Rubber recycling: AZuR network advocates a second life for scrap tires

05/07/2022

The German AZuR Network was launched in June 2020. The "Alliance Future Tire" lives up to its name and has been pursuing the goal of finding and implementing new and innovative solutions for an ecologically and economically sensible tire cycle for two years now.
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A digital product passport for more sustainability

21/06/2022

The EU's Circular Economy Action Plan stipulates that by 2050 all plastic packaging must be completely recyclable and consist of at least 70 percent recycled material. The majority of plastic waste still ends up in landfills or incinerators – in the worst case, in the environment.
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Clear plastics recycling using high-purity sorting and separation technologies

13/06/2022

The COVID-19 pandemic put acrylic (transparent) shields, better known as "sneeze guards," in high demand in their role as protective barriers. However, they pose a major challenge for recycling companies at the end of the product life cycle since the different plastics must be separated and sorted to maintain purity and facilitate reuse.
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Dow, LOVERE, YCJ, and P&G join hands in organizing "Design for Circularity" Art & Design Competition

01/06/2022

The companies Dow (NYSE: DOW), LOVERE, YCJ and Procter & Gamble (P&G) will organize the first "Design for Circularity" art and design competition in China.
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Newly discovered enzyme breaks down PET plastic in record time

01/06/2022

Researchers at the University of Leipzig have discovered an enzyme that degrades PET plastic in a short time. The enzyme PHL7 is twice as active as the previous leader LCC. This should make biological recycling more cost-effective.
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Made up out of thin air

19/05/2022

Innovations always emerge from something existing, something tried and tested. Approaching them in terms of their content requires a look at the fundamentals. This is also true for the question of how carbon dioxide (CO2) from exhaust gases can be used for the production of plastics.
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Treated plastic waste good at grabbing carbon dioxide

16/05/2022

Researchers at Rice University have developed a technique to turn plastic waste into an effective carbon dioxide (CO2) sorbent for industry.
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Borealis and Grabher partnership gives used FFP2 face masks another life

09.05.2022

High-quality face masks made in Austria by Grabher contain fully recyclable meltblown polypropylene supplied by Borealis and can be recycled in Austria. The new Partnership between the companies Borealis and Grabher is embodiment of the Borealis EverMinds™ spirit of taking action to accelerate the move towards plastics circularity.
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Joint Mission: Circular Economy

04/05/2022

The mission of the new "We are plastics" alliance between the three major German Plastics Associations is to promote the circular economy. They focus on the dialog with consumers and NGOs, on the network between individual initiatives and on presenting facts and changes of the industry.
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Solvay partners with Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials to recycle end-of-life medical components

04/05/2022

Medical devices made from Solvay's high-performance thermoplastic Udel® are recycled thanks to a collaboration between Solvay and Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials. Solvay knows how to evaluate the chemistry of the end-of-life polymer, while MCAM has expertise in washing and mechanically cleaning the material.
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Edible, biodegradable, anti-microbial plastic boasts higher tensile strength than petroleum-based plastic

12/04/2022

A research team at São Paulo State University (UNESP) made their bioplastic from type B bovine gelatin. Besides nanoclay the material is produced from clay and a nanoemulsion of black pepper essential oil.
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Mobile plastics recycling project wins WDO's World Design Impact Prize

30/03/2022

The Montreal-based World Design Organization has named a mobile, solar-powered, plastic-waste upcycling platform as the winner of its World Design Impact Prize™ for 2021.
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BASF and NEVEON cooperate on mattress recycling

24/03/2022

The first trials on chemical recycling of mattresses by BASF and NEVEON were successful. BASF is developing a wet chemical recycling process for used mattresses made of flexible polyurethane. Mattress take-back pilot is an important step towards circular economy.
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ERDE Recycling: recovery and recycling systems for agricultural plastics

18/03/2022

ERDE is a recovery and recycling system focused on the return of silage sheets and covers and agricultural stretch films in Europe. The company has big goals, such as a recycling rate of 65 percent in 2022, but also faces challenges, such as the cross-border transport of agricultural plastics.
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From the idea to a (sustainable) company: Circular Valley promotes start-ups

