Exclusive: Coca-Cola unveils prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based sources (packagingeurope.com)

The Coca-Cola Company today revealed its first prototype bottle made from 100% plant-based plastic (bPET), produced using technologies that the company says are now ready to be commercially scaled across the industry. This builds on Coca-Cola and UPM's technological breakthrough announced earlier this week for the first planned commercialization of technologies to convert second-generation biomass to plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG), one of two molecules necessary to create bPET. The other molecule used is PTA, comprised of bPTA and Virent’s bPX. The new prototype announced today (barring its label and…

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‘Plugging In’ To Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications)
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‘Plugging In’ To Produce Environmentally Friendly Bioplastics (Texas A&M AgriLife Communications)

Bioplastics — biodegradable plastics made from biological substances rather than petroleum — can be created in a more economical and environmentally friendly way from the byproducts of corn stubble, grasses and mesquite agricultural production, according to a new study by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. This new approach involves a “plug-in” preconditioning process, a simple adjustment…

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Biopolymers for wound therapy deliver stem cells to improve healing (Phys.org)

NUS researchers have discovered a method to fabricate a biologic interpenetrating network (IPN) hydrogel using applied rheology. Hydrogels are three-dimensional networks of crosslinked polymers. However, current hydrogel wound dressings are made up of synthetic polymers that are biologically inert and do not drive hosts' biology toward wound healing. Such treatment modality is particularly paradoxical for severe wounds where exogeneous…

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Crab shells could help pave the way for sustainable electronics (Earth.com)

As the consumer electronics industry continues to grow, there is also a growing demand for the raw materials and metals used to make electronic components. Scientists at Osaka University have discovered a sustainable alternative to these finite resources in an unexpected place – crab shells.  The researchers have developed a nanocarbon material for electronics applications made from…

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The Plastic Waste Problem of our Linear Economy

Everyday, we read the news about climate change and how it threatens our environment. Climate change has different reasons, but is majorly caused by the way we produce and consume things: For example, manufacturing of materials and products take up more than 50% of the world’s global energy supply, and is responsible for 20% of…

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Cyanobacteria Could Revolutionize the Plastic Industry (SciTechDaily)

Microbiologists at the University of Tübingen modify bacteria to produce climate-neutral and rapidly degradable bioplastics. Cyanobacteria produce plastic naturally as a by-product of photosynthesis — and they do it in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. Researchers at the University of Tübingen have now succeeded for the first time in modifying the bacteria’s metabolism to…

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