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Algix welcomes guests to grand opening - Selma Times-Journal

Algix welcomes guests to grand opening - Selma Times-Journal | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Algix welcomes guests to grand opening Selma Times-Journal Algix, a company based in Georgia, opened its newest facility in Dallas County that will help turn catfish-pond algae into biodegradable plastic.
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BioClean - degrade plastic in the environment, e.g. ocean

BioClean - degrade plastic in the environment, e.g. ocean | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it

BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme.

 

Background

Biodegradation of synthetic plastics can occur in nature, in sediments and marine environments as well as in landfills, compost and soil. The process is governed by the polymer characteristics, the organisms available and the surrounding environmental conditions. However, the knowledge on the biodegradation of major synthetic polymers is still very limited and fragmented. BIOCLEAN strategy is aimed at deepening the scientific understanding on the biodegradation of such materials in natural environments and waste disposing facilities and exploring the feasibility of biotechnological solutions for the effective and sustainable disposal of plastic waste. In particular, the consortium will focus on PVC, Polystyrene, Polypropylene and Polyethylene. 

 

Objectives: BIOCLEAN intends to find smart and robust biotechnological solutions for the degradation and detoxification of:

Plastic waste existing landfills

Plastic fragments entering waste composting and anaerobic digestors

Plastic fragments occurring in marine habitats, thus contributing to mitigate the current impact of plastics in marine ecosystems.

 

Duration

September 2012- September 2015

 

About BIOCLEAN

BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Project under the FP7 programme. BIOCLEAN includes 19 partners from nine different and widely distributed European Countries and one from China. The Project includes different organisation types, namely: Universities, Research Institutes, SMEs, a multi-municipality (DEDISA), one enterprise (MMB) and the Association of European plastic producers (PlasticsEurope).

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Biodegradable Microbead Alternatives for Cosmetics - NYSCC

Biodegradable Microbead Alternatives for Cosmetics - NYSCC | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
The plastic microbeads commonly used as an ingredient in cosmetics mostly go unnoticed because they are so small and used in small amounts.
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VetiGel: A Plant-Based Polymer That Stops Bleeding in Seconds

VetiGel: A Plant-Based Polymer That Stops Bleeding in Seconds | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
I once got stabbed in the head with a wooden knife. It was an accident that occurred during a martial arts training exercise. I'd heard that head wounds bleed badly, but as I waited for the taxi to take me to the hospital (an ambulance is not what you take in NYC if speed is a priority) I was shocked at the amount of blood that came out of my head. While head wounds are bad, severing a femoral
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Oil spills and plastic are polluting oceans: scientists explore how microbes can degrade these substances

Oil spills and plastic are polluting oceans: scientists explore how microbes can degrade these substances | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Oil spills and plastic waste are polluting our oceans – destroying marine life and contaminating beaches. Now scientists are exploring how they can get microbes to degrade these substances more effectively and thus reduce the pollution in the sea.
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Evonik: Umweltfreundlicher Ersatz für Mikroplastik in Peelings

Evonik Industries bringt zwei neue Produkte als Ersatz für Mikroplastik in Peelings auf den Markt: die Spezialkieselsäuren "SIPERNAT" 2200 PC und "SIPERNAT" 22 PC. Die neuen Produkte werden laut Evonik bereits von einigen namhaften internationalen Kosmetikfirmen in Duschgelen ebenso wie in Gesichts- und Körperpeelingprodukten verwendet, nachdem Evonik Ende 2013 erste Muster bereitgestellt hatte.
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How Many Shipping Containers Are Really Lost At Sea? - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News

How Many Shipping Containers Are Really Lost At Sea? - gCaptain Maritime & Offshore News | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
The World Shipping Council (WSC) has released an update to its 2011 survey and estimate of containers lost at sea.
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NewsDaily: 'Plastic-eating' microbes help marine debris sink: study

Microscopic creatures could be helping reduce marine garbage on the ocean surface, not only by "eating" plastics but by causing tiny pieces to sink to the seafloor, Australian researchers said Thursday.
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Are tiny plastic pieces rearranging microscopic ocean life? | Conservation

Are tiny plastic pieces rearranging microscopic ocean life? | Conservation | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
A wide variety of microscopic life inhabits tiny bits of plastic floating in the oceans, changing ecosystems while also suggesting clean-up methods.
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Kampf gegen Müll im Meer: Fünf innovative Ideen für saubere Ozeane - WiWo Green

Kampf gegen Müll im Meer: Fünf innovative Ideen für saubere Ozeane - WiWo Green | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Die Ozeane gleichen einer riesigen, nassen Müllkippe. Kreative Ideen gegen den Müll im Meer gibt es viele - wir stellen fünf spannende Konzepte vor.
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EuPC Reacts to European Parliament's ENVI Committee Vote - Packaging Europe

EuPC Reacts to European Parliament's ENVI Committee Vote - Packaging Europe | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
EuPC Reacts to European Parliament's ENVI Committee Vote Packaging Europe EuPC would, therefore, urge all MEPs in Plenary to oppose the nonsensical provisions in the Auken Report and to not push biodegradable materials as an environmental solution...
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Lessonia launches an alternative to polyethylene beads in cosmetics

Lessonia launches an alternative to polyethylene beads in cosmetics | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Lessonia, a leading supplier of natural exfoliators for the cosmetic industry is launching Celluloscrub, a 100% renewable and biodegradable exfoliating ingredient designed to replace polyethylene (...
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Defra seeks solutions for biodegradable bag waste - letsrecycle.com

Defra seeks solutions for biodegradable bag waste - letsrecycle.com | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Defra seeks solutions for biodegradable bag waste letsrecycle.com The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is seeking suggestions from industry to enable biodegradable bags to be used more widely by reducing their...
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EcoCortec®’s Success in Marine Clean Project

EcoCortec®’s Success in Marine Clean Project | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Main goal of this important innovative project is preventing hazardous environmental impact of conventional plastic materials discarded at sea, as well as promoting sustainability and innovative techn
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Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment?