11/03/2022

Mentoring in areas such as marketing and sales, direct contact with large companies, and support from industry experts – this is what every start-up dreams of. In the Circular Valley in Wuppertal, Germany, this is reality. Entrepreneurs from a wide variety of fields who want to contribute to the Circular Economy with their work are supported here.
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Fish in packaging made from chemically recycled plastic

07/03/2022

Salmon fillets from Bömlo are supplied in the world's first EPS fish box. Ccycled is made from chemically recycled plastic and BASF, Vartdal Plast and Bremnes Seashore, the partners for this joint project, are contributing to making the circular economy a success.
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Digital watermarks: sort post-consumer waste more intelligently

16/02/2022

How can plastic packaging become intelligent? By providing them with digital watermarks that can be read by sorting systems and thus simplify the sorting process. The fact that this technology works was proven in the pioneering HolyGrail 1.0 project with a proof of concept.
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Recycled packaging foils with the "Blue Angel" label

07/02/2022

Profine GmbH is the first profile system provider to use polyethylene (PE) packaging foils that consist of 80 percent PCR standard and are interested in making supply chains more environmentally friendly.
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"We are plastics" – an initiative for the conscious use of resources

27/01/2022

"There is a lot of talk about the plastics industry, but too little talk with it," says the website of the German "Wir sind Kunststoff" initiative, which was launched in May 2021. It sees itself as a dialog platform for the industry on socially relevant aspects relating to plastics. To this end, eight associations pool their expertise and approach the public together as the faces of the industry.
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Recyclable furniture from the creative workshop

24/01/2022

Plastic is a versatile material that can be used for a wide variety of projects. What's more, it is reusable and can be given new forms – so it can be given a second life in the sense of the circular economy. In the plastikfabrik in Saarbrücken (Germany), Daniela and Pascal Becher breathe such a second life into plastic.
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Bence Körmendi

19/01/2022

Petchem Business Unit Director, MOL Hungarian Oil and Gas Company Plc.
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AlgX: from green algae to green plastic

18/01/2022

With AlgX, the French industrial project Eranova has developed a product that responds to two global problems: Plastic pollution and algae pollution. It is a technology patented in 30 countries that allows the production of bio-based, recyclable, biodegradable and compostable plastics from green algae in the spirit of upcycling.
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New additional service in the run-up to K 2022 in Düsseldorf: Monthly K-Talk starts online on January 20, 2022!

18/01/2022

Outlook, orientation, hot topics +++ exciting live discussion rounds with industry experts, users, and representatives from the media and politics +++ K-Talk enables global dialog even before the Leading Trade Fair in the fall +++ on-demand service
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Turning plastic grocery bags into sustainable fuel

17/01/2022

More than 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, which causes serious environmental issues. Consequently, most plastic waste ends up in either a landfill or the ocean. A significant number of plastics break down into microplastics, which are ingested by fish and other marine life causing havoc to marine ecosystems.
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New market data on the bioplastics market 2021

14/01/2022

The Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites presents the new edition of its brochure with the title "Biopolmers - Facts and statistics" to show how the bioplastics market is developing.
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Young plastics researchers are on the trail of proper recycling

07/01/2022

The Pöppelmann Research Week on the topic of "Plastics and Recycling" brought young people closer to the topics of plastics and recycling.
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Plant from plastics?

03/01/2022

Plastics have taken the world by storm over the last century, finding applications in virtually every aspect of our lives. However, the rise of these synthetic polymers, which form the basis of plastics, has contributed to many serious environmental issues. The worst of these is the excessive use of petrochemical compounds and the disposal of non-biodegradable materials without recycling.
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Made to degrade

03/01/2022

There's a lot of plastic in the ocean. Much of it comes from the single-use items that we're all familiar with, such as food wrappers and microbeads that inadvertently wind up in the sea. But a growing amount is coming from plastics that are actually made to be used in marine environments, such as instrumentation used for an emerging ocean "Internet of Things."
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Using circular economy principles to recycle toys

