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Meredian Holdings Group (MHG) has started its first commercial-scale fermenter making PHA bioplastic at its plant in Bainbridge, US. 17 August 2015
The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University, UK has announced that it is leading the consortium ADMIT BioSuccInnovate, an initiative funded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT), along with Reverdia and other European partners. 27 July 2015
European Bioplastics, a trade group that represents the bioplastics industry, has welcomed new French laws to introduce biobased, compostable plastics to some packaging and fruit and vegetable bags. 24 July 2015
Hisun Biomaterials China's Hisun Biomaterials sees a big opportunity for production of degradeable plastics. 20 July 2015
UK-based processor Johnson Matthey Process Technology and US-based Rennovia which focuses on production of bio-based chemicals and products, have announced that they have started up a mini-plant for production of bio-based glucaric acid (the key intermediate in the production of bio-based adipic acid for bio-based nylon) from glucose using jointly developed technology. 17 July 2015
European Bioplastics, a trade group that represents the bioplastics industry, has welcomed efforts by the European Parliament to revive plans for moving towards a circular economy. 15 July 2015
Italian injection press maker Sandretto is moving in three new directions at once: bioresins, additive manufacturing and energy recovery from trash. 13 July 2015
A bio-composite based facade system impressed the JEC awards judges with its commercial mix of high performance and environmental sustainability, writes James Snodgrass in this feature for PNE. 23 June 2015
Lego will invest 1bn Danish krone (€134m) and hire more than 100 employees as it looks for sustainable materials to replace ABS used in its bricks, by 2030. The company will create the Lego Sustainable Materials Center at its headquarters in Billund. The effort will include current Lego employees, but the company also expects to recruit more than 100 materials specialists during the coming years. 19 June 2015
Amut, the Italian manufacturer of plastics processing machinery, has been chosen by the University of Pisa’s engineering department to collaborate on four research projects sponsored by the European Commission. The projects involve research into the use of bio-based materials, recycled materials, and biodegradable and compostable materials. 16 June 2015
Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) has announced that it aims to reduce the amount of virgin plastics that go into its packaging by upping the use of rPET or renewable plastics to 40%.  12 June 2015
The Coca-Cola Company has unveiled the world’s first PET plastic bottle made entirely from plant materials. 5 June 2015
Netherlands-based biofeedstocks supplier Corbion has announced that it has signed letters of intent for one-third of the volume of a 75 kTpa PLA polymerisation plant. PLA is a bioplastic that is both biobased and biodegradable. 11 May 2015
High prices, product availability and basic ignorance are hampering sales of biodegradable and bio-based plastics in the agricultural, forestry and landscaping sectors, according to a new survey. 8 May 2015
Biotechnology students at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created the world’s first surfboard made from polyols derived from algae. 8 May 2015

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