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Cocona Launches Biodegradable Textiles

Cocona, Inc. has announced that all of its 37.5® staple fibers and filament yarns will include a new biodegradable additive.

This announcement comes after more than three years of research and testing of the sustainable technologies available to textile manufacturing, and specifically testing 37.5 products containing this new biodegradable additive.

“Starting July 1, 2020 Cocona is adding a biodegradable additive to all 37.5 polyester and polyamide staple fibers and filament yarns,” said Jeff Bowman, CEO. “Importantly, we have confirmed that the additive does not affect the ability of products to be recycled and will not add any manufacturing cost or complexity. Because of this, we will be providing this new additive at no additional cost to 37.5 fiber and yarn spinners.”

Dr. Gregory Haggquist, Cocona’s CTO, stated that, “After years of research we were unable to identify any unintended consequences and are confident this decision is in the direction of goodness.”

Third-party testing using the industry standard for biodegradation, ASTM D-5511, has shown that 37.5 products containing the new biodegradation additive decompose by 54% in 341 days reducing to methane, carbon dioxide and a biomass in an estimated 3.35 years if disposed of in a landfill that simulates the conditions found in this standardized test. This is significantly faster than untreated polyester products that are not expected to biodegrade in less than 450 years.

“While there’s little doubt about the need for an answer to end-of-life biodegradation, we also recognize this is not the final solution. Our commitment is to continually evaluate and develop better and more sustainable ways to bring the benefits of 37.5 Technology to the marketplace,” explains Bowman. “We also intend to transparently provide consumers with information regarding the benefits and limitations of the technology.”

“37.5 Technology will continue to be marketed on the basis of comfort and performance. Products containing the biodegradable additive will be sold with a modified hangtag that calls out the presence of the biodegradable additive and includes a scannable QR code that takes consumers to a detailed section on the thirtysevenfive.com website where they can get more information on the additive and others sustainable technologies,” stated Cocona’s Director or Marketing, Preston Brin.

About 37.5® Technology

37.5 Technology is synonymous with Temperature Regulation and has been scientifically proven to significantly reduce the heat index (the mix of temperature and humidity) under garments, thereby increasing the wearer’s performance and comfort.

The Technology is not a chemical finish, but rather permanently infused into fibers and filaments, meaning it will never wash out and last the lifetime of the garment. 37.5® Technology is used in outdoor gear, sports apparel, designer clothing, workwear, police and military uniforms, footwear and sleep systems designed to help the body manage and maintain the optimal core temperature. It was created by Cocona Inc., a world leader in the development, commercialization and marketing of active particle technologies.

The company is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado.

 

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37.5® Technology Announces New Biodegradable Offering

 

Edible Biodegradable Coatings and Films by Italians

IUV Srl is an innovative start-up that was set up in May 2019 focusing on the research, development, production and commercialization of modern, sustainable and natural packaging. The idea behind it, however, dates back to 2011.

“I was in high school in 2011 and, during a Business English lesson, the teacher talked about food waste by analyzing the data released by FAO. I found myself thinking: why not use waste to make something good? My course of studies provided me with the tools necessary to come up with formulas with a practical use thanks to the Columbus’ Egg technology,” explains Cosimo Maria Palopoli,CEO and founder of IUV (in the photo above with Maria Lucia Gaetani, Cto and nutritionist).

“There were also experiments with essential oils on fresh produce as post-harvest agents. The research focused on apples, pears and strawberries. But it was not enough, so we shifted to biopolymers, a class of molecules that derive from matrices connected to life, i.e. vegetable, animal or of fungoid and fossil origin.”

Columbus’ egg is a basic formula featuring biobased biodegradable-compostable natural biopolymers that preserves or improves the freshness, stability, shelf-life, appearance, flavor, color and aroma of food. The solutions offered include edible-biodegradable coatings and biodegradable films.

With the Columbus’ egg system, IUV aims at replacing plastic packaging within the Food&Beverage sector and to fight against food waste.

“What makes us stand out is the fact that we have a single formula that can be used in multiple aspects and that can be applied to food and non-food products. When it comes to food, the technology has been applied to fresh and dried products. On the former, the formula was applied as edible coating which is solid, colorless, flavorless and clear. In specific cases, natural pigments can provide color but remain nonetheless odorless and flavorless.”

