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-Solvay launches bio-based nylon fibre

Solvay is globally launching Bio Amni, the first partially bio-based polyamide textile yarn developed by the company, said the company.

It is a polyamide 5.6, which is produced entirely at the company’s textile industrial unit in Brazil. The development of Bio Amni® follows the growing global trend in demand for more sustainable textile products, especially bio-based materials. Solvay’s research and innovation teams worked on the creation of the product for two years.

“Sustainability is one of the main drivers of the global textile market,” says Antonio Leite, global vice president of polyamides and fibers at Solvay. “Solutions and products must add value to the entire consumer chain – from its base to end consumers of textiles – and have less of an impact on the environment. Solvay’s Bio Amni® is part of a portfolio evolution to offer customers the most innovative products on the market.”

The textile sector currently faces three main challenges in relation to the environment and sustainability: resources, the production process, and disposal. Solvay already has developed sustainable alternatives in the production process, using cleaner energy sources, closed water circuits, and zero effluent emissions at its industrial unit in Brazil, as well as more biodegradable products to support more sustainable disposal.

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Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. (MCC; Tokyo) has entered into a license agreement with Mura Technology, Ltd. pertaining to a process (HydroPRS) for manufacturing raw materials (regenerated oils) for chemical products from plastic wastes.

MCC is continuing to consider the conversion of raw materials to non-fossil-based materials and the development of technologies for chemical recycling of plastic waste in order to realize a circular economy.

Based on this license agreement with Mura, MCC is planning to introduce HydroPRS to accelerate detailed studies toward the commercialization of chemical recycling of plastic wastes. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

HydroPRS is an innovative process for converting plastics into regenerated chemicals and oils utilizing high-temperature and high-pressure supercritical water. Compared with the conventional direct pyrolysis technology, it is possible to obtain regenerated oils with a high yield and of the same quality as petroleum-derived raw materials (which can be put into existing facilities without pretreatment). With this process, we believe that plastic wastes that were previously incinerated or landfilled can be chemically recycled and enable significant reduction of CO2 emissions and fossil fuel consumption throughout the plastic life cycle, which will greatly contribute to the realization of a circular economy.

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-VinylPlus unveils next 10-Year commitment

At the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) 2021 #TOWARDS2030 today, VinylPlus officially launched VinylPlus 2030, the next 10-year Commitment of the European PVC industry to sustainable development.

Through VinylPlus, the entire PVC value chain worked together with its stakeholders to build bottom-up the next Commitment, that will expand on 20 years of experience as a frontrunner in the circular economy. The VSF2021 was held as a hybrid event, live from Brussels with an online audience, and brought together more than 530 participants from 44 countries. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

Along with the launch of the next Commitment, VSF2021 celebrated the completion of the second 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the Europe PVC industry and its main achievements of the last two decades in PVC recycling, product stewardship, research and innovation and improvement in the environmental footprint of PVC. The VinylPlus® Product Label Awards Ceremony celebrated four companies, Epwin, Finstral, Internorm and profine, all partners of VinylPlus, who were awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label in 2020. The Product Label is granted to companies who offer PVC products with the highest sustainability performance. The VinylPlus® Product Label is the very first certification scheme that has been recognised as Responsible Sourcing Certification Scheme within BREEAM®, the world’s best-known green building standard, for plastic building and construction products.

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 -LyondellBasell and Neste forge waste-to-polymers agreement

Companies say they will scale up European production of recycled-content resin made from used cooking oils.

Finland-based Neste and Netherlands-based LyondellBasell have announced what they call a long-term commercial agreement under which LyondellBasell will use Neste RE, a feedstock produced from 100 percent discarded materials such as used cooking oils and fats. The feedstock will be processed through the polymer cracker at LyondellBasell’s Wesseling, Germany, plant into polymers and sold under the CirculenRenew brand name. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

LyondellBasell’s CirculenRenew product line consist of polymers linked to renewable-based feedstocks, while polymers made from mechanically recycled materials are marketed under the brand name CirculenRecover and those linked to advanced (molecular) recycling are called CirculenRevive.

“We are delighted that our strategic relationship with LyondellBasell is further strengthened with this long-term commercial agreement,” says Mercedes Alonso, executive vice president of renewable polymers and chemicals at Neste.

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-More than 100 Companies Support EPR for Packaging

A group of businesses and stakeholders that are drawn from across the packaging value chain are calling for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

More than 100 businesses in the packaging value chain, together with more than 50 other organizations, support the move to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) packaging collection and recycling.

The statement, published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, has been signed by brands and retailers (including Beiersdorf, Danone, Diageo, Ferrero, FrieslandCampina, H&M, Henkel, Inditex, L’Oréal, Mars, Mondi, Nestlé, PepsiCo, Pick n Pay, Reckitt, Schwarz Group, The Coca-Cola Co., Unilever and Walmart), manufacturers and recyclers (including Borealis, Berry Global, DS Smith, Mondi, Tetra Pak, Indorama Ventures and Veolia), investors such as European Investment Bank and Closed Loop Partners, and NGOs including WWF, The Recycling Partnership, The Pew Charitable Trusts and As You Sow.

