bioplastic Articles

  • Bioplastic production using wood mill effluents as feedstock

    Fibreboard production is one of the most important industrial activities in Galicia (Spain). Great amounts of wastewater are generated, with properties depending on the type of wood, treatment process, final product and water reusing, among others. These effluents are characterized by a high chemical oxygen demand, low pH and nutrients limitation. Although anaerobic digestion is one of the most ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Industry Responds To Revised European Parliament Report On Waste Legislation

    On June 9, 2016, European Bioplastics (EUBP) announced the support of a European Parliament (EP) report emphasizing the role of bioplastics in the creation of a circular bioeconomy. The report, produced by Italian MEP Simona Bonafè¨, outlines legislation that is ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Mirel- a revolutionary biodegradable plastic

    An interview with the Marketing Director of Mirel bioplastic describing the product's attributes, as well as excerpts from several of the companies that have purchased Mirel to use in their end products. Among the companies featured,  include Ball Horticultural, a maker of plant products for gardeners and commercial farm operations.  Ball's product is a bio-degradable plant container ...

  • DOE Announces Funding For Two Next-Generation Biofuel Projects

    On August 27, 2015, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced funding for two projects focused on the development of next-generation biofuels. Texas A&M University will receive up to $2.5 million to support its efforts in developing a single-unit process to convert lignin in the production ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Valuable product production from wood mill effluents

    Fibreboard production is one of the most important industrial activities in Galicia (Spain). Great amounts of wastewater are generated, with properties depending on the type of wood, treatment process, final product and water reusing, among others. These effluents are characterized by a high chemical oxygen demand (COD), low pH and nutrients limitation. Aerobic and anaerobic processes have been ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • California passes bill to ban biobased microbeads

    On May 22, 2015, the California State Assembly passed the Plastic Microbeads Nuisance Prevention Law, a bill designed to ban the use of microbeads in beauty products and prevent the environment harm that occurs when they inevitably end up in waterways. California is not the first state to restrict microbeads as Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, and Colorado have also done so and several other states ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Microaerophilic conditions support elevated mixed culture polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) yields, but result in decreased PHA production rates

    For commercial polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) production the objective is to maximise the fraction of feedstock that ends up as polymer, and minimise biomass growth. In this paper, oxygen limitation was applied to achieve this. Intracellular PHA content in mixed cultures in batch systems operated with low and high DO was compared. It is shown that in microaerophilic conditions a higher fraction of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Don`t forget water in the true cost of biobased packaging

    The additional 3 billion middle-class consumers expected by 2030 presents one of today’s greatest challenges, but they also provide one of the business community’s greatest financial opportunities. Against the backdrop of an increasingly resource-constrained world and volatile commodity prices, business as usual is not an option. The scalable, resource-efficient business ...


    By Trucost Plc

  • The search for sustainable plastics

    As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials. The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a churning mass of polymers that can be ...


    By Ensia

  • Managing Compostable Bags At Anaerobic Digestion Plants

    The highest and best use for treating residential food waste is through source separation, sending organics first to anaerobic digestion (to capture energy), followed by aerobic composting (to return nutrients to the soil). Sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities requires appropriate tools and planning for capturing high volumes of material with low contamination. Compostable ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • A horizon scan of global conservation issues for 2015

    This paper presents the results of our sixth annual horizon scan, which aims to identify phenomena that may have substantial effects on the global environment, but are not widely known or well understood. A group of professional horizon scanners, researchers, practitioners, and a journalist identified 15 topics via an iterative, Delphi-like process. Wetlands International was part ...


    By Wetlands International

  • Cellulose recovery from municipal wastewater

    During Aquatech 2015 the Dutch technology developer Brightwork set in the spotlight the recovery of cellulose from waste water. The project Cellulose Assisted Dewatering of Sludge (CADoS) aims at separating cellulose fibres from toilet paper from waste water using finescreening technology. After separation the fibres serve as a filter aid for effective dewatering of biological sludge. The ...

  • Genome-scale metabolic modeling to provide insight into the production of storage compounds during feast–famine cycles of activated sludge

    Studying storage metabolism during feast–famine cycles of activated sludge treatment systems provides profound insight in terms of both operational issues (e.g., foaming and bulking) and process optimization for the production of value added by-products (e.g., bioplastics). We examined the storage metabolism (including poly-β-hydroxybutyrate [PHB], glycogen, and ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Editorial: Tracking The Industry

    A MARKET Of Opportunity.” That is how we define the continually expanding organics recycling sector in a headline on the Industry Profile page in BioCycle’s 2017 Media Planner. But the headline begs the questions: Who is in this market? How big is it? What quantities and types of organics are being recycled? How many people does this market employ? BioCycle industry data collected in ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Composting infrastructure trends in the UK

    The European Union's Landfill Directive, which restricts landfilling of biodegradable waste, has made it necessary to develop alternative infrastructures to manage the organic fraction of the solid waste stream. In the United Kingdom, the Landfill Directive has created demand for composting facilities that take source separated organics (SSO), and for anaerobic digestion. Infrastructure also is ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Viability and commercial advantages/disadvantages of renewable feedstocks at biobased summit

    The 6th Annual Next Generation Biobased and Sustainable Chemicals Summit took place this week in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Summit was co-located with the InformEx Fine and Specialty Chemical Conference, which provided expanded programming and exposure to a larger audience. Senior executives from Verdezyne, Elevance Renewable Sciences, Lanzatech, Succinity, Novasep, Corbion Purac and more joined ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Compostable Plastics And Environmental Marketing Claims

    According to a bottled water survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS) for Brand Packaging published in August 2011, where shoppers were interviewed in person to gain some insights on marketing claims, environmental and recycling messages were misunderstood and not even noticed by a majority of consumers interviewed. In fact, only 50 out of 200 shoppers even noticed the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Compostable Products And Postconsumer Food Scraps

    “Death of Composting” read the title of a blog posted in June by Ayr Muir, founder and CEO of Clover Food Lab, a restaurant group in Boston, Massachusetts. Startling, to say the least, and certainly compelling to read. Muir’s blog described how Clover Food Lab, a Boston restaurant company, moved to 100 percent compostable products in 2010: “I’d spent 18 months trying ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Plastic bags should be managed, not banned

    Cities in a number of Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan, are currently on the warpath against plastic shopping bags. The cities have passed local laws that ban such bags, on the basis that they clog sewers and drainage canals, cause street flooding, choke animals and are responsible for other forms of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New research may solve the problem of plastic wastes

    GLOBE-Net, May 8, 2013* - Plastic - it is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and an almost indestructible part of the garbage that daily ends up in our landfills, incinerators, junk yards, in our rivers or oceans, or in the bellies of fish or animals that form part of our food chain.  Every year, over 260 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally. That is ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

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