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Five panel members on the stage at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin in December 2023.

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European Bioplastics Conference Panel Discussion: What Future in Europe?

As the world looks to meet the Net Zero aspirations considered vital to a sustainable future, plastics occupy an increasingly precarious position.

A partial breakdown of gycerine trade flows out of Indonesia and around the world in 2023.

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Glycerine: A 21st Century Biobased Feedstock Sweet Spot?

It is two centuries since French scientist Michel Chevreul described the oleochemical glycerine in a patent. An organic chemistry founder,...

Three instances of animated microorganisms and microbes used in surfactants seen at microscopic level.

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Boost in Biosurfactants Output Supports Sustainable Goals

The production of surfactants by combining biomass and microorganisms – such as bacterial agents – is an innovation that is increasingly gaining...

Headshots of the three speakers that will explore low carbon fuels and feedstocks at the AFPM breakfast event.

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Transforming fuels & feedstock: Old carbon to low carbon - AFPM talk

What do chemicals, forestry and renewable fuels value chains all have in common? Well, we've selected a trio of thought leaders to tell you......

A schematic representation of bio-aromatics production incorporating images of food waste, straw, chemical figure drawings and paint pots

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Biobased phthalic anhydride: Can this key feedstock be green?

Phthalic anhydride is a key chemical intermediate in applications from phthalate plasticisers to polyesters. Many types of polyesters can be made via...

Image shows an infographic of the potential for wood-based materials to replace traditionally used materials liek plastic and aluminium

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Paper-Polymer-Plastic: A new 'Rock Paper Scissors' game for the packaging sector

A report from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) BioPreferred Program estimates that new sustainable products and practice within seven...

Image shows an infographic representation of the mass balance approach at varying points in the supply chain

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Circular Economy: Beyond recycle, reuse & reduce

Strategies key to the circular economy include circular supply chains, eco-design, reuse, recovery and recycling of resources. In Europe, the...

image is an infographic showing how chemical recycling of plastic waste streams is worth 120 billion dollars

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Chemical recycling: Towards a circular economy

Worldwide, there are many endeavours to recover and recycle plastics materials. The first phase of such recycling has involved thermoplastic polymers...

Image shows an animated nature scene and contains words of caution around scholarly articles on sustainability issues

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Compelling concepts to kick off a sustainability conversation

Cellulosics are increasingly finding their way back into the global textiles and fibre markets as reliance on fossil-based feedstocks begins to wane...

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Sustainability boost from promising profit: Concept to reality bio-PET

The largest PET producers reported extraordinary results in 2021 and Q1 2022. Along with improved profitability, all the companies provide extended...

Image is a schematic infographic showing the various bio-based routes to polycarbonates

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Polycarbonates from renewable hydrocarbons

It’s no secret that plant-based polycarbonate (PC) can be problematic. Not only does the plastic demonstrate complex technical properties, developing...

Image shows the different routes to develop biobased monopropylene glycol

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Biobased monopropylene glycol: The bumpy road to a decarbonised world

Monopropylene glycol (MPG) – often called simply propylene glycol – is essential to a wide range of products across a variety of industries and...