Application of edible coating

Edible-biodegradable coatings are solid-elastic multi-layer systems that can be obtained from liquid formulas by way of repeated dipping.

Technical specifications such as layer number, size, thickness, color, aroma and flavor can be modified by using subproducts and waste from the food industry.

They are not a form of packaging per se, but rather natural replacement to additives of synthesis.

“The Columbus’ egg technology, enriched with extract and waste that can be included in the formula, can therefore be strategically personalized and becomes particularly advantageous for final users (i.e. industry and consumers). Shelf-life can be improved further by including natural or synthetic antimicrobials in line with current regulations. In addition, the coating can include functional products for the well-being of consumers such as probiotics and prebiotics.”

In the case of fruit, for example, we can have strawberries placed in their primary packaging but with edible coating. The same can work for fresh fruit salads: coated fresh-cut or ready-to-eat fruit can be placed in its packaging.

The Columbus’ egg™ brand is mostly aimed at companies in the fresh produce, dairy, flour and bakery, meat and fish, beverage and cream industries as well as the retail and H&R channels. “In the future, we are looking to reach the cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets.”

Case study: la mozzarella

“Edible coating is not just used to preserve the quality of a product, but it also represents an economic-financial advantage. Especially when it comes to exports.”

“With this coating, for example, we manage to preserve mozzarella without needing brine or freezing the product, which would usually be necessary with dairy products. Experiments are still being carried out when it comes to fresh produce, but the first results in terms of shelf-life report double values.”

edible biodegradable coatings films columbus egg

 

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IUV’s objective is to replace plastic packaging with coating to reduce food waste

Industrial Production of Textile from Coconut Waste

Australian-based biomaterial technology company Nanollose Ltd has created the world’s first wearable garment using the company’s eco-friendly Tree-Free Rayon fibre (NullarborTM), sourced from sustainable coconut waste.

The sweater is the first of its kind and marks a breakthrough for an industry that is urgently seeking sustainable alternatives to clothing made from traditional rayon and cotton, both of which cause significant environmental issues.

Nanollose Managing Director Alfie Germano said; “We have successfully taken waste and created clothing, and we have done it following industrial protocol. Our fibre was spun into yarn and made into fabric, then manufactured into this garment using existing industrial equipment. It validates our entire process.”

150 million trees are cut down each year, then chipped and treated with hazardous chemicals to extract the raw material used to make Viscose Rayon fibres for clothing. By contrast, Nanollose’s Nullarbor fibre is made without harming a single tree.

“We didn’t have to cut down any trees to create this sweater, and we have now demonstrated that our Tree-Free Rayon fibre can be used in the same way as other commonly-used fibres to make clothing and textiles, without the hefty environmental footprint.” Mr Germano said

Nanollose’s innovative biomaterial technology process begins in a facility where microbes naturally ferment liquid waste products from food industries into cellulose, a cotton-like a raw material that then is transformed into their Nullarbor fibre.

Their process to produce cellulose requires very little land, water or energy and a production cycle is just 18 days, compared to the eight months seen in the cotton industry.

“We believe that we are the only company producing Tree-Free Rayon fibres from waste, and we have now reached a point where our technology is moving out of the laboratory and into the factory. Once we achieve this increased scale, manufactures will have an alternative eco-friendly option available to them.” said Mr Germano.

As more and more headlines revealing the environmental impact of the textile industry emerge, there is an increasing urgency among consumers, brands, retailers and manufacturers to seek and cultivate alternative fibre resources.

“Progressive brands and companies are starting to facilitate this new shift by involving themselves deeper in the supply chain and searching for feasible, sustainable long-term alternatives. This is evident in the increasing number of enquires we have received over the past six months.” Mr Germano said.

This urgency for cleaner alternatives saw retail juggernaut H&M release a sustainability report in April 2017, highlighting their commitment to use 100% sustainably sourced materials by 2030. Similarly, Zara joined the movement with the launch of their new sustainable line ‘Join Life’ modelled by Sasha Pivovrova.

