Issue #2: Bioweekly Newsletter

What's new in the bio-products space? It's a sector that's constantly evolving, and the following stories just scratch the surface of recent developments in new biomaterials and applications.
Issue #2: Bioweekly Newsletter
Issue #2: Bioweekly Newsletter

In this edition:

  • $21 Million in funding supports development of ZymoChem's proprietary fermentation process.
  • Corrugated packaging processes now integrating bio-based polyethylene.
  • Texen Group and Sulapac have partnered to offer custom cosmetic packaging made from biobased materials.
  • Michelin, IFPEN and Axens inaugurate the first industrial-scale demonstrator of a bio-based butadiene plant in France.
  • A study highlights the environmental superiority of recycled PLA compared to virgin feedstock.
  • Lenzing has developed a new process to use its Tencel wood-based fiber for fabrics stretch and recovery properties.
  • Vivobarefoot has partnered with Balena to combine 3D printing with biomaterials for Sustainable Footwear Solutions.

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$21 Million in Funding for ZymoChem

Bio-based polymer maker ZymoChem has secured $21 million in funding from investors including Breakout Ventures, Toyota Ventures, lululemon, and SOSV. The company's proprietary fermentation process converts renewable feedstocks into high-performance, bio-based, and biodegradable polymers with minimal CO2 emissions. This technology offers a significant cost advantage, improving yields by up to 50% compared to alternative processes. 

Bio-based polymer maker ZymoChem nets $21M from Toyota, lululemon - IndieBio - #1 in Early Stage Biotech
ZymoChem (IndieBio 01) landed $21M from investors including Breakout Ventures, Toyota Ventures, lululemon, and SOSV. The company’s bio-based polymers have wide-ranging applications from textiles to automotive. ZymoChem converts renewable feedstocks into a variety of high-performance, bio-based, biodegradable polymers with near-zero CO2 emissions. The proprietary fermentation process improves yields by up to 50% versus alternative processes creating a […]

Bio-based Polyethylene (PE) in Corrugated Post-Printing

LeadEdge Flexo has launched a new mounting material called cbak evolve™️, which aims to reduce the corrugated printing industry's reliance on synthetic virgin material without compromising performance. The material is made from bio-based Polyethylene (PE) and incorporates at least 30% bio-based material. It offers exceptional print performance, reduced plate height, and operational advantages for printers. LeadEdge Flexo sees cbak evolve™️ as a step towards a more sustainable option for the corrugated market.

A new dawn in corrugated plate mounting: LeadEdge Flexo launches cbak evolve™️
LeadEdge Flexo, a renowned innovator in the field of corrugated post-printing solutions, proudly announces the launch of its brand new cbak

Bio-based Packaging for Cosmetics

Texen Group and Sulapac have partnered to revolutionize beauty packaging by offering custom cosmetic packaging made from biobased materials. This collaboration aims to provide eco-conscious consumers with sustainable options while delivering a premium beauty experience. Texen Group's advanced technical capabilities allow for intricate designs, while Sulapac's materials contribute to reduced carbon footprint and the integration of recycled content.

Bio-Based Beauty Packaging
Texen Group and Sulapac - Texen Group and Sulapac are revolutionizing beauty packaging for eco-conscious consumers worldwide. Texen Group, a leading French provider in luxur…

Bio-Butadiene Plant Supports Michelin's Goal of Using 100% Renewable or Recycled Materials by 2050

Michelin, IFPEN, and Axens have inaugurated the first industrial-scale demonstrator of a plant producing bio-based butadiene in France. The project, called BioButterfly, aims to develop and commercialize butadiene from ethanol derived from biomass, replacing butadiene from petrochemicals. The demonstrator will validate the manufacturing process and pave the way for global commercialization of this new technology. The initiative aligns with Michelin's goal of using 100% renewable or recycled materials in its tires by 2050.

Michelin - Inauguration of the first industrial-scale demonstrator of a plant producing butadiene from bioethanol in France
A major step towards accelerating the development of the bio-based butadiene sector and paving the way to commercializing the technology

Recycling of PLA Reduces Carbon Footprint Compared to Virgin Material

TotalEnergies Corbion's life-cycle assessment (LCA) reveals that advanced recycling of polylactic acid (PLA) has a lower environmental impact than production from virgin feedstock. The LCA specifically highlights the reduced global warming potential of recycled Luminy PLA compared to virgin PLA. The study emphasizes the importance of considering the temporary carbon storage in bio-based materials and showcases the benefits of recycling PLA in terms of reduced carbon footprint and sustainable end-of-life.

TotalEnergies Corbion report identifies Luminy recycled PLA environmentally superior to virgin feedstock
19 Jan 2024 --- TotalEnergies Corbion has found that the advanced recycling of polylactic acid (PLA) as a production process has a lower environmental impact than its production from virgin feedstock. The company conducted a life-cycle assessment (LCA) for recycled Luminy PLA, utilizing waste streams as feedstock for a bio-based polyester. Specifically, the company reports the global warming potential (GWP) of Luminy 30% rPLA, considering its biogenic carbon content, is 0.19 kgCO2/kg of PLA, whereas virgin Luminy PLA emits 0.51 kgCO2/kg of PLA. Maelenn Ravard, regulatory and sustainability manager at TotalEnergies Corbion, stresses the significance of advanced recycling, stating, “depolymerizing PLA via hydrolysis is an energy-efficient process allowing us to close the loop and increase circularity for a bio-based material. The LCA results only confirm this statement.”

Lenzing Develops New Fossil-Free Process for Stretch Fabrics

Lenzing, the Tencel lyocell manufacturer, developed a new process that allows its wood-based fiber to create stretch fabrics with enhanced recovery properties. This fossil-free process maintains closed-loop production and traceability while addressing the fashion industry's reliance on fossil-fuel based synthetics. The stretch fabrics offer comfort, easy care, and maintain a smooth appearance even after home laundering. Lenzing is working with mill partners to develop stretch fabrics that meet international standards and respond to growing consumer demand for sustainable and comfortable apparel.

Lenzing Develops Fossil-Free Solution for Stretch Fabrics
The process involves re-engineering woven fabric composed of Tencel fiber.

Vivobarefoot partners with Balena to form VivoBiome

Vivobarefoot, the minimalist footwear brand, has partnered with Balena, a material science company, to address the negative impacts of the footwear industry through the use of 3D printing and biopolymer materials. Their goal is to create sustainable and biodegradable footwear that reduces waste and reconnects wearers to nature. The partnership aims to enable on-demand production and personalization, extending the lifespan of products. The companies plan to test the footwear within the next 6 months and make it available to customers within 18 months.

Vivobarefoot goes additive to solve for footwear sustainability
Vivobarefoot and Balena go additive to solve for footwear sustainability. An interview with Asher Clark and Pete Davis about VivoBiome.

That's it for this week!

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