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More Japanese firms in green chems

So the green blogger received a call yesterday from a Japanese chemical firm inquiring about bio-based paraxylene (PX). The caller said their Chinese clients have become more interested in renewable-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET).   Of course, this is a very interesting news for me and I’m hoping to get first dibs on further developments from […]

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Biobased isobutanol updates

US bio-butanol producers Gevo and Butamax have been very busy churning out press releases while I was away, and the blog received another two from Gevo this morning.  Gevo announced today that it has partnered with Italy-based Beta Renewables to develop an integrated process for the production of cellulosic-based isobutanol. The project would combine Beta’s […]

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Solazyme production milestones

Algae-based chemicals producer Solazyme announced two production milestones last week: a successful commissioning of its fully-integrated biorefinery in Peoria, Illinois, US; and the start of construction of its Brazilian biorefinery under the Bunge-Solazyme joint venture.   The Peoria facility’s 128,000-liter fermentation operation has been up and running since the fourth quarter of 2011 producing algal […]

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Glycerin-based PG plant in Europe

Greetings green blog fans! I am still fighting off jetlag but there had been soooo many news within the past two weeks that I have a lot of catching up to do before going on another 1-week vacation (my final one this year) starting July 20. Let me start with a favorite topic of mine […]

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Biodegradable plastics in style

It is not just consumer products companies who are jumping into the bioplastics arena but premium brand company Gucci also realized the benefits of bioplastic. The company launched its “Sustainable Soles” edition of women’s and men’s shoes designed by Frida Giannini as part of Gucci’s Prefall 2012 collection. The shoes are made of biodegradable plastics […]

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Danimer’s bio-adhesive for bio-PET

The use of bio-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers is getting another boost with this announcement from DaniMer Scientific. FYI, DaniMer’s sister company Meredian, by the way, is a producer of polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) polymers. DaniMer said that it has partnered with DuPont Tate & Lyle for the use of its bio-based propanediol (PDO) Susterrra, and Myriant for […]

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Ajinomoto, Bridgestone in bio-isoprene

The race for bio-based synthetic rubber development continues with new players – Japan-based specialty chemical firm Ajinomoto and tire company Bridgestone Corp.   According to Ajinomoto’s press release, the two companies will jointly developed isoprene ( a key chemical intermediate for synthetic rubber manufacture) using biomass for feedstock. The companies have been jointly doing research […]

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Brand companies form bio-PET collaboration

The bioplastic industry will be glad to hear that well-known branded companies such as Coca-Cola, Ford Motor, Heinz, Nike and Procter & Gamble, have teamed up to accelerate the development and use of 100% plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic materials and fibers in their products.     The companies formed this group called “Plant PET […]

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Big green chemical news

I set aside some of the news that came my way via email from Gevo, Segetis, Genomatica, LS9 and Solazyme.   Last week, Gevo announced that it has started the world’s first commercial-scale corn-based isobutanol production at its 22m gal/year ethanol facility in Luverne, Minnesota, which was retrofitted to produce 18m gal/year of isobutanol. Gevo’s […]

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Uhde expands into PBS processing

Some of the blog’s readers might be already familiar with biodegradable polymer polybutylene succinate (PBS) if they have been following developments within the biobased succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol (BDO). PBS available in the market is currently manufactured using petrochemical-based succinic acid and BDO. European engineering company Uhde Inventa-Fischer announced last week that it is […]

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