To ensure Nanollose can supply future partners with commercial qualities of fibre, the company is developing a supply chain within an ecosystem around waste from the Indonesian coconut industry (along with waste streams from other industries), and aims to significantly increase fibre production over the next 3-6 months.

“We are a technology company, that has also become a steward in facilitating a new raw material supply chain. The goal is to work with key partners who will simply take waste (instead of trees), produce our Nularbor fibre, and seamlessly integrate them into their clothing supply chain with no retrofitting to existing machinery or processes required”

 

coconut waste textile

 

textile coconut waste

 

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Published on nanollose.com

Nanollose creates the world’s first wearable fashion garment made from liquid waste

 

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Dow is Cleaning up The Beaches

Waste is a fact, but it doesn’t have to be feared. We can tackle this through collection, sorting and processing; and by understanding where and why trash is finding its way into the environment, so we can stop it.

In November, I joined more than 300 volunteers in São Paulo, Brazil, as part of Dow’s #PullingOurWeight clean-up initiative — which brings together employees, partners, customers and local organizations to not only clean-up litter, but to educate “by doing” on the importance of proper disposal of waste and the value of recycling.

Arriving at our clean-up site, which was near a beautiful reservoir, it was surprising to see that a seemingly clean area at first glance was in fact polluted with an abundance of waste. In a short amount of time, our team rallied together to clean up plastic bottles, caps, straws, metal cans, paper wrappers and pieces of wood.

Our local partner, Coopercaps Cooperative, supported our efforts by sorting the collected waste that would later be sold to the appropriate recycling streams.

Why spend a day cleaning and sorting?

Because the world has a trash problem.

There’s too much waste and not enough effective waste-management systems to deal with it, especially in emerging economies such as Asia and Africa.

A lot of it finds its way into rivers or the ocean, washed up on beaches; or littering parks and natural areas, as well as our urban communities … and a seemingly pristine water reservoir.

The #PullingOurWeight event in São Paulo was just one of 175 Dow-hosted clean-ups over the last six months around the world.

Now in its second year, this initiative resulted in 18,000 volunteers cleaning up more than 175,000 pounds of waste — far exceeding 2018’s efforts, which rounded up 5,600 Dow volunteers and 52,500 pounds of trash in 55 cleanups.

A direct reflection of society’s growing concern about this issue and a desire to help on needed solutions.

In growing this program since its launch in 2018, we have identified several key learnings that have enabled us to deliver more impact and help our local communities succeed:

  • Leverage global volunteer events to raise awareness: Over the past two years, Dow has leveraged the #PullingOurWeight events as an opportunity to educate employees on the magnitude of the plastic waste problem and the actions they can take to be a part of the solution. Global platform efforts allow employees to convene and not only give back, but learn more about initiatives that deliver positive social impact.

 

  • Engage outside partners that align to a common sense of purpose: Bringing together industry partners provides the opportunity for a wider dialogue on key issues. These clean-ups have not only engaged employees, but sparked a dialog with external leaders — such as former Olympic athlete Lars Grael; and Valdemar de Oliveira Neto, Impact Business Director at Fundación AVINA, to reflect on the importance of private-sector engagement with initiatives to advance recycling, discuss new business models, new partnerships and new ways of thinking to solve this pressing global issue.

 

  • Align efforts to a larger goal, inspiring employees to come together: Demonstrating to employees that their efforts will ladder up to a larger goal demonstrates that their contributions will be realized on a grander scale. #PullingOurWeight is part of Dow’s 2025 objective to positively impact the lives of 1 billion people; give 600,000 hours to support students and teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; and complete 700 volunteer sustainability projects around the world.

Waste is a fact, but it doesn’t have to be feared. We can tackle this through collection, sorting and processing; and by understanding where and why trash is finding its way into the environment, so we can stop it.

Dow is globally committed to the task.

However, for the world to ultimately be rid of litter in the environment, we must all help do our part to properly dispose of waste, practice recycling and pick up litter wherever you see it.

 

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Published on sustainablebrands.com

Dow: Intent on #PullingOurWeight Around Cleaning Up Plastic Waste

 

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PERSONAL REMARKS

Well done Dow!

Dow seems to be hitting the ball straight when it comes to taking their responsibilities.

