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Bioplastics developer Virent is ramping up operations in Madison, Wisconsin, US, thanks to additional investment from Coca-Cola. 10 September 2014
Croatian specialist packaging producer EcoCortec has developed marine biodegradable film products designed to combat the scourge of plastics packaging waste polluting the world’s oceans. 2 September 2014
Australia-based Cardia Bioplastics says due to demand for environmentally friendly bags it has set up a film and bag plant in São Paulo, Brazil, which is due to start production in September 2014. 19 August 2014
Bioplastics maker Meredian didn’t have to go far to find a new investor. 18 August 2014
A biomedical-grade acrylic has been enhanced to ‘self-heal’ underwater, according to a US research team. Their technique took inspiration from the adhesive catechols proteins secreted by mussels. 7 August 2014
A European consortium has developed new bioplastic materials based on PLA and nanoclays, suitable for the automotive sector. 4 August 2014
The European Commission has launched a €3.7bn public-private research partnership, designed to create new ways of processing bio-based materials. This could potentially create biochemicals of value for the plastics sector. 1 August 2014
In Finland researchers have made a bioplastic from rice starch. 31 July 2014
Spain’s institute of plastic technology, Aimplas, is coordinating the two-year ‘Biobottle’ project in partnership with eight European partners. The aim is to develop a new biodegradable material that is resistant to thermal treatment for the manufacture of dairy packaging. 9 July 2014
While biobased plastics account for less than 1% of the plastics resin sector, the 20% annual growth rate has some industry folk are abuzz. 4 July 2014
Italy-based Matrìca, has officially opened the first of its green chemistry plants which will convert vegetable oils into monomers and intermediates, the base products for the production of more complex bio-products. 17 June 2014
Hong Kong-based product development firm Bioserie last month launched what it says is the world’s first line of infant toys made entirely from plant-based polylactic acid and additives. 16 June 2014
The Bioplastics Feedstock Alliance (BFA) consists of a powerful group of brand owners who are assessing criteria for sustainable biomass production. As global demand for bio-based and biodegradable plastics is set to rise yearly by 19%, according to US research group Freedonia, more and more companies will be looking for sustainable, environmentally-low-impact bioplastic feedstock solutions. 11 June 2014
Brazil's Braskem SA, the leading thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas and the world's largest biopolymers producer, inaugurated a new research and development centre on 6 June that will focus on renewable chemical products, with as much as BRL 30m (€10m) in funding available for its projects this year. 10 June 2014
US-based Calysta Energy and NatureWorks have announced an R&D collaboration looking at the transformation of methane into the lactic acid building blocks needed to produce bioplastics. 27 March 2014


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