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Schools to Begin Switch to Compostable Lunch Trays

Advocates hope the trays will help stop plastics and other materials getting into compostable waste.
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Sustainability Pays Off: Unilever reveals ‘Sustainable Brands’ growing twice as fast

Sustainability Pays Off: Unilever reveals ‘Sustainable Brands’ growing twice as fast | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Unilever’s “sustainable living brands” — brands that Unilever says contribute to environmental and social sustainability — accounted for half the company’s growth in 2014 and grew at twice the rate of the rest of the business, according to CEO Paul Polman.

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When company's see profits from creating more sustainable products that's when real progress is made. We're always ready to help companies create products that allow consumers to contribute to a more sustainable world.

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Unilever results confirm the value of Sustainability goes beyond cost savings to deliver brand value, sales growth and competitive advantage

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Innovative machine from Cibra Nova produces biodegradable, compostable gloves at Plast 2015 | PlasticsToday.com

Innovative machine from Cibra Nova produces biodegradable, compostable gloves at Plast 2015 | PlasticsToday.com | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
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Developing antibacterial plastics - The Pharmaceutical Journal (blog)

Developing antibacterial plastics - The Pharmaceutical Journal (blog) | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Researchers in America have developed some bioplastics, made with albumin, soy or whey, that have antibacterial properties.
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Is This the Future of Surfing? These Guys Have Just Made a Surfboard Out of Pond Slime... | Mpora

Is This the Future of Surfing? These Guys Have Just Made a Surfboard Out of Pond Slime... | Mpora | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
A surfboard made of algae sounds ridiculous, but it could be a major breakthrough
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Biome launches biobased chemicals research | Biomassmagazine.com

Biome launches biobased chemicals research | Biomassmagazine.com | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
U.K. bioplastic manufacturer, Biome Bioplastics, has begun a major $4.5 million, three-year development program to progress successful biobased chemicals research through to industrial scale production.
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Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics - Phys.Org

Researchers use plant oils for novel bio-based plastics - Phys.Org | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Washington State University researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.
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New Plastic ‘Zeoform’ Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything

New Plastic ‘Zeoform’ Turns Hemp Into Almost Anything | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
What if todays plastics could be made from materials that were not only sustainable but non toxic?
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interesting material - wonder if it's cost competitive to other biocomposites/bioplastics

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Bioplastic Piping Cuts Landfill Gas Project’s Installation, Maintenance Costs

A thermoplastic resin piping system connecting landfill gas to the local gas distribution system will save operators money with reduced installation cost and minimal maintenance cost compared to steel, says chemicals producer Arkema, which manufactured the plastic piping.
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when a bioplastic material can deliver on cost and quality selling environmental benefits is easy

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Chemists and other researchers are working up new formulas for greener plastic - Phys.Org

Chemists and other researchers are working up new formulas for greener plastic - Phys.Org | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
It's no longer common to hear, 'Paper or plastic?' at the supermarket. In many jurisdictions, the plastic option is curbed.
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stresses the need for new materials to be scalable and cost-competitive.

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Wageningen UR: 'There are too many misconceptions about bio-based products' - FoodProductionDaily.com

Wageningen UR: 'There are too many misconceptions about bio-based products' - FoodProductionDaily.com | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research is investigating standards for biobased products as part of an Open-Bio project commissioned by the EU, which ends in October 2016. 
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something to keep and eye on - how will newly emerging standards for biobased, compostable, biodegradable effect North American markets?

 

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Ocean’s Halo turns to Innovia Films to package its Seaweed Chips

Ocean’s Halo turns to Innovia Films to package its Seaweed Chips | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Ocean’s Halo has launched its Seaweed Chips in Innovia Films NatureFlex packaging. 
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hope these bags don't suffer the fate of the SunChips bag

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Tequila waste combined with recycled plastic to form wood substitute

Tequila waste combined with recycled plastic to form wood substitute | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
When the sap from plants such as sugar cane is extracted for commercial use, what's left over is a fibrous material known as bagasse. Now, Mexican startup Plastinova is using agave bagasse from th...

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using regionally abundant bio-fillers can help reduce carbon emissions and transportation costs

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Egg whites in plastic can be used as alternative for petroleum-based food packaging

Egg whites in plastic can be used as alternative for petroleum-based food packaging | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Egg whites in plastic can be used as alternative for petroleum-based food packaging, according to researchers at the University of Georgia, in the US.
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Even better - the material can be biodegradable and composted with food waste.

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Bioplastic to 3D

Concept scenario of bioplastic (natural plastics) made into 3D printing filaments. Citation clip of manufacturing machines: Make (http://makezine.com/)
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Green Dot is developing filament from wood-plastic composites and biodegradable polymers. 

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Wood-derived foam materials

Wood-derived foam materials | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
SusChem R&D news: foam materials from 100% #wood http://t.co/ubeGohUhXg #biobased #bioeconomy
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interesting alternative to petroleum based foams

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3D Printing With Potato Power — Do Potato Based Plastics Work Well As Filament?

3D Printing With Potato Power — Do Potato Based Plastics Work Well As Filament? | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Nope, not the food or the home runs, but 3D printing with a bioplastic made from potatoes or starches called Biome3D. This bioplastic is made in the northwest o
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Green Dot offers custom starch-based composites ideal for 3D printer filament.

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Bioplastics made from egg whites may soon make conventional plastic history

Bioplastics made from egg whites may soon make conventional plastic history | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Washington: Scientists investigating alternatives to petroleum-based plastics have found that a bioplastic made from proteins found in egg whites demonstrate superior antibacterial properties and are fully biodegradable.
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Global bioplastic packaging materials market to grow at a CAGR of 23.75% between 2015 and 2019 - WhaTech

Global bioplastic packaging materials market to grow at a CAGR of 23.75% between 2015 and 2019 - WhaTech | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Global Bioplastic Packaging Materials market to grow at a CAGR of 23.75 percent over the period 2015-2019. Global Bioplastic Packaging Materials Market 2015-2019, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts.
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every year the projects for growth increase

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Bio-on and Pizzoli join hands to make bioplastics from potato waste

Bio-on and Pizzoli join hands to make bioplastics from potato waste | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
The two companies aims to build a plant producing 2,000 tonne per annum (tpa) of PHAs (or bioplastics), expanding to 4,000 tpa in the future
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making this material cost-competitive will be the real trick

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Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers?

Dr. Know: Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those containers? | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
A few years ago, Portland switched from Styrofoam to biodegradable cups, flatware, etc. Now that compostable containers aren’t being composted any more, what’s the plan for all those conta,Dr. Know
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Sad news about Portlandia composting

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The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora

The world’s first plantable coffee cup replenishes local flora | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Millions of coffee cups are disposed of daily, but these 100% compostable cups are embedded with seeds, and can be planted to replenish local flowers & fields.

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the world can always use more flowers!

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Bioplastic Burn Test - "Beautiful Flame From The Nature" - YouTube

Burn Test of Bioplastic vs Plastic Samples: cutlery, bottles, lids, seedling trays, 3D Filament
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Research and Markets: Wood Plastic Composite (Polyethylene ... - Business Wire (press release)

Research and Markets: Wood Plastic Composite (Polyethylene ... - Business Wire (press release) | Bioplastic | Scoop.it
Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/dr86j6/wood_plastic) has announced the addition of the "Wood Plastic Composite M
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wood-plastic composite markets predicted to increase by >10% CAGR through 2019.

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