The Swedish innovation company Reselo has developed a polymer from birch bark, a rubber that can replace both fossil-based rubber and synthetic rubber in the vast majority of applications: Reselo Rubber.
Toray Industries, Inc. (Tokyo, Japan), has announced that it has developed the world’s first 100% bio-based adipic acid, a raw material for polyamide 66 (Nylon 66), from sugars derived from inedible biomass.
About 91% of plastic isn’t recycled and we consume about 5 grams of micro plastic waste in our food every week,. Microscopic pieces of plastic have been discovered in the most remote locations, from the depths of the ocean to Arctic ice. Another place that plastic is appearing is inside our bodies.
The New Zeeland company Humble Bee Bio is developing technology to produce a new type of bio-plastic that mimics the material produced by a special kind of bee, Hylaeus or the yellow-faced bees.
Wood furnisher and inner walls in your home might not be as safe as you think. It may look like it’s made entirely out of wood but that is not necessarily the whole picture. The glues that hold it all together may contain potentially harmful chemicals as formaldehyde and isocyanate.
Among the global businesses responsible for 55% of the world’s plastic packaging waste are both state-owned and multinational corporations, including oil, gas, and chemical companies. Currently, there are about 8% of total fossil oils used to manufacture polymers. It is predicted that this number could increase to 20% by 2050.
A Partnership between the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and the European Union will build on the success of BBI JU to advance a sustainable and competitive bio-based industry.