular economy, as well as helping to build an industrial ecology that favors circularity.”

The company notes that it is gradually converting to alternative raw material sources including renewables as part of a comprehensive program to drive forward the transition to a circular economy. Integral to this program is the adoption of the mass-balance approach, which is a chain-of-custody method that allows fossil and alternative feedstock to be mixed in production but separated in bookkeeping. It can track materials through the value chains and allows attribution of alternative feedstock, like bio-based raw materials, to selected end products.

Carbon-neutral polycarbonate hits the market

-Reliance, partner bid to acquire textile company Sintex

RIL is partnering with Assets Care & Reconstruction Enterprises Ltd. to bid for Sintex Industries under a court-designated bankruptcy resolution process.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL), along with a partner, are among the companies which have bid to take over bankrupt textile firm Sintex Industries Ltd., the latter said in a stock exchange filing on Sunday.

RIL is partnering with Assets Care & Reconstruction Enterprises Ltd. to bid for Sintex Industries under a court-designated bankruptcy resolution process.

Other bidders include GHCL Ltd. Easygo Textiles Pvt., and Himatsingka Ventures Pvt., which is working with Shrikant Himatsingka and Dinesh Kumar.

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“Resolution Plans received shall be evaluated by the Interim Resolution Professional and then shall be placed before the Committee of Creditors, for its further consideration,” Sintex Industries said in the filing.

The move by Mukesh Ambani is only the second time RIL has evinced interest in an insolvent company. Sintex provides fabric to global fashion brands comprising Diesel, Armani, Burberry, and Hugo Boss.Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

Bioplastics PLA Aquafil Carbon-neutral polycarbonate Textile

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