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Pictures of a dozen oleochemicals uses shown in small round circles around a title oleochemicals applications.

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Oleochemicals: Uses in 21st Century Manufacturing Supply Chains

A decade ago, a unique concept car built using eco-friendly polyols by a 185-year-old US-based company left some sector participants scratching their...

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

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Oleochemicals, Renewable Resources from Nature: An Introduction

Oleochemical is a term derived from the Latin oleum, meaning olive oil. But, like much inherited Latin, it is a misleading collective noun for the...

A white plastic container bearing the words 'the future of plastics' positioned on top of a tree leaf on a table.

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The Graduate 2024: One Word 'Plastics', Now Two—Lignins and PEF

The famous line about “Plastics” from the 1967 film The Graduate, starring Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, continues to enjoy iconic status...

A pile of electronic waste including a monitor, phones and other technology.

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Exploring Solvents and Adhesives in a World Fixated with Disassembly

Thousands of years ago—it is thought—Neanderthals used birch bark tree tar (Betula) for primitive dentistry applications. Last year, it was...

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...