Biobased adhesives remain a mixed bag

In Germany, Dr. Matthias Popp of the Fraunhofer IFAM tells European Coatings that biobased adhesives are growing in relevancy, but in some chemistries are far from...

Ontario helps fund biorefinery

In Ontario, the provincial government is supporting Comet Biorefining’s plans to build a production plant to make ingredients for food and beverage, animal nutrition...

Milk: Does a body—and your clothes—good

In Europe, efforts to convert waste milk proteins into textile fibers are increasing. Switzerland’s Swicofil uses milk fibers produced in China to make fibers that...

New Zealand professor developing bioplastic process from food waste

In New Zealand, a University of Canterbury professor is working to convert food waste into plastic precursors polylactic acid and 5-HMF. Alex Yip, with UC’s...

British researchers advance solar cells based on algae

In the United Kingdom, researchers at the University of Cambridge have developed more-efficient solar cells based on algae. “Photosynthesis generates a flow of electrons that...

Soy-based chemicals set to grow, but feedstock volatility remains a concern

In London, market research firm Technavio is forecasting 8% compound annual growth for soy-based chemicals through 2022. Demand drivers include biofuels, in agriculture-based economies...

Biodegradable car gets Dutch clearance

In the Netherlands, Eindhoven University of Technology has kicked off a national press tour for LINA, the world’s first biodegradable car. Unveiled in May, the...

Hexion invests in biobased resins lab

In Canada, Hexion has announced plans to expand its forest products technology center at Edmonton, Alberta. Research at the facility will focus on phenolic resin...

Polish company develops energy bars for bees

In Poland, Saatchi & Saatchi IS Warsaw has created paper that acts like an energy bar for bees—fortifying the vital workers and, hopefully, reducing...

Nebraska hemp research targets lubricants and plastics

In Nebraska, university students have planted their first industrial hemp crop as part of a research project to develop biobased products from the partially...

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In the United Kingdom, Optometry Today has covered the growing trend of sustainable eyewear, including the increased use of materials based on renewable feedstocks. The...

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In Sweden, designers and materials scientists have teamed up to create biodegradable sequins from cellulose. Designer Elissa Brunato created the Bio Iridescent Sequin in collaboration...

Biobased adhesive solves coffee cup conundrum

In Germany, family-owned chemical company Follmann, together with its Sealock subsidiary, have developed a biobased adhesive for use in disposable coffee cups. The innovation...