28/12/2021

Many of us are familiar with this scene in our children’s bedrooms: when the kids have outgrown their toys, the latter typically get boxed up until we finally take heart and purge them. But it doesn’t have to be that way: the initiative of the HolyPoly company takes recycling steps to create new toys – that look slightly different.
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Reducing plastic pollution by adding RNA-inspired 'breaking points'

20/12/2021

Once plastic products are used and discarded, they can linger in oceans and harming sea life. One potential solution, a biodegradable polymer called polylactide (PLA), has so far not fully lived up to its promise, showing little sign of breakdown once in seawater. In a new study, researchers set out to address this issue by incorporating RNA-inspired breaking points to the polymer.
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Air Liquide and BASF welcome support from European Innovation Fund for joint CCS project

13/12/2021

Air Liquide and BASF are planning to develop the world's largest cross-border Carbon Capture and Storage value chain. The goal is to significantly reduce CO2 emissions at the industrial cluster in the port of Antwerp. The joint project has been selected for funding by the European Commission through its Innovation Fund, as one of the seven large-scale projects out of more than 300 applications.
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Scientific Council of K 2022 convenes First Meeting

08/12/2021

Renewable energies, resource-saving processes, climate neutrality – rising to major challenges is key. These global tasks require creative minds, innovative technologies and high-performance materials.
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How a bacterium may help solve the plastic pollution crisis

06/12/2021

Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental issues of our time. The accumulation of petroleum-based plastics is having devastating effects on our environment, wildlife and human health. Researchers revealed a bacterium that is not only able to degrade difficult-to-recycle petroleum-based plastics but can also sustainably produce more environmentally friendly biodegradable plastics.
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Track and trace system as an answer to encourage reusable packaging

06/12/2021

The digital economy can help us prevent packaging waste, say researchers at Lancaster University and University of St Andrews, who are working with the founders of Reath, a start-up business based in Edinburgh, with a mission to build the digital infrastructure for reuse.
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Plastics recycling deadlines loom – will companies meet their goals?

06/12/2021

Many of the world's largest consumer product companies, including Cocoa-Cola, Unilever and PepsiCo, have set ambitious targets for replacing virgin plastics with recycled ones – typically 25 percent of their total packaging by 2025. So far, however, most companies have made only modest progress and will need to ramp up their efforts to reach these lofty goals.
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Commercially viable production of climate-neutral plastic is possible

01/12/2021

Since the early 1950s, plastics have found their way into almost every area of modern life. Between 1964 and 2014, plastic consumption increased twentyfold, from 15 to 311 million tonnes per year. Not only has environmental pollution from plastic waste increased during this time, but the amount of petroleum its manufacture consumes is large, as are the associated greenhouse gas emissions.
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Digital marketplace for recyclates: cirplus networks entire value chain

25/11/2021

Sometimes you have to see a problem with your own eyes – or feel it with your own feet – to want to do something about it. At least that's how it was for Christian Schiller, who launched cirplus, a digital marketplace for recyclates.
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COVID-19 and plastics: How the pandemic highlights the need for sustainable waste disposal

22/11/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an explosive increase in the demand of disposable plastic products, stalled the implementation of sustainable policies, and evidenced the inherent problems of today's waste management schemes. Now, scientists comment on the necessary courses of action for governments, industries, researchers and consumers to help us transition to a sustainable plastic circular economy.
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What recycled plastic can do: Blocks made from biocomposites for the "Classrooms of Hope" in Indonesia

17/11/2021

There is much discussion these days about the circular economy, and the means for incorporating plastics into this model. Recycling a used plastic bottle back into a clean, new bottle has some obvious environmental advantages. But a much more impactful model, in many cases, would involve turning tons of discarded plastics into products with a very long lifespan.
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URI launches 'Plastics: Land to Sea' web platform

08/11/2021

A new University of Rhode Island web platform, "Plastics: Land to Sea," has been launched to provide the science community with a burgeoning array of data resources and tools designed to inform and support dialogue concerning research focused efforts to start addressing plastics pollution. The platform can be found at: plastics.uri.edu.
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Recycling: PolyWaste technology wants to make the term "plastic waste" obsolete

