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May 24, 2017 | Green Chemicals Blog

The European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) – a voluntary initiative of industry organizations representing waste collectors, plastic recyclers, PET material producers and brand owners, gave an interim approval for the recyclability of polyethylene furanoate (PEF). Following EPBP’s assessment, PEF bottles are expected to be disposable and recyclable through existing recovery systems the same way as polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

 

Biopolymer to be Used in Household Recycling Containers

May 22, 2017 | Sys-Con Media

In a joint venture between two thermoplastic resin and biopolymer producers, Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc and Braskem will produce and distribute a series of household recycling containers using Braskem's I'm green (TM) Polyethylene under Solegear's Good Natured(TM) brand.

 

New Carbon-Fiber Technique uses Lignin Waste as a Feedstock

May 19, 2017 | Seeker

The new technique works by separating high-density lignin from the jumble of waste material put out by paper mills and biorefineries. This gives manufacturers a viable way to make high-quality carbon fiber cheaply, said researcher Shuhua Yuan, associate professor of plant pathology and microbiology at Texas A&M.

 

New Eco-friendly Insecticide Made from Brazilian Plants

May 17, 2017 | Middle East North Africa Financial Network

Dr. Pires de Lima and his team are using natural waste from locally sourced cashew nuts and castor oil from Brazil to produce environmentally friendly insecticides against mosquitoes carrying Zika and Dengue fever. This new biobased product is a sustainable alternative to conventional, substantially toxic insecticides.

 

Current Green Chemistry Regulations on the U.S. State Level

May 16, 2017 | National Law Review

This article discusses current and potential state green chemistry regimes that have developed recently, as well as some chemical-specific laws, and assesses what might be on the horizon now that TSCA reform has been enacted.