Can marine debris degrade on its own in the environment? | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Most debris items take a long time to degrade in the marine environment
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New bioplastics more flexible and with low migration suitable for food and textile sector

New bioplastics more flexible and with low migration suitable for food and textile sector | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it

PLAPACK project has finished successfully after three years of development. AIMPLAS collaborated in this project, funded by Direct Innovation Line CDTI, along with two research centres and six companies.

 

The result is a new generation of biodegradable plastics of natural sources used for the manufacturing of clothes hangers, disposable household  and food packages. 


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Discussing next steps of project BioClean at Ecomondo #biodegradation #waste # plastics

Discussing next steps of project BioClean at Ecomondo #biodegradation #waste # plastics | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it

 http://www.biocleanproject.eu Today project Bioclean is sitting together to discuss the next research steps in degrading plastics with bio technology.

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EcoCortec’s success in Marine Clean Project! - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology

EcoCortec’s success in Marine Clean Project! - Bio-based News - The portal for bio-based economy and industrial biotechnology | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Croatian specialist packaging producer EcoCortec has developed marine biodegradable film products de... Continue reading →
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Are there sinks for "plastic debris in the open ocean"? University of Hawaii; A. Cózar, F. Echevarría et. al.

"Our observations of the size distribution of floating plastic debris point at important size-selective sinks removing millimeter-sized fragments of floating plastic on a large scale. This sink may involve a combination of fast nano-fragmentation of the microplastic into particles of microns or smaller, their transference to the ocean interior by food webs and ballasting processes, and processes yet to be discovered. Resolving the fate of the missing plastic debris is of fundamental importance to determine the nature and significance of the impacts of plastic pollution in the ocean."

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BIOCLEAN at the Mikroplastik conference in Cologne - BioClean

BIOCLEAN at the Mikroplastik conference in Cologne - BioClean | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Are there biotechnological solutions for the degradation of synthetic polymeric materials in natural environments?
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EcoCortec combats marine litter - Plastics in Packaging

EcoCortec combats marine litter - Plastics in Packaging | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
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Croatian bioplastics company EcoCortec has developed a bio-based and water degradable film that it claims is a huge step forward in the fight against marine debris.
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Open Article: http://www.packagingeurope.com/Packaging-Europe-News/59242/EcoCortecs-Success-in-Marine-Clean-Project.html

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Creatures living on tiny ocean plastic may be cleaning our seas

Creatures living on tiny ocean plastic may be cleaning our seas | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
We know that Australia’s waters contain lots of tiny pieces of plastic, and that these pieces can harm many marine species.
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Pharrell & Adidas to Turn Ocean Plastic Waste into Sneakers | Live Eco

Pharrell & Adidas to Turn Ocean Plastic Waste into Sneakers | Live Eco | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Pharrell & his Bionic Yarn is at it again. We told you about his G-Star colab a couple of weeks ago and this time it's with Adidas.
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Accelerated ageing of polylactide in aqueous environments: Comparative study between distilled water and seawater

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Pollution of nature by plastics is a major environmental problem and the challenge for the future is to manage the lifetime of polymers better. The aim of this study is to establish a baseline on degradation mechanism and degradation kinetics for lifetime prediction of polylactide (PLA) in a marine environment. The ageing of PLA was accelerated by raising temperature in distilled water, filtered and renewed seawater and natural seawater. Samples were immersed in distilled water for six months at different temperatures (25, 30, 40 and 50 °C) in order to evaluate the influence of temperature on PLA degradation kinetics and to predict lifetime. Then, samples were immersed in seawater both in the laboratory and at sea, in order to compare the effects of environment, marine organisms and salt, on degradation. The different degradation steps were followed by gravimetry, tensile tests, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), steric exclusion chromatography (SEC) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In distilled water, accelerated ageing of PLA is complex with deviation from Fickian behaviour at higher temperature. Moreover, immersion in distilled water induces morphological changes, in particular holes, which are absent in seawater at 40 °C for the same immersion time. Indeed, seawater has little impact on the diffusion kinetics but affects M∞ values, which are slightly lower compared to the distilled water uptake.

KeywordsPLA;Accelerated ageing;Hydrothermal ageing;Degradation

 

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IBM Research turns plastic bottles into superbug killers

IBM Research turns plastic bottles into superbug killers | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
IBM researchers discover a way to break down PET, the material in plastic water bottles, and create super molecules to combat infections
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Idaho scientist turns manure into bioplastic - Plastics News

Idaho scientist turns manure into bioplastic - Plastics News | BIOCLEAN | Scoop.it
Idaho scientist turns manure into bioplastic Plastics News "Back during my Ph.D.
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