The Finnish pulp and paper specialist Stora Enso is joining in partnership with the furniture giant Ikea and fashion giant H&M to create sustainable textiles. Stora Enso will be joining the joint venture called “TreeToTextile” and set up a demonstration plant at one of its Nordic facilities to support the production of cellulose-based textiles.
Scientists at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have created a new composite material to be used for 3D printing that makes use of lignin and which could spur a profitable new use of lignin.
A chemical engineer at the University of Sheffield has found that useful products (e.g. paint and sweeteners) can be made from the chemicals extracted from pine needles of Christmas trees when processed.
The paper and paper products company Carvajal Pulpa y Papel annually converts around 1,100,000 tonnes of cane bagasse into paper, according to local press reports. This represents less than 30% of the bagasse produced at the country’s mills.
Researchers from the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG) and the Institute for Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology (IBMCP), in collaboration with the IATA, have developed a biotechnological tool to produce, in a very efficient manner, antifungal proteins in plants.
The government of the city of Wusu (Xinjiang, China) and Cathay Industrial Biotech signed on 6th December an agreement for the expansion of Cathay’s biobased chemicals production unit in Wusu.
Researchers from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics (DICP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University have succeeded in the catalytic conversion of aqueous ABE (acetone, n-butanol, and ethanol) fermentation broth to phase-separable 4-HPO with ~86% selectivity and ~70% conversio
Scientists previously succeeded in producing furan-2.5 dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from 5-(hydroxymethyl)furfural (HMF) but couldn’t adopt this process for industrial application because of the high amount of by-products and the small yield of FDCA that remains.
The specialty chemicals company Croda International recently announced the launch and certification of its ECO range of bio-based surfactants, ingredients designed to meet increasing market demand for sustainable, high-performance ingredient options.