03/11/2021

It's no secret, and yet the numbers are shocking: less than one-tenth of the total amount of plastic produced to date has been recycled. Currently, the rate is 14 percent worldwide. A full 32 percent ends up in the environment. This urgently needs to change – which is what the Australian company PlasTech Recycling Limited thought as well. And so they developed an innovative technology.
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NYU chemist receives Department of Energy grant for plastic "upcycling" research

02/11/2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded Tianning Diao, associate professor of chemistry at New York University, with funding for research on "upcycling" poly(acrylic acid), a plastic component commonly used in household products. Diao and her lab will work to develop chemical methods to repurpose the polymer as new functional materials.
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3D nano-inks push industry boundaries

02/11/2021

Mechanical engineering researchers at Michigan Technological University have created a way to make a 3D-printable nanocomposite polymeric ink that uses carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — known for their high tensile strength and lightness. This revolutionary ink could replace epoxies — and understanding why its properties are so fantastic is a first step toward its mass use.
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NSF EPSCoR grant will advance manufacturing of renewable and recyclable plastics

18/10/2021

Plastics are an indispensable part of today's society. These nimble polymers help keep foods fresh, cars safe, arteries clog-free and have countless other uses. But the benefits come at a cost. Each year millions of tons of discarded plastic pollute ecosystems, harm animals and exacerbate climate change.
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$25 million investment in polymer upcycling research to reduce plastics waste

12/10/2021

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $25 million in funding for 10 research projects to build the scientific foundations for new technology solutions that reuse discarded plastics to make valuable products and reduce plastics waste.
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Bringing back the good name – a museum of plastic about plastic

06/10/2021

In May 2021, another museum of a special kind was created in front of the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid: a Plastic Museum. It was not just a museum ABOUT plastic, but MADE OF plastic. The media response to the campaign of the EsPlásticos association was huge.
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The road to the future? New ways with used plastics

30/09/2021

Viewing used plastic not as waste but as a material can reduce the problem of littered oceans. One promising approach is its use in road construction.
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Michael Davies

Michael Davies

28/09/2021

Technical and Marketing Manager, Dover Chemical Corporation
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The BPF Launches Online Recycling Resource with PlasticsEurope & RECOUP

22/09/2021

The British Plastics Federation (BPF), in conjunction with PlasticsEurope and RECOUP, has launched a new online recycling resource kit aimed at educating students about recycling plastics and the science of polymers.
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RECOUP win innovate UK funding for plastics recycling communications research

09/09/2021

Charity, and leading plastics recycling organisation, RECOUP, have secured a grant from Innovate UK, the UK's innovation agency, to co-fund an industry-led communications and behaviour change research project in Kent.
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New method developed to solve plastics sustainability problem

03/09/2021

Plastics sustainability has come a long way in recent years thanks in large part to scientific advances. But even as plastics become more and more environmentally friendly, the world continues to be polluted as many industries rely on them for their widely used products.
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3D printing plastic yourself: students educate themselves about plastics in workshops

16/08/2021

Precisely because plastic is such a versatile material, future generations must also be taught how to use and recycle it responsibly.
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Circular Economy: using digital tools to produce high-quality recyclates

03/08/2021

Only a small percentage of materials currently used in plastic processing are recyclates. Yet these secondary plastics are in no way of inferior quality to virgin material. The culprit is often a lack of data and poor communication between recyclers and plastic manufacturers. Digital solutions can help close material cycles in the plastics industry.
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Carbon dioxide as a raw material for plastics and other products

03/08/2021

Carbon dioxide is one of the main drivers of climate change – which means that we need to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions in the future. Fraunhofer researchers are highlighting a possible way to lower these emissions: They use the greenhouse gas as a raw material, for instance to produce plastics.
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Sensor-based symphony: sorting and recycling in perfect harmony