Colgate Goes for Recyclable Tube

Mexico City Bans Plastic Bags

Mexico City’s new ban on plastic bags has inspired visions of a journey back in time even as local makers of the packaging worry they could become obsolete.

The city’s government this week banned single-use plastic bags to complement worldwide efforts to protect the environment, sparking protests from companies that produce them.

“We have to take plastic out of circulation,” said Andree Lilian Guigue, the official overseeing the ban in Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest metropolises. “Plastic and other waste products that damage the planet end up in the ravines, woods and public spaces of the city – and nobody cleans it up.”

The ban that began Jan. 1 prohibits the sale or distribution of the bags pervasive everywhere from Walmart to corner shops.

Plastics industry association ANIPAC says the roughly 20 million people who live in Mexico City and its sprawl use about 68,000 tons of bags a year.

Fines for plastic offenders could range from 42,000 pesos ($2,219) to 170,000 pesos.

Gabriel Sanchez, who hawks produce at a marketplace, said the ban was a return to 1960s packaging.

 

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Mexico City goes back to the future with plastic bag ban

 

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Canadian McDonalds Pilot Plastic-Free Packaging

Same fries, same shakes, new packaging.

One London McDonald’s location is leaving plastic packaging behind, doling out wooden cutlery, paper straws and paper cup lids to patrons as part of a closely tracked pilot project by McDonald’s Canada’s corporate office.

The McDonald’s restaurant at 1033 Wonderland Rd. South is one of only two locations in the country testing plastic-free packaging.

“These restaurants are at the forefront of helping McDonald’s and our franchisees achieve our packaging reduction goals,” McDonald’s communications manager Leanna Rizzi said in an email.

The other location in Canada testing the more eco-conscious utensils and packaging is in Vancouver.

The fast-food giant is tracking customer response at both locations.

“We are encouraged by the general consumer reactions to date,” Rizzi said.

“We are gathering information on what guests like about the new packaging to learn about customer expectations and preferences.”

The McFlurry spoons and lids are still plastic at the Wonderland Road location, but the forks, knives, other spoons and coffee stir sticks at the store are made of wood. Cup lids are made of recyclable wood fibre with straws made of paper.

“When I go to other places and get a plastic drink lid, I say to myself, ‘Why are we still doing this?’” said Melissa McNicol, who dropped by the Wonderland Road South restaurant.

“It’s a great idea,” Mo Almusawi said while eating lunch with his children at the restaurant. “I think it’s a good move for the environment.”

The lessons McDonalds Canada learns from its two Green Concept stores will help shape chain-wide policy, the company says.

McDonald’s Canada’s move comes amid increasing public scrutiny over the toll disposable, single-use plastics take on the environment.

Fast-food giant A&W and Recipe Unlimited Corporation – the parent company of Harvey’s, Swiss Chalet, New York Fries and several other chain restaurants – phased out plastic straws at Canadian locations this year.

Starbucks is swapping plastic straws for strawless drink lids at its stores by 2020.

McDonald’s Canada says its eventual goal is to source 100 per cent of its food packaging from renewable or recycled materials.

The plastic-free packaging isn’t the only item McDonald’s is testing in the region. The company is trying its new plant-based burger at 17 locations in London and 11 others across Southwestern Ontario.

 

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London McDonald’s one of two Canadian stores piloting plastic-free packaging

 

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How Did McDonalds Cope With the French Plastic Ban?

Let’s have a look at how «McDo» dealed with the French plastic ban.

I went to “McDo” located close to the Chateau de Versailles on the 4th of January 2020.

Le Chateau was built by Louis XIV, the man who put France on the Map.

Here’s what I saw:

Plastic Straws

McDo removed plastics straws and didn’t provide a (paper) substitute.

They launched an information campaign on the cups to inform their customers.

How smart!

Well done !

Plastic Lids

They replaced the plastic cup lids with paper lids.

Why not remove the lids all-together?

McDo provided instructions on their cups on how to use the new paper lids.

Well done!

mcdonalds paper lid
Mcdonald’s paper lid

Paper Cups

McDo kept the paper cups with plastic coating.

The cups are single-use packaging, not recyclable and contaminated with food after use.

