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Nature Works Integrated Ingeo PLA Manufacturing Plant
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NatureWorks Passes Final Authorization Milestone for New Fully Integrated Ingeo PLA Manufacturing Plant in Thailand

MINNETONKA, Minn., August 9, 2021 – Continuing its global manufacturing expansion plan, NatureWorks, the world’s leading manufacturer of low-carbon polylactic acid (PLA) biopolymers made from renewable resources, has obtained final authorization from parent companies, GC International Corporation Company Limited, a subsidiary of PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC) and Cargill Incorporated (Cargill), to build a new Ingeo™️ PLA manufacturing complex in Thailand. NatureWorks plans to invest in excess of $600 million to construct the complex, which will include production sites for lactic acid, lactide, and polymer, making it the world’s first PLA facility designed to be fully integrated.

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Cellulose foam Papira
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Cellulose foam Papira® by Stora Enso

Papira® by Stora Enso is a lightweight wood fiber-based cellulose foam material for protective and cushioning material in packaging. This novel, sustainable foam material has been designed to be fully natural and the technology offers a biodegradable alternative to a wide range of products.

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Dr. Junpeng Wang - Polymer Scientist
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Polymer Scientist Develops New Method to Solve Plastics Sustainability Problem

Plastics sustainability has come a long way in recent years thanks in large part to scientific advances. But even as plastics become more and more environmentally friendly, the world continues to be polluted as many industries rely on them for their widely used products. The latest research from Dr. Junpeng Wang, assistant professor in UA’s School of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering has a solution to reduce such waste and clear a scientific pathway for a more sustainable future that can appeal to the rubber, tire, automobile and electronics industries.

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Particle boards from crop residue
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How this Pune-Based Startup is Upcycling Crop Residue into Packaging Material, Particle Boards

Founded in 2018 by sibling duo Shubham Singh and Himansha Singh, Pune-based Craste purchases crop residues from farmers and recycles them into packaging material and engineered boards. India’s propensity for agriculture means that the country produces a high amount of agricultural waste. A NITI Aayog report quoting MNRE data states that about 500 million tons of agricultural residue is produced every year; NCBI data reveals that about 92 million tons of crop residue are burnt. 

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Tikkurila: Perfectly paired wooden labels
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Tikkurila: Perfectly Paired Wooden Labels

How to find a label material that not only communicates sustainability but also gives a clear suggestion for the product’s intended use? This was an issue that the Nordic paint company Tikkurila wanted to solve when designing a new updated look for the Valtti exterior paint product family. Close collaboration with a local printing house resulted in finding the perfect wooden label to compliment the packaging.

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Eastman Molecular Recycling Technologies to Advance Procter & Gamble Packaging Goals

KINGSPORT, Tenn. and CINCINNATI, Ohio – August 2, 2021 — Today Eastman (NYSE: EMN) announced that it has entered an agreement with Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG) to further accelerate the transformation of plastic packaging and collaborate on recycling solutions to enable a circular economy. P&G will use Eastman Renew materials in select products and packaging, supporting both companies’ goals to reduce the use of virgin plastic from fossil resources.

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