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Bill Gates, Total Invest $14M in Bioproduct Technology

Microsoft founder Bill Gates and global energy giant Total are investing $14 million to help commercialize a technology that may produce cheaper bioplastics and biofuels. Renmatix’s Platrose technology converts waste biomass to cellulosic sugars, which then can be used as feedstock for chemicals and fuels. This process uses supercritical water … Read more »

Packaging Sector Driving Strong Bioplastics Market Growth

The $30.8 billion bioplastics market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.8 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to a report by Big Market Research. Major drivers for this growth include growing environmental concerns and the packaging sectors moving towards biodegradable plastics, the report says. The bioplastics … Read more »

Toyota Tsusho Backs Bioplastic Tech in Race to Bring 100% Plant-Based PET to Market

Toyota Tsusho, the Toyota Group’s trading arm, is now an investor and corporate partner in sustainable technology company Anellotech, which is working to make 100 percent bio-based PET plastic a reality. The companies declined to comment on Toyota Tsusho’s investment amount, but said it has been used to fund development … Read more »

Ford, Jose Cuervo Make Car Parts from Agave Waste

Ford Motor Company says it has teamed up with Jose Cuervo to explore the use of the tequila producer’s agave plant byproduct to develop more sustainable bioplastics to use in Ford vehicles. If the companies are successful in developing a composite, it could help reduce vehicle weight and lower energy … Read more »

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Will Lego’s $150 Million Sustainable Plastics Challenge Make Biobased the Norm?

Lego is pumping millions of dollars into its quest to find new, sustainable materials for its popular plastic toy bricks. While the company’s goal with this initiative is to build better toys, it may end up shifting the plastics industry away from its oil-based roots. “We expect both established and … Read more »

Major Firms Backing ‘New Plastics Economy’

Major Firms Backing ‘New Plastics Economy’

A plastics initiative that aims to increase recycling and reuse as well as bioplastics has launched with the backing of major companies including Amcor, Unilever, Coca-Cola, Dow Chemical and Mars.

Recycled, Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

Recycled, Bioplastics’ $3.5 Billion Savings Opportunity

An industry-wide expansion of sustainable plastic initiatives such Dell’s recycled plastic and Algix’s bioplastic could deliver $3.5 billion in environmental savings, according to a paper by Trucost.

What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

What Does the Dow-DuPont Merger Mean for Biomaterials?

Chemical giants Dow and DuPont agreed to merge late last year, forming a $130 billion company that will split into three companies focusing on agriculture, material science and specialty products such as biomaterials. But new analysis shows this may not be the “merger of equals” touted by Dow and DuPont. … Read more »

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6 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Watch in 2016

McDonald’s rolled out its new packaging this month along with a pledge to source 100 percent of all fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020. This follows the fast-food chain’s November announcement that its centrally purchased packaging in Europe is 100 percent sustainably sourced. This includes cartons, cups, … Read more »

DuPont, ADM Biotech Will Enable 100% Renewable Chemicals, Plastics

DuPont, ADM Biotech Will Enable 100% Renewable Chemicals, Plastics

DuPont Industrial Biosciences and Archer Daniels Midland today said they have developed a “game-changing” technology — a process to develop a molecule that can be converted into several biobased chemicals and plastics with applications in packaging, textiles, engineering plastics and other industries. The companies have developed a method for producing … Read more »

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TerraVerdae Expands Bioplastic Portfolio

Bioplastics and biomaterials develoer TerraVerdae BioWorks has partnered with biopolymer firm PolyFerm in a move that TerraVerdae says will allow it to expand its elastomeric PHA biomaterials portfolio into the biodegradable thermoelastomer market. PolyFerm has developed the only line of biodegradable thermoelastomers in the industry made entirely from renewable feedstocks. … Read more »