Nestlé Waters and Danone are the latest beverage makers to investigate biobased polyethylene terephthalate (PET). They are teaming up with the California-based start-up Origin Materials to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance, which hopes to have water bottles made from renewable PET on store shelves by 2020.
There is tremendous business potential in reusing wastes from production processes, and this article explores the specific advantages of using a business’s organic waste as an additional revenue stream in the lucrative biochemicals market.
Microwave-induced rapid synthesis of organic compounds helps to reduce waste formation by reducing unwanted side reactions, maintaining atom economy, and providing products with high yield and, in many instances, with predictable stereochemistry.
Saltwater Brewery has partnered with the ad agency We Believers to create the first fully edible beer can packaging. Made from byproducts of the brewing process such as wheat and barley, their six-pack holders are fully biodegradable and completely digestible for marine animals.
Research is being pursued into how Chilean copper ores can be extracted in a more environmentally sustainable way. Bioactive substances derived from bacteria may replace or reduce chemicals. A further aim is to increase metal yield while extracting metals that are traditionally difficult to separate out, in particular the molybdenum content.
Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces have gained the first insights into how mussel attachment fibers, known as byssus threads, are produced in the mollusk foot. They discovered that this could serve as a blueprint for the environmentally friendly production of complex polymer structures.
Market research company Frost & Sullivan, reveals that next-generation natural materials are expected to replace traditional synthetic materials in the personal care industry.
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