Biological Polymers as a Catalyst for the Circular Economy (Part 2)

As many of you liked the article on biological polymers that can lead to circular manufacturing models, I will dive deeper into this topic, explaining how a transition to biological polymers could be achieved. So far we have learned that the most abundant organic biopolymers like cellulose and chitin can be used to produce very strong…

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Beyond Orange Peel: Using Waste to 3D Print Cups (3DPrint.com)

Unlocking the value of a circular economy using 3D printing is leading innovation everywhere. Recovery initiatives to increase sustainability, like reusing plastic waste and turning it into 3D printing filament, are becoming more common. In tune with the need to care for Earth’s limited resources, Italian studio Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), in partnership with global energy…

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Food waste as raw material for 3D printed bioplastics (Innovation Origins)

Extracts of lemon and almond peels can be used for sustainably produced car parts and building components. This BARBARA project jointly funded by the European Union and industry ensures that food waste can be put to good use, replacing petroleum-based plastics with more environmentally friendly bioplastics. The BARBARA project is supported by the European consortium called…

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Recycling of filament

Plastics and their byproducts are littering our cities, oceans, and waterways, and contributing to health problems in humans and animals. 70 % of the deep sea fish have eaten plastic and 55 % of fish species were even found with microplastics in their body. But as the number of uses rises, so does the demand for…

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Benefits of Bioplastics

One of the main reasons why bioplastics have not been adopted more yet, is that often they can’t compete on price with fossilbased materials (at least this goes for the traditional manufacturing technologies). That means they need to offer other benefits, let’s have a look into these benefits. There are two major advantages of biobased plastic…

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Bioplastics: An Overview

There are many misconceptions and myths when it comes to Bioplastics. One example for such a misconception is that bioplastics are considered to be always compostable and can’t be used for engineering applications. However this is not true. Let us have a closer look and see what bioplastics are. According to European Bioplastics, a plastic material…

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Fantastic Fungi

Mushrooms are fascinating organisms, they shape the world and offer lessons for how to live in it. Technically, mushrooms are neither plant nor animal but a third category: fungi. All mushrooms are fungi, but not all fungi are mushrooms. For those fungi that produce them, the mushroom plays a similar role to a flower or a…

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HILOS presents custom-made 3D printed fully circular women shoes (3dpbm)

HILOS is introducing a radically new way to make shoes that blends artistry with performance. The Portland-based company combines the traditional insole, midsole, and outsole of a shoe into a single 3D printed platform that embodies the performance requirements of each of these layers within a complete construction. Inset into the platform is a woven mesh of…

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Eurovision has 3D Printed a Giant Trophy to Promote Circular Economy (3D Natives)

The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual competition involving various artists and performers representing countries that are members of the European Broadcasting Union. To mark the occasion in the Netherlands this year, a giant 3D printed trophy made from recycled PET has been made at one of the main locations in Rotterdam. The goal? To promote a circular…

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The Biological Revolution

You begin your day with a breakfast of synthetic toast and lab-grown cheese, a diet optimized to your own genetic preferences. You put on your biosynthetic coat made from fibers that can self-repair. You drive to work in a car that uses biofuels produced by microbes engineered using synthetic biology. The headphones you are using at work…

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Ford, HP Turn 3D Printer Waste into Recycled Materials for Cars (Environmentalleader)

In a first for recycled materials in the auto industry, Ford has teamed up with HP to turn 3D printer waste, powders and parts, into injection molded vehicle parts. The recycled materials are being used to manufacture injection-molded fuel-line clips installed first on Super Duty F-250 trucks.  The parts have better chemical and moisture resistance than…

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A Community of Sustainable 3D-Printed Houses Is Popping Up in California (Hypebeast)

A new community of environmentally-friendly 3D-printed homes is being built in the California desert. Sustainable real estate developer Palari Group is teaming up with modular homebuilding service Mighty Buildings to construct 15 homes along a five-acre plot of land in Rancho Mirage, California, using 3D printing and robotic automation. The $15 million USD project, announced earlier this month, will…

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Circular Economy: Supernovas Transforms Plastic Waste into 3D Printed Furniture (3DPrint.com)

Plastic waste is being converted into filaments used to 3D print unique furniture and objects. Supernovas, a recently launched London and Milan-based circular design and lifestyle company, has shown that PET plastic waste from recycled bottles and product packaging can be transformed into recycled and recyclable products that are not only sustainable but also beautiful. This revolutionary way to re-use…

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Recycling of Plastics (alone) won’t save the Environment

Only 2 % of all world’s plastic is recycled for the same or similar products. That means that even the worldwide recycling quote of just 14 % reflects not the recycling amount that stays in the loop. The majority of this plastics is downgraded to less complex outdoor products like benches or decks. With other words,…

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Neste reveals new bio-based feedstock

Neste has announced Neste RE - a new recycled, bio-based feedstock that is compatible with existing polymer and chemical production infrastructures. The company hopes that its new product will help to reduce the need for virgin fossil resources, while also providing a new solution to the end-of-life related challenges the polymers and chemicals industries are facing today.…

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A Promising Production Model for Bioplastics (Earth911)

Once hailed as a miracle material, plastic has turned into a problem of global proportions. Prized for its plasticity (hence the name), today plastic is used in or wrapped around almost everything. Despite serious environmental problems, that ubiquity makes it impossible to simply quit using plastic. In the search for an environmentally friendly alternative, bioplastics have shown…

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