The strongest biomaterials in the world (biomarketinsights.com)

Limpets have 1, 920 teeth on their radula, the tongue-like appendage they use to scrape food off rocky surfaces. These teeth are made from common organic materials – chitin and goethite – but the compounds are arranged in ways that make the overall structure incredibly strong.  Limpet teeth are so strong, in fact, that they…

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Switch to a circular economy could protect the environment while generating more value (Phys.org)

In 1924, a cartel of lightbulb manufacturers including General Electric and Philips agreed to artificially limit the lifespan of their products to about 1,000 hours, down from 2,500. The scandal, revealed decades later, came to epitomize the linear consumption model of making, consuming, and then discarding products that took hold during the Industrial Revolution and…

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Feature: The Circular Economy is not a hard sell (environmentjournal)

It has been eight years since the Scottish Government published Making Things Last, its landmark circular economy strategy.  An ambitious document outlining a clear vision for how the country might substantially reduce waste and create new entrepreneurial opportunities, despite its age the document has never been more relevant than it is today.  Not least because it’s…

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Innovation in bioplastics and plastics recycling on upward trajectory:new report (Circular)

Innovation in bioplastics – based on global patent activity – is at its highest point for almost two decades, while investment in plastics recycling technology is accelerating, a new report says. The inaugural Inside Green Innovation: Progress Report 2021, from leading intellectual property firm Appleyard Lees, analyses patent filings relating to several key environmental challenges facing…

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Raving in the rubbish

~ How music festivals make their mark on the plastic crisis ~ Fields littered with abandoned tents and plastic bags, bottles and containers, these are the images people often see on the TV after a large music festival. An estimated 23,500 tonnes of waste is left by UK festival goers each year according to think-tank…

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A truly circular solution: Turning bioplastic made from plants into nutrients to grow new crops (anthropocenemagazine)

Researchers have developed a technique to turn bioplastics into fertilizer, in a process that tackles the twin problems of plastic waste and emissions-intensive fertilizer production. Unlike regular plastics that are derived from fossil fuels, bioplastics are produced using renewable feedstocks such as corn, wheat, and agricultural waste. From the get-go, these plastics have a lower…

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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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