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Compostable coffee pod, EPS-replacing bioplastic, air purifier yields algae for biopolymers, world’s first bark-based bioplastics, $400M biorefinery investment.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

April 8, 2024

2 Min Read
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One of the most dynamic categories in plastics is for bioplastics aka biopolymers and related bio-based materials made from renewable sources.

The articles PlasticsToday publishes related to this high-interest, fast-accelerating topic represent only the fraction of what’s happening in this market. That’s the idea behind this new and regularly updated curated stream of Tweets drawn from X, formerly known as Twitter, dedicated to bioplastic news, research, and innovations. 

To keep the stream fresh, content will be limited to about the last three weeks, so please check back regularly.

NatureWorks & IMA Group develop compostable coffee pod made from Ingeo PLA biopolymer.

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Essentra Components trials PCR content and bioplastics caps and plugs.

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Bioplastic replacement for polystyrene made from starch developed in New Zealand is going commercial.

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AIReactor air purifier cleans air while stimulating algae to grow and processed into a biopolymer used to make durable bioplastic stools and nature-inspired jewelry.

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Startup Bpacks unveils world’s first bark-based biodegradable bioplastics — and they’re food-contact quality.

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Geometric wall sculptures start with 3D-printed petal-like shapes from renewable bioplastic.

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US-based EcoCeres’ receives a $400M investment from Bain Capital. The startup's biorefinery platform converts low-value waste into biofuels and biopolymers.

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Old-school vinyl record made with a new-school bioplastic twist.

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Researchers design bacterial factories capable of transforming plastic and other recalcitrant waste into biodegradable bioplastics.

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Promising marine bioplastics.

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Tomorrow’s biopolymer researchers today: boys engineer a series of bioplastics and tested them for effectiveness, cost, and durability.

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New bioplastic composite extrusion materials.

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TotalEnergies Corbion partnership for label-less embossed PLA bottles.

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Keurig's new K-round pod features a seaweed-based compostable biopolymer puck.

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Planned facility aims to produce 75,000 tonnes of compostable, fully recyclable bioplastic annually made primarily from sugar.

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Project PHASAL will create biodegradable bioplastics from agri-food waste for medical applications.

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Bioplastics are proliferating across the food industry — but climate and chemical concerns remain.

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About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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