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News daily upated news at Towards 100% plantbased PET LCA reveals CMF process is carbon negative Origin Materials (West Sacramento, California, USA) recently released a Life Cycle Assessment, analyzing the environmental impact of sustainable coproducts 5-chloromethylfurfural, furfural, levulinic acid, and hydrothermal carbon. The versatile chemical building block 5-chloromethylfurfural (CMF, CAS 1623 88 7), and coproducts produced by Origin Materials’ proprietary biomass-to-chemicals platform including furfural, levulinic acid, and hydrothermal carbon (HTC), are all expected to be highly carbon negative when produced at commercial scale, according to the newly released Life Cycle Assessment authored by Deloitte. The Life Cycle Assessment studies Origin Materials’ products across four environmental criteria: climate change, ecosystem quality, resource consumption, and human health. The study demonstrates significant climate change benefit at commercial production scale, showing expected climate change impact when using sustainably grown North American softwood as follows: -1.2 kg CO 2 eq/kg CMF; -1.7 kg CO 2 eq/kg HTC; -1.5 kg CO 2 eq/kg furfural; -1.4 kg CO 2 eq/kg levulinic acid. 5-chloromethylfurfural is a highly flexible raw material for many applications including polyethylene terephthalate (PET) through precursors para-xylene (pX) and purified terephthalic acid (PTA), as well as numerous commodity and specialty chemicals including furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), monomers, surfactants, plasticizers and many more. Origin’s proprietary biomass-to-chemicals technology directly converts lignocellulosic plant-based carbon into chemical building blocks in a highly economical process, without the need for an independent saccharification step. “We’re giving the chemical industry the tools it needs to lower the greenhouse gas emissions of countless products by embracing sustainable, carbon negative chemistries that are decoupled from petrochemical economics,” says Dr. Robin Gibson, Origin’s Director of Business Development. “Compared with petroleum, Origin’s furan chemistry platform offers lower costs, dramatically reduced climate change impact, and the ability to utilize vast and global resources like timber residues and waste biomass. This innovation means that Origin can offer sustainable and economical solutions to at least a third of the global chemical industry.” Cathay Biotech huge investment Yicai Global ( recently reported that the Chinese biological manufacturer Cathay Biotech is penning an agreement with the Shanxi Transition and Comprehensive Reform Demonstration Zone’s Management Committee to jointly build a Shanxi Synthetic Biological Industry Ecological Park for CNY8 billion (USD1.2 billion), and the company plans to invest CNY4.01 billion of this amount, referring to a company statement. As the main investor in the industrial park, Cathay Biotech will hold at least 50.125 % stake in each project company, the statement said. The park will house a corn deep processing project with an annual output of 2.4 million tonnes, a biobased pentane diamine project with an annual 500,000-tonne capacity, a biobased polyamide project able to turn out 900,000 tonnes per year and a biobased long-chain dibasic acid project with an annual 80,000-tonne production. MT (full online report) LEGO to invest The LEGO Group (Billund Denmark) recently announced plans to invest up to US0 million over three years to accelerate sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. The investment will cover both long-term investments and ongoing costs. The company, which has made a series of moves over the past 10 years to build a better planet for future generations, believes it’s increasingly urgent and important to prioritise environmental and social activity. This includes a continued research into new, more sustainable plastics from renewable and recycled sources, and join forces with research institutes and other companies especially those developing new recycling and biobased material production technologies to find materials which are as durable and high quality as those used today. The planned investments include both costs associated with the development of new sustainable materials and the investments in manufacturing equipment. MT | Origin Materials is a chemical technology company enabling the world’s transition to sustainable materials. Origin is headquartered in California with a facility under construction in Ontario, Canada. Origin’s technology produces buildingblock furanic intermediates from biomass. MT 6 bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/20] Vol. 15

C O P Y RIG H T © 2 0 20 B Y T HE I NTERN A T ION A L BIOD E G R A D ABLE P ROD U C TS I N S T I T U T E daily upated news at News OWS to open a laboratory in Ohio OWS Inc. (Cincinatti, Ohio, USA) will open a laboratory in Dayton, Ohio in spring 2021 to meet rapidly growing demand for biodegradation and compostability testing services. The new site will augment the laboratory located at the headquarters of OWS’s parent company, Organic Waste Systems NV, in Gent, Belgium, which is currently undergoing a 30 % capacity expansion to be completed by the end of 2020, bringing total capacity to more than 3,000 test reactors. “We are seeing unprecedented growth in the development of biodegradable polymers and compostable products,” said Richard Tillinger, general manager of OWS’s North American business unit. “Both large and small companies are developing new materials and finished products to replace conventional plastics, particularly single-use plastics in food serviceware and food packaging. Other companies are researching new products to comply with recent legislation regarding products that can contribute to the issue of microplastics in the environment.” OWS is a strictly independent testing laboratory with more than 30 years of experience in the field of biodegradability and compostability testing, tallying 12,500+ materials for 1500+ clients all over the world - including the most renowned producers of biodegradable and compostable resins, intermediates and finished products. OWS is member of relevant industry associations, including European Bioplastics (Europe), US Composting Council - USCC (US) and BPP (Belgium). OWS is the only laboratory worldwide which is recognized by all certification bodies active in the field of biodegradability and compostability: TÜV AUSTRIA (Belgium), DIN CERTCO (Germany), BPI (US), JBPA (Japan) and ABA (Australia), and an active member of several normalization organizations such as ISO (international), CEN (European), ASTM (US) and DIN (German). This involvement allows OWS to co-develop new test methods and specifications, fostering a standardized approach across certification bodies so that clients do not have to run different tests to obtain certification in different parts of the world. OWS is also an officially recognized expert by the European Commission in the field of environmental fate, and participates in many multi-national funded research and consulting projects. According to Tillinger, the Dayton lab will initially focus on biodegradability testing in home and industrial composting conditions. “We then plan to expand each year by adding additional test reactors for other environments such as soil, fresh water and seawater, and different types of tests including disintegration and plant toxicity. The surge in demand is coming from multiple industry sectors, each of whom are making commitments to circularity, sustainability and reducing accumulation of plastics in the environment, especially the oceans.” MT Reactors in incubator at OWS, Gent, Belgium BPI labeling guidelines In September of 2020, the BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) Board of Directors approved “Guidelines for the Labeling of Compostable Products and Packaging”, the result of a collaborative project between BPI staff, a task force of BPI Board companies, and a wide range of other stakeholders both inside and outside the BPI Membership. The stated objective of the document is: “To establish consistent, categoryspecific identification guidelines that make it easy for consumers, composters and others to identify compostable products and packaging, with the goals of reducing contamination, facilitating food scrap composting programs and decreasing landfill methane production.” Compostable products and packaging exist to help facilitate the diversion of food scraps from landfills. Unfortunately, the threat of contamination from “look alike” non-compostable packaging has led some composters to discontinue accepting even certified compostable items. In order for compostable products and packaging to perform their intended function, they should be readily and easily identifiable by end-users, consumers, Guidelines For The Labeling And Identification Of Compostable Products And Packaging composters and others so they can be differentiated from their non-compostable counterparts. The guidelines put forth in this document reflect the belief that a consistent identification strategy employed by product manufacturers and brand owners is a key driver in achieving differentiation and will assist in the acceptance of food scraps and compostable products and packaging on a larger scale. Info: The recommendations in this document represent a starting point for an ongoing conversation on how to use labeling and identification techniques to address the challenge of contamination in organics streams. MT 1: The guidelines can be downloaded form bioplastics MAGAZINE [06/20] Vol. 15 7

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