In-Store Marketing

McDo’s in-store marketing material contained plastic straws .. an illegal item since January 1, 2020. Let’s put it this way … plastic straws haven’t left McDo completely.

Plastic Straws used for In-store Marketing
Plastic Straws used for In-store Marketing

Customer Information

No in-store customer information to educate the customers about what changed since January 1 (besides info on the cups).

I spoke to employees and their knowledge about the ban was a bit limited.

I think they should have (1) educated their employees; (2) used their paper trays cover to provide more info.

Waste Collection

No separate collection of waste.

“One bin fits all”; or shall we say “One bin fits none”?

One Bin Fits All
One Bin Fits All

Clam Shells

They kept the paper clam shells with plastic coating.

The clam shells are single-use packaging, not recyclable  and contaminated with food after use.

Do the clam shells fall under the SUP ban or should it be considered as “packaging”?

The law makes an exception for “packaging”.

Probably SUP!

Why?

It’s not hermetically sealed and besides McDo … most burgers are not sold in clam shells.

What will happen to McDonald’s iconic clam shell?

It will have to go.

This is going to be the packaging move of the year 2020 … the disappearances of McDonald’s clam shell.

How and by what will it be replaced with?

This is going to be the end of an era … the end of a legend … the end of a marketing icon.

 

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Ukrainian Startup Launches Bioplastics Straws

Ukrainian startup Yes Straws has launched biodegradable, single-use drinking straws made from cane stems.

he stems are usually treated as waste in agriculture processes so using these by-products helps to save natural resources and provide farmers in poor regions with extra earnings, Yes Straws officials pointed out.

They can be used with both cold and hot drinks and come in three sizes. Small straws can be used for any kind of drinks, medium straws suit fresh juices and smoothies, and large straws are well-suited for for bubble teas.

The company says it currently produces two million drinking straw monthly for distributors, coffeehouses, hotels and restaurants in domestic markets and in Europe and the Americas.

“Today people constantly face air, water, and land pollution.

More and more animals die losing their natural habitat or being damaged by waste.

And plastic is one of the biggest problems here due to its low ability to decompose,” said Yes Straws chief operating officer Olesya Vershigora.

“Therefore, every company and individual must care about the produced and consumed products.

We can see a positive tendency of opting for eco alternatives and moving to conscious consumption.”

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Published on vendingtimes.com

Biodegradable Cane Stem Straws Provide Alternative To Plastic

Kaneka Builds 5.000 tons PHBH Plant

Kaneka has completed the capacity building of its Biodegradable Polymer PHBH at the Takasago Plant. The completion ceremony was held on December 17th.

The investment was around 2.5 billion yen, the production capacity is approximately 5,000 tons / year, five times that of the previous model.

In recent years, marine pollution caused by microplastics has become a global social problem as it affects ecosystems.

However, PHBH ® , a 100% plant-derived biopolymer, is certified to biodegrade in seawater.

It acquired “OK Biodegradable MARINE (1) certificate and is expected to contribute to reducing marine pollution.

In addition, it has been added to the positive lists of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Sanitation Council for Polyolefins and the European Commission , and the countries and regions that can be used for food contact applications are expanding.

In Europe, various regulations have been tightened to reduce disposable plastics.

In France, regulations are tightened from January 2020, and PHBH ® sales are expected to expand rapidly.

The PHBH ® straws were adopted in November by Seven-Eleven (10,000 stores in Japan) and we are also jointly developing cosmetic containers with Shiseido.

In addition, many global brand holders are studying a wide range of applications such as straws, plastic bags, cutlery, and food containers and packaging materials, and the 5,000-ton / year plant is expected to become fully operational at an early stage.

In addition to the expansion of production capacity, it is expected that construction of a full-scale mass production plant will be decided at an early stage in order to respond to the growing demand on a global scale in a timely manner.

Based on the idea that Kaneka makes the world healthy, we will continue to provide value globally as a solution provider.

In September, we issued a green bond (environmental bond) for the purpose of financing PHBH ® production facilities and R&D.

(1) In seawater (30 ℃), biodegradability should be 90% or more within 6 months.

 

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Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH® plant completed annual production of 5,000 tons