Oimo Creates Starch Based Water-Soluble Packaging for Food, Drinks and Cosmetics

Spanish startup Oimo is set to revolutionise the packaging industry with a biodegradable and water-soluble material with the same properties as traditional plastic. The material is created from algae, natural sugars and vegetable oils and is non- toxic to marine life. Currently, Oimo is focusing on adapting it for the production of disposable packaging in the food …

New Pyrolysis Plant in Virginia

Company to invest $31.7 million to establish first-of-its-kind waste plastics facility and manufacturing operation. Governor Ralph Northam today announced that Braven Environmental, a leader in deriving fuel from landfill-bound plastic, will invest $31.7 million to establish a manufacturing operation in Cumberland County’s shell building. Virginia successfully competed with North Carolina and South Carolina for the …

Americans Start Ocean Clean Up

Ocean Voyages Institute’s marine plastic recovery vessel, S/V KWAI, docked at the port of Honolulu today, after a 48-day expedition, successfully removing 103 tons (206,000 lbs.) of fishing nets and consumer plastics from the North Pacific Subtropical Convergence Zone, more commonly known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or Gyre. Establishing its lead in open …

Who is Kaneka?

Who is Kaneka and Kaneka Biopolymers? The complete history and all you need to know about Kaneka including their circular economy and bioplastics portfolio. In Short Kaneka is a Japanese chemical company with a wide range of business activities such as chemicals, functional plastics, expandable plastics & products, foodstuffs products, life-science products, electronic products and …

Half Year Bioplastics Ranking 2020

Here’s the Brands and Companies Ranking for the period January to June 2020. There’s a bonus today: we’ve given the absolute numbers, no percentages. Column “Jan to Jun” represent the number of pages viewed that have been tagged with the company or brand name. Example: your company issues 3 press releases. The first press releases is …

First Wine Bottle in Paper

Meet the Frugal Bottle – the biggest innovation for wine and spirits since the launch of the glass bottle. The 75cl Frugal Bottle is made from 94% recycled paperboard with a food-grade liner to hold the wine or spirit. It can be refrigerated and keeps the liquid cooler for longer. The Frugal Bottle, which is …

BASF Chemical Recycling of Mattresses

BASF working toward circularity in recycling of mattresses. Old mattresses are to provide raw materials for new ones. The first pilot tests are up and running. BASF has developed a chemical recycling process for used mattresses and is starting pilot tests at the Schwarzheide site in Brandenburg, Germany. The materials from old mattresses are to be recycled in …

Germany Bans SUP Straws and Food Containers

Germany is banning the sale of single-use plastic straws, cotton buds and food containers, bringing it in line with a European Union directive intended to reduce the amount of plastic garbage that pollutes the environment. The Cabinet agreed Wednesday to end the sale of plastics including single-use cutlery, plates, stirring sticks and balloon holders, as …

Soft Elastic News | World days and TPE

The world is full of curiosities, e.g. full of world and memorial days, some of which could not possibly be any more absurd. World days – and what they have to do with TPE Has anyone ever heard of Smoke Detector Day (every Friday 13th), World Nothing Day (January 16th), International Hairdressers’ Day (April 30th …

OXO Biodegradable Vs Compostable Plastics

Let’s look at the similarities and differences between OXO biodegradable (Oxo-bio) and compostable plastics. The purpose of this article is not to say which technology works better, but to understand both technologies better by comparing them. Compostable plastic is a big family so I may reduce the scope to PLA and PBAT when needed. Applications OXO-bio …