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Online Tool Compares Plastics’ Carbon Footprints

Online Tool Compares Plastics’ Carbon Footprints

Greenhouse gas emissions and energy usage during NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymer manufacturing is lower than that of all commonly used plastics, according to an Inego life cycle assessment. The company has also launched an online calculator that allows manufactures to compare polymer-to-polymer carbon footprints, based on this new data. The article, … Read more »

SelfEco

Plant-Based Plastics Line Launched

Mold maker and manufacturer VistaTek has formed an independent company called SelfEco to make plates, bowls and other items from plant-based plastics, Plastics News reports. SelfEco products are made with polylactic acid supplied by NatureWorks and PLA blends. They are compostable in commercial composting facilities. The company will present some … Read more »

Target Field compostable cups

Minnesota Twins, Eco-Products Team Up Against Ballpark Waste

In another step to minimize waste generated at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins and Eco-Products have partnered to turn tons of fans’ trash into fertile soil, rather than piling up in area landfills. Eco-Products, is supplying hundreds of thousands of compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws at Target Field. … Read more »

Teknor Apex Masterbatches Make Bioplastics Stronger, Cut Cooling Time

Teknor Apex Masterbatches Make Bioplastics Stronger, Cut Cooling Time

Teknor Apex says its new series of masterbatches for polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic increases the heat distortion temperature (HDT) and impact strength of the resin and reduces its cooling time in injection molding, making possible semi-durable and durable applications that until now have been closed to standard PLA. Terraloy 90017A … Read more »

DOE Awards $13.4M to Develop Biofuels, Bioproducts

Five projects will receive up to $13.4 million in US Department of Energy funding to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts. The DOE says these projects will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from biomass, while also reducing carbon emissions. The department has set a … Read more »

Moda Center

How Sports Teams Divert Waste Using Bioplastic

The Moda Center (pictured), home of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, achieved an 87 percent landfill waste diversion rate in 2013 to date and has saved more than $567,000 in costs associated with waste disposal since 2008. This is one example of how major league teams are using compostable food … Read more »

CB&I

Contract Wins: CB&I, Southwest Engineers, Calysta Energy, Linde

CB&I: The air quality control system company has been awarded two contracts with a combined value of more than $40 million for an air quality control program for five existing coal-fired units. The units represent more than 4,000 MW of electric generating capacity. CB&I will provide turnkey engineering, procurement and … Read more »