Part of the statement reads:

“As a group of businesses and stakeholders that are drawn from across the packaging value chain, we are calling for the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for packaging.

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-Borealis to step up Project Stop’s plastics recycling reach in Indonesia

Austrian chemical firm Borealis has announced a significant financial commitment to expand Project STOP, an initiative it co-founded with SYSTEMIQ in 2017 to prevent plastic waste from entering the world’s oceans. With this expansion, Project STOP will extend effective circular waste management to 2 million people in Indonesia, with the goal of properly managing 25,000 tonnes/year of plastic once at full scale by 2025.

The ultimate objective is to enhance the circular economy for plastics in the region.

Project STOP works hand-in-hand with city governments to create effective circular waste management systems in high-need areas of Southeast Asia.

The initiative supports cities with technical expertise to achieve zero-leakage of waste, increase recycling, build economically sustainable programs, creating new jobs and reducing the harmful impact of mismanaged waste on public health, tourism and fisheries. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

Borealis to step up Project Stop’s plastics recycling reach in Indonesia

-Pricing power gives plastic packaging manufacturers an earnings boost

IRONICALLY, the sharp rise in resin prices has helped plastic packaging manufacturers defy expectations of a margin and profit hit from higher raw material prices, as cost increases have been successfully passed on to buyers.

Since late last year, resin prices have soared meteorically but instead of the usual margin squeeze, manufacturers in the sector have been able to pass on the raw material price increases by raising the average selling price (ASP) of their products.

Not only has global industry consolidation given plastic packaging players greater economies of scale, but robust demand for plastic packaging brought about by the pandemic and lockdowns across the world has placed negotiating power in their hands. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

“It is a combination of factors that include the global consolidation of the plastic industry as well as the high demand for plastic manufacturers’ products. The demand rose so quickly during the pandemic that clients relented to their price changes,” notes CGS-CIMB Research analyst Kamarul Anwar, who covers plastic packaging companies such as Thong Guan Industries Bhd, Daibochi Bhd and Tomypak Holdings Bhd.

Pricing power gives plastic packaging manufacturers an earnings boost

-Dutch hydrogen market could be established by 2027

A widely traded hydrogen market could come into place in the Netherlands by 2027, according to the conclusions of a hydrogen exchange definition study that were released earlier this week. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

The Hydrogen Exchange Initiative, or “HyXchange”, was funded by Dutch grid operator Gasunie and four Dutch port authorities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Groningen and North Sea Port – with an aim to explore the practical aspects of how a hydrogen exchange could be founded.

“There will be a growing demand for climate-neutral hydrogen, generated by a multitude of sources, creating the necessity for a market to optimise supply and demand as well as transparent pricing,” according to the HyXchange study summary document.

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-Amcor to realize a circular economy for plastics in the United States

Amcor announced its support for the launch of the U.S. Plastics Pact’s Roadmap to 2025, an aggressive national strategy for how the U.S. Pact, Amcor and other signatory organizations – known as Activators – will achieve four 2025 targets, said the company. ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

Launched today, the plan delineates specific actions, responsibilities and timeframes necessary to realize a circular economy for plastics in the United States.

Launched in August 2020, the U.S. Plastics Pact is a consortium led by The Recycling Partnership and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s global network. The network creates a holistic ecosystem of industry stakeholders with a common strategy: to address plastic waste at its source.

“Amcor is committed to creating responsible packaging that is recycled and reused,” said Amcor VP of Sustainability David Clark. “Our innovation is designing more and more of our packaging to be recycled and using more recycled content, but we need progress on infrastructure and consumer participation too.

Amcor to realize a circular economy for plastics in the United States

-Machinex to launch artificially intelligent MACH Vision and Intell Platform at Waste Expo

New AI-powered vision system provides understanding of material composition in real-time ClosedLoop Paraxylene Hydrogen

Machinex will officially present its new high-tech products: MACH Vision and Intell Platform, to the industry at  Waste Expo 2021, in Las Vegas, June 29th and 30th.

MACH Vision and Intell use Machinex artificial intelligence,   developed by its research and development team, and also compatible for integration with its SamurAI sorting robotic technology and other high-tech products for MRFs. According to Machinex, these products give the company complete autonomy and better control over the efficiency of its equipment to deliver high-performance turnkey recycling systems to its customers.

MACH Vision

MACH Vision is a data acquisition station powered by AI, which can use a combination of field-proven technologies, such as infrared hyperspectral technology, visual recognition, and metal detectors to analyze material streams. This vision system provides a great understanding of material composition in real-time, allowing MRF operators to benefit from valuable data on system efficiency and the ever-changing composition of materials in the recovery stream. With this information, operators can quickly respond to changing trends to optimize plant performance.

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