biobased plastics processing

The Processing of Biobased Plastics – Part 1

Biobased plastics provide a solution to a problem that we are all familiar with. Current plastics are mostly derived from petroleum-based feedstock and thus inevitably introduce carbon to the environment that was previously stored in underground fossil reservoirs. In contrast, biobased plastics are made from feedstock derived from biological sources and thus only introduce carbon …

Innovative project recycling soft-PVC

PVC recycling PVC is versatile in its properties and can be described as durable, resistant, light and insulating. In addition, these properties can be manipulated by adding additives, such as plasticisers. These plasticisers make the polymer softer and more flexible, and thus make it suitable for additional applications. In contrast to normal “hard” PVC, this …

The Northern Netherlands is providing solutions for EU green ambitions

  Coronajaar 2020 was voor noordelijke chemie- en kunststofbedrijven een jaar waarin stevige stappen op weg naar vergroening zijn gezet. Voor de volgende stap is geld nodig. Samenwerkingsverband Bio Cooperative Noord-Nederland heeft het verhaal klaar.   Paques Biomaterials uit Balk wil in het Noorden een fabriek bouwen waar uit afvalwater korrels worden geproduceerd die weer …

Chemical recycling – Towards a circular economy for plastics

The global challenge of combating plastic pollution has gained increased attention in the recent years. For example, in 2018 the “European Strategy for Plastic in a Circular Economy” was adopted with the aim of transforming the way plastic products are designed, produced, used and recycled. As a concrete example the EU aims to achieve 100 …

PolyHydroxyAlanoate (PHA): The time is ripe for a turning point in plastic history

Plastic pollution is a growing global problem because commercial plastics are not biodegradable. The way we currently design, produce and consume plastics is both unsustainable and inefficient. One of the important measures to combat plastic pollution and then secure a sustainable future for people and the environment is to rethink the design of plastic products. …

Meten van Circulariteit? Dat kan!

Ondanks de groeiende aandacht voor de circulaire economie is circulariteit voor veel organisaties nog een complex en onbezonnen begrip. En dat is heel goed te begrijpen, want hoe meet je circulariteit nou precies? Wanneer je het over de energietransitie hebt, dan is meten relatief simpel – je meet in energie-eenheden. Maar wanneer je het hebt …