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SPC Calls Biodegradability Additives’ Claims ‘Misleading Marketing’

The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) has taken a stand against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics, which are marketed as enhancing the sustainability of plastic by rendering the material biodegradable. The SPC’s formal position paper follows the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing crackdown on false and misleading environmental claims, including five enforcement … Read more »

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Are Biodegradable iPhone Displays Next?

University of Missouri researchers are using organic components in screen displays to develop biodegradable electronics. The researchers’ advancements could one day help reduce e-waste in the world’s landfills. The Missouri researchers collaborated with a team from the Federal University of ABC (UFABC) in Brazil to develop organic semiconductors that could … Read more »

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FTC Ruling ‘Bans Biodegradable’ on Products, ECM Biofilms Says

The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that ECM BioFilms acted deceptively by making false and unsubstantiated environmental claims by saying its product is biodegradable. ECM BioFilms claimed its product, a chemical additive, would make treated plastics biodegrade in a landfill within nine months to five years. The FTC’s final order … Read more »

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Biodegradable Plastic Pilot Plant Online

Carbios’ biodegradable plastics pilot plan is now online in France. Carbios’ new production platform incorporates the biochemistry company’s enzyme-based technology and enables the pilot-scale reproduction, with a capacity of 40 kilograms per hour, of all steps required to produce plastic film. The biodegradable plastic pilot plant, located at Carbios’ headquarters … Read more »

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TerraVerdae Achieves Commercial Pilot-Scale Bioplastic Production

TerraVerdae BioWorks, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and environmentally sustainable biomaterials, says it has achieved key milestones for the economic, commercial production for its line of polyhydroxyalkanoate- (PHA) based biomaterials. These include 10,000 liter production runs of the firm’s line of biodegradable microspheres for use in personal care … Read more »

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Honeywell, Metabolix to Develop Biodegradable Ingredients for Personal Care Products

Biomaterials company Metabolix and Honeywell have partnered to develop biodegradable biopolymers for use in cosmetics and personal care products. The new biobased microbeads can replace their synthetic, non-biodegradable plastic counterparts, which have been found in large quantities in the Great Lakes. Legislation is pending to ban microbeads. Using applicable ASTM … Read more »

Italian Court Issues Decision in Biodegradability Case

An Italian court has ruled in favor of biotech firm Novamont in its case against Kromabatch, which distributes oxo-biodegradable plastics additive d2w in Italy, over claims that traditional plastics with added d2w could be labeled “biodegradable” or “oxo-biodegradable,” Waste Management World reports. Novamont said that the Companies Section of the Court … Read more »

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Judge Upholds Biodegradable Plastics Claim

A judge has ruled that ECM BioFilms’ biodegradable plastics claim is supported by scientific evidence. In his Jan. 28 decision, Federal Trade Commission chief administrative law judge D. Michael Chappell rejected the FTC’s challenge to ECM’s claim that its plastics additive, ECM MasterBatch Pellets, causes plastics to biodegrade. He also … Read more »

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FTC Biodegradable Claim Smackdown Continues

The Federal Trade Commission has sent letters warning 15 marketers of “oxodegradable” plastic waste bags that their eco-claims may be deceptive. The FTC hasn’t released the names of the 15 companies. Most waste bags are intended to be deposited in landfills, where not enough oxygen likely exists for oxodegradable bags … Read more »

AkzoNobel Additive Makes Roads Safer, Cuts CO2

AkzoNobel Additive Makes Roads Safer, Cuts CO2

AkzoNobel has launched an additive for road salt that helps to protect against frost damage and makes driving safer. Inspired by the ability of certain animals to withstand cold and prevent ice forming in their bodies, Ecosel AsphaltProtection is a fully biodegradable additive for de-icing brine. It works by slowing … Read more »