Composites
April 16, 2019 - The federal government has awarded $4 million in financial assistance to the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi's Centre d'entrepreneuriat et d'essaimage (CEE-UQAC) to develop a one-of-a-kind bioproducts processing and conversion centre (CTVB) in Saguenay, Que.
April 15, 2019 - New funding is allowing Pond Technologies Holdings to move forward with Phase 1 of its project in southern Ontario that is expected to produce 3,500 tonnes of algae and sequester around 6,300 tonnes of CO2 a year.
April 9, 2019 - The last nail driven into wood-fibre panel insulation in a home in British Columbia could mark for the Canadian homebuilding industry a new standard in building construction while ushering in a new era of green, sustainable, and high-performance building insulation for residential and commercial structures.
March 12, 2019 - The world's plastics production totalled around 335 million tons in 2016, according to EarthDay.org, and continues to rise. The main reason for the increase in plastic production is plastic packaging. Providing a solution to these very significant and catastrophic environmental issues, serial-entrepreneur Jaymie Friesen and his compostable food-grade body care business are pioneering a completely new product category: compostable paper bottles. The EcoBottle is the very first paper bottle that is 100 per cent compostable and can hold liquids and consumables for more than six months.
March 1, 2019 - Global specialty materials provider Eastman, the maker of sustainably-sourced Naia cellulosic yarn, announces a new partnership with Milan-based C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle And Sustainable Synergy) in the wake of Première Vision Paris (PV), the international apparel textile exposition, where Naia showcased over 100 new on-trend fabrics from over 20 partner mills.
Feb. 21, 2019 - Restalk Inc., a company focused on diversifying technologies and applications for cannabis bio-waste, has entered into a letter of intent with Circular Systems, a social purpose company focused on transforming food crop waste into high value fibre for textiles, paper, and many other industrial applications.
Jan. 15, 2019 - World Centric today announced the availability of new 100 per cent compostable, marine-degradable Kraft Paper Straws designed to reduce the impact of plastic straws on the planet. The new straws are made from sustainable materials, are non-toxic, and will help reduce the buildup of unrecyclable plastic in the environment and our oceans. 
Jan. 4, 2019 - Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have created a recipe for a renewable 3D printing feedstock that could spur a profitable new use for an intractable biorefinery byproduct: lignin.
Jan. 2, 2019 - In the pursuit of mitigating climate change, one B.C. company has developed a method to make bioplastics from wood. But rather than another bio-alternative for plastic straws and containers, Advanced BioCarbon 3D Ltd (ABC3D) is creating a wood-based engineered grade high performance plastic.
Nov. 23, 2018 - The federal government is giving Competitive Green Technologies a leg up to research and develop a biomass-based nylon for automobile manufacturing and other industries.
Nov. 21, 2018 - In plotting a course for the future, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers followed a road map from 1916. Their guide – a journal article penned by two chemistry professors from Johns Hopkins University – illuminated a path toward a groundbreaking new method to make the compound acrylonitrile from renewable sources.
Nov. 14, 2018 - In collaboration with fellow researchers, chemists at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process that, according to initial calculations, can facilitate economically removing the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The latest World Climate Report (IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 C) acknowledges the global relevance of the process.
Sept. 11, 2018 - The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100 per cent sustainable and renewable resources. Yesterday it announced that PepsiCo, Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint.
May 31, 2018 - In labs across the world cellulose nanocrystals are being tested as an additive to all types of things — inks, bioplastics and construction products, to name a few.
May 25, 2018 - Stora Enso is launching its wood-based biocomposites, DuraSense by Stora Enso. 
May 18, 2018 - Two University of Guelph research collaborations for turning waste into new products and technologies will receive more than $6 million from the Ontario government. Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, made the announcement on campus May 4.
March 5, 2018 - Purdue University researchers studying whether concrete is made stronger by infusing it with microscopic-sized nanocrystals from wood are moving from the laboratory to the real world with a bridge that will be built in California this spring.
Jan. 22, 2018 - Fibre reinforced polymers (FRPs) are predominantly made of synthetic fibres, such as glass or carbon, and a petrochemically sourced thermosetting resin or thermoplastic matrix. However, natural fibres and resins are on the rise because of their beneficial properties, competitive cost, legislative drivers, and consumer preferences. IDTechEx forecasts the revenue for bast fibres used in composite parts to exceed $140 million by 2027, which would have been greater still if the supply could be grown fast enough to match the burgeoning demand.
Jan. 12, 2018 - At UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, mould is proving increasingly important in the domain of engineering materials and can lead to early deterioration and structural failure. This is especially the case as manufacturers adopt more bio-derived materials in the drive towards a greener future, explains researcher Bryn Crawford.
Nov. 22, 2017 - Growth is expected in the biomaterials market, with brand investment driven by consumer demand and public image, according to the results of the #WhatBrandsWant survey by communications and PR agency Sustainability Consult. The findings, released in a new report investigating the brand-biomaterials relationship, reveal a growing commitment towards renewable materials and alternatives to fossil-based products.
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