30/07/2021

What can be recycled, and what can't? Sorting waste is a challenge – for both people and machines. TOMRA, pioneer in this field has introduced its new generation AUTOSORT in 2020 under the motto "Symphony of all sorts". This is intended to take the plastics industry a big step further towards sustainability.
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Röchling BioBoom: bioplastics make cars greener

27/07/2021

Alongside many other industries, the automotive sector is also moving in the green direction. Electromobility is booming. However, plastics produced from non-renewable raw materials such as petroleum are also installed in e-cars. Röchling Automotive has recognized the need for bioplastics that meet the high requirements for automotive applications – and has developed BioBoom.
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Walmir Soller

Walmir Soller

22/07/2021

CEO Braskem Netherlands BV & Vice President Olefins/Polyolefins Europe and Asia
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Recycling robot could help solve soft plastic waste crisis

19/07/2021

Despite an improvement in plastic recycling in recent years, landfill is a growing issue. Soft plastics like cling wrap and plastic bags are a major contributor to the problem, with 94 percent going to landfill in 2016-17.
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Added value for the environment: monitoring production, reducing rejects

14/07/2021

Plastic and its diversity can exert a fascination. This was also the case for Nele Zerhusen. In her bachelor's thesis, she later researched how plastics can be further developed for the benefit of the environment.
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Fraunhofer, SABIC, and Procter & Gamble join forces in closed-loop recycling pilot project

12/07/2021

The Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Circular Plastics Economy CCPE and its Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT have developed an advanced recycling process for used plastics. The pilot project with SABIC and Procter & Gamble serves to demonstrate the feasibility of closed-loop recycling for single-use facemasks.
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Benjamin Von Wong: "I make your impact unforgettable."

08/07/2021

We love plastic. It is versatile, lightweight, durable – and sustainable, as long as it gets recycled or reused. Carelessly discarded in nature, (disposable) plastic products not only give the material a bad image, but above all lead to massive environmental problems. This is precisely the issue that Canadian artist Benjamin Von Wong has addressed.
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Mardianto Adiguno, Aegis Packaging Pte Ltd

Mardianto Adiguno

17/06/2021

Aegis Packaging Pte Ltd
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Sustainable packaging: towards a circular economy in the Asian market

09/06/2021

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Asphalt with a pinch of rubber

07/06/2021

Swiss drivers wear out countless tires. Instead of incinerating them, they could be reused locally: The asphalt of various countries has long contained rubber from used tires. Empa and its partners from industry are adopting this idea for potential applications in Switzerland.
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Cleaning up the polluted edge of the world: Lindner and Comberplast recycle fishing nets

31/05/2021

Presented at K 2019 in Düsseldorf and now used to clean up the edge of the world: Lindner Recyclingtech’s Micromat 1500. Circular economy pioneer Comberplast has been using the machine to successfully shred old fishing nets and ropes collected from the coast of Patagonia.
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VYTAL: the first digital reusable system for Take Away

27/05/2021

Today, the kitchen stays cold: if you don't feel like cooking, you simply have something delivered. However, the meals often come in disposable packaging that only has a short lifespan. This bothered the founders of VYTAL, who developed a deposit-free reusable system. They prove that plastic and sustainability are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
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Fraunhofer researchers develop recyclable, fiber-reinforced material made from 100 percent bio-based polylactic acid

17/05/2021

The Fraunhofer IAP wants to develop a composite material that consists entirely of bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) and is significantly easier to recycle than conventional fiber composites.
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Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resource: "Waste4Future" paves new ways for plastics recycling

17/05/2021

A sustainable society with climate-neutral processes requires significant adjustments in the value chains, which are only possible through innovations. Seven Fraunhofer Institutes are pooling their expertise in the lighthouse project Waste4Future to develop new solutions for this goal, from the raw material base to material flows and process engineering right to the end of a product's life cycle.
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Earth Day 2021: plastics industry vs. climate change

16/04/2021

April 22 is Earth Day. "Restore Our Earth" is the international motto of the action day in 2021. The plastics industry in particular can and must do its part to end environmental pollution and restore the earth to health. Since it was founded over 50 years ago, Earth Day has grown to become a worldwide environmental action day in around 200 countries.
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PRISM – a data platform for the circular economy

