First leather company to use lignin modified polyphenolic in its products

In the Netherlands, Smit & Zoon filed a patent application in Europe for lignin modified polyphenolic leather chemicals. The patent is for the industrial...

Eastman’s TREVA bioplastic secures USDA Certified Biobased Product Label

In Tennessee, Eastman Chemical Company secured USDA Certified Biobased Product Label from the United States Department of Agriculture's BioPreferred program for its TREVA product....

Report says biobased biodegradable plastics to reach 1,356.9 thousand tons by 2020

In the United Kingdom, Future Market Insights states in its latest report that the global bio-based biodegradable plastics market is expected to demonstrate a...

Push or Pull – How silk is spun in nature can help industrial processing

In the United Kingdom, University of Sheffield researchers demonstrated that animals spin silk by pulling rather than pushing it out of their bodies. They...

Purell’s newest soaps increase bio-based content and improve environmental impact

In Ohio, GOJO, inventors of PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer, introduced the expansion of the PURELL® brand with breakthrough soap and surface spray formulations and...

Shellfish derived chitosan proves valuable once again in latest biomaterial innovation

In Pennsylvania, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences researchers developed a polysaccharide polyelectrolyte complex made from cellulose pulp from wood or cotton and chitosan....

Arkema expands fluoropolymer production capacity in U.S.

In Kentucky, Arkema will increase fluoropolymer (Kynar PVDF) capacity at its Calvert City plant by some 20%. This investment, scheduled to start mid-2018, further...

Cotton industry makes efforts to improve sustainability with new appointment

In North Carolina, Cotton Incorporated, the research and promotion company for U.S. cotton producers and importers, is working towards improving sustainability in the industry’s...

Putting it to good use – Study looks for ways to valorize agricultural and...

In Europe, a European Agrimax study found that the EU produces 700 million tons of bio-waste each year and is looking for ways to...

Gallic acid steals oxygen making it useful for bio-based food packaging film

In Germany, researchers produced a multilayer bio-based packaging film using gallic acid and sodium carbonate that acts like an oxygen scavenger using a three-step...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

Sweetgreens upgrades compostable bowls after PFAS revelation

In California, to-go salad mainstay Sweetgreens is set to launch new compostable fiber bowls after its previous version was called out for containing perfluoroalkyl...

Service allows parents to mail back dirty diapers for composting

In Arizona, a compostable diaper company has launched a subscription service to send clean diapers to parents and receive return shipments of the used...