Issue #1: Olive pits, hemp insulation, eco-adhesives, and more.

Innovative uses of olive pits in interior design applications, the integration of bamboo into sportswear, new compostable coffee capsules, hemp-based insulation, plant-based nylon, and more.
Issue #1: Olive pits, hemp insulation, eco-adhesives, and more.

Welcome to the first edition of our new weekly update on bio-based materials. Each week, we highlight 10 stories that illustrate how biomaterials are finding their way into new products, applications and processes across different industries.

In this issue, we've uncovered innovative uses of olive pits in interior design applications, the integration of bamboo into sportswear, new compostable coffee capsules, hemp-based insulation, and more.

While the articles focus on improved sustainability characteristics, they also emphasize crucial technical and performance gains from innovating with new feedstocks and material collaborations.

Using Olive Pits for Sustainable Design and Construction Materials

Learn how designers from Mylands, Naifactory, and Koukos de lab are using olive pits, a waste byproduct of olive oil production with excellent binding, texturizing, and strengthening properties, to create sustainable materials for furniture and decor in homes.

From Furniture to Paint — Why “Olive Pits” Might Just be the Next Big Sustainable Design Trend for Your Home
Designers are finding new, and diverse, uses for this emerging bio-material to manufacture products for our homes

BAM Bamboo Clothing's Sustainable Sportswear Leap with FLEXA

BAM Bamboo Clothing has launched the FLEXA line, a limited collection of high-performance sports garments that combine bamboo-based fibers with Fulgar's Amni Soul Eco, a biobased polyamide 6.6 formula that biodegrades ten times faster than conventional products when disposed of correctly in a special anaerobic disposal facility.

Back to the gym collection emphasises sustainability
Back to the gym collection emphasises sustainability

TIPA and ATI's Compostable Coffee Capsule Lid Innovation

TIPA and ATI have collaborated to create a fully compostable high-barrier coffee capsule lid. Crafted from TIPA's high-barrier biobased laminate film, the lid provides consistent flow and improved taste along with a bio-carbon content of at least 80% certified by OK Biobased.

TIPA and ATI craft compostable, bio-based coffee capsules lids
Global packaging developer and manufacturer TIPA & ATI has launched a first-of-its-kind fully compostable high-barrier coffee capsule lid

DS Smith's Shifts to a Biobased Adhesive

DS Smith, a corrugated board packaging manufacturer, has taken a significant step in sustainability by transitioning to Kiilto's biobased adhesive, Kiilto Pro Pack Eco. Adhesives in the Kiilto Pro Pack Eco range contain from 70 - 100% bio-based content (based on biomass balance method) originating from side-streams of forest industry.

DS Smith transitions to Kiilto’s biobased adhesive
Corrugated board packaging manufacturer DS Smith has enhanced its sustainability with the adoption of a biobased adhesive from Kiilto.

Kingspan Insulation's Hemp-Based HemKor Range

Kingspan has launched three new hemp-based insulation products, Jute Blend, Pure, and Padding, which have high levels of carbon sequestration and a minimum of 80% bio-based material. While not a direct replacement for all non-bio insulation materials, these products align with Kingspan's sustainability goals and offer a more environmentally friendly option for construction projects.

Hemp-based insulation moves mainstream
HemKor range is ‘largely made from hemp’ to cut embodied carbon, although products are not a direct replacement for all non-bio insulation materials

Assessing the GHG Impact of Bio-Based Products

A recent study examined the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of bio-based products compared to their fossil alternatives in the chemical and plastic industry. The research finds that while bio-based products can contribute to reducing GHG emissions by an average of 45%, there is significant variability in their environmental impact. To achieve net-zero emissions in the industry, a combination of mitigation options such as biomass utilization, increased recycling, low carbon electrification, and reduced product demand will be necessary.

The potential of emerging bio-based products to reduce environmental impacts - Nature Communications
Zuiderveen and colleagues find that emerging bio-based products have on average 45% lower greenhouse gas life cycle emissions compared to their fossil counterparts, yet, there is a large variation between individual bio-based products with none of them reaching netzero emissions.

Biobased Nursing Bottles?

LyondellBasell and Pigeon Singapore have collaborated to integrate biobased CirculenRenew polypropylene polymers into the manufacturing of Pigeon nursing bottles, promoting sustainability and eco-friendly alternatives in baby care products.

LyondellBasell and Pigeon Employ Biobased Plastic in Producing Nursing Bottles
In the United Kingdom, Package Gateway recently highlighted a collaborative initiative between LyondellBasell and Pigeon Singapore, signaling a concerted effort to propel sustainable research.

Ag Bio Act Could Boost Midwest Bioproduct Production

A federal bill proposed by Midwestern representatives aims to increase funding for innovation in the biofuels and bioproducts industry, supporting the development of bioengineered products and crop-based alternatives to petroleum-based products.

The Midwest could produce more biofuels and bio-based products. A federal bill aims to help - IPM Newsroom
Legislation in Congress would expand a federal grant and loan program that helps producers of biofuels and other biomanufactured products build and expand their facilities. A Congressional bill proposed by Midwestern representatives from both parties is aimed at spurring innovation in biofuel technology and increasing its production. The Agriculture Biorefinery Innovation and Opportunity Act, or […]

Yoshida and Toray Collaborate on Biobased Tanker Bags

Tokyo-based Toray Industries and Yoshida are collaborating to create Tanker bags made from Ecodear N510, a 100% plant-based nylon fiber, with the outer fabric incorporating sebacic acid from castor oil and pentamethylenediamine from corn.

Yoshida goes 100% bio-based for its Tanker bags
Yoshida goes 100% bio-based for its Tanker bags

Biobased Polyamides: Bridging Sustainabiltiy and Performance

Speaking of plant-based nylon fiber, we recently published a guide to Biobased Polyamides, including a list of 10 sustainable alternatives to traditional fossil-based nylon materials offering excellent mechanical, thermal, and water absorption properties.

Biobased Polyamides: Bridging Sustainability and Performance
A look at 10 biobased polyamide options as high-performance, sustainable alternatives to traditional nylon materials.
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