06/04/2021

In mid-December, U.S. IT company IBM announced it had joined the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. Together, they are designing the PRISM platform – a unified ecosystem of NGOs, the plastic value chain participants, communities, regulators, and any organization looking to deploy and improve waste management decisions and programs.
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A mild way to upcycle plastics used in bottles into fuel and other high-value products

01/04/2021

Plastic is ubiquitous in people's lives. Yet, when plastic-containing items have fulfilled their missions, only a small amount is recycled into new products, which are often of lower quality compared to the original material. And, transforming this waste into high-value chemicals requires substantial energy.
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Catalyst transforms plastic waste to valuable ingredients at low temperature

01/04/2021

For the first time, researchers have used a novel catalyst process to recycle a type of plastic found in everything from grocery bags and food packaging to toys and electronics into liquid fuels and wax.
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The pandemic will not stop the circular economy

22/03/2021

In the current crisis the sustainable use of resources is not centre stage. The top priority now is to do everything to overcome it. However, the pandemic also shows that the use of plastics must be improved if the world is not to be inundated by waste.
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Sustainable Polyurethanes in your shoebox

18/03/2021

People around the world want embrace sustainability – a new mindset that also affects the fashion industry. But how can you make shoes that have been made with lots of plastic in recent decades more sustainable? Covestro is a world-leading supplier of high-quality polyurethane and teamed up with the Brazilian shoe manufacturer Calçados Beira Rio to put its best foot forward and create a solution.
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Milliken & Company announces acquisition of Zebra-chem

01/03/2021

Milliken & Company, a global diversified manufacturer with more than a century and a half of materials science expertise, has formally acquired Zebra-chem GmbH, a global chemicals company known for its peroxide and blowing agent masterbatches.
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A strong alliance to end "Marine Litter"

24/02/2021

The pollution caused by debris and trash that ends up in oceans, seas, or other large bodies of water ("marine litter") is a challenge, experts around the world are working hard to address. It is undeniably a global concern we must tackle. The plastics industry takes an active role in getting to the bottom of the problem and creating solutions. It pays special attention to "microplastics".
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Raw material recycling in view

19/01/2021

Dealing with used plastics is difficult, especially when they end up in the environment in an uncontrolled way. Neither regulations nor existing waste disposal and recycling measures seem to be able to get a grip on the problem. However, new raw material and chemical recycling processes come just at the right time.
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Eliminating microplastics in wastewater directly at the source

18/01/2021

At the Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Professor Patrick Drogui’s research team has developed a process for the electrolytic treatment of wastewater that degrades microplastics at the source.
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The 17 Global Goals 2030 for Sustainable Development (SDGs 2030).

Plastics – Key Materials for Sustainable Development

09/12/2020

Interview and Abstract by Reinhold W. Lang Institute for Polymeric Materials and Testing Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, Austria
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Face composed of plastic cubes

Identification of off-odours in polymers

25/08/2020

There are limits to the use of olfactorily contaminated plastics for the production of fresh materials. Odorous contamination of them needs to be minimised so that they are suitable for manufacturing new plastic products. A combination of analytical and sensor technology can help to identify olfactory contaminants and to check the efficiency and effectiveness of cleaning processes.
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Plastics make the mannequins’ world go round!

22/05/2020

Display mannequin manufacturers have not only been creative in terms of design. Resource-saving operations have also ranked very high on their agendas for years. There has been in-depth research in developing materials and processes and plastics continue to play a leading role.
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Upcycling spongy plastic foams from shoes, mattresses and insulation

12/05/2020

Researchers have developed a new method for upcycling polyurethane foams, the spongy material found in mattresses, insulation, furniture cushions and shoes.
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Alastair Curtis, Chief Design officer at Logitech

Alastair Curtis

30/06/2019

Chief Design Officer, Logitech
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Sean Carney, Chief Design Officer of Philips

Sean Carney

30/06/2019

Chief Design Officer, Philips
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