Biomaterials & Eco-design

During the early discussion on the transition from fossil feedstock to more sustainable alternatives, much focus was given to energy and fuel production. However, most of the materials we use on a daily basis are also made from fossil sources and should also be substituted by renewable ones to allow for the circular economy to evolve.

In this sense, the use of bio-based materials, such as natural fibers or polymers based on lipids, proteins or sugars, amongst others, can result in more sustainable and eventually biodegradable materials that will cause a lower impact to the environment. Moreover, not only the choice for sustainable materials is necessary, but also the product design should be more attentive to environmental impacts, allowing for greener process and ease of recycling, resulting in an “eco-design”.

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5th Annual Conference and Expo on Biomaterials

5th Annual Conference & Expo on Biomaterials (Biomaterials 2020) during February 24-25, 2020 at Berlin, Germany which includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations, and Exhibitions.

The conference will be organized around the theme: ‘Delve into the opportunities in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering’.

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Circular Materials Conference

Circular Materials Conference is a Nordic forum for industrial, scientific and commercial progress in the circular use of materials. 
The conference will take place from 18 to 20 March in Gothenborg.  

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Natural Fibertastic 2020

NFT2020 does not only focus on technological progress and the feedback of realized show/business cases. Also highlighted are crossovers with current initiatives and how parties can possibly reinforce eachother in upscaling, LCA issues, marketing and design aspects.  The fourth edition of the international event Natural Fibertastic will take place on 16 April 2020 in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands. 

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Stora Enso and Valio team up to unveil wood-based reusable lid.

Pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso and Finnish dairy product manufacturer Valio are planning to introduce wood fibre-based reusable lids made from a biocomposite. Valio and Stora Enso will use the reusable lids to test the wood-based biocomposite in food packaging. It will help the companies understand how biocomposite reacts when in contact with food.

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Researchers assess the environmental impact of bio-based adhesives

Iowa State University researchers have found that bio-based adhesives have more of a positive impact on the environment in comparison to their fossil fuel-based counterparts.

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