eocas + bio-based_chemicals   12

Excerpts from fashioncrossover:
"Specialised in sustainability and circular design, French sustainable Haute Couture designer Aurelie Fontan established her label in London after graduating from the Edinburgh College of Art. With a Fine Art background, Aurelie pushes technological innovation and scientific discoveries to the forefront of her design process, combining avant-garde aesthetics and sustainable manufacturing methods.

With most of her fabrics made by hand and from scratch, she advocates for a technocraftivism that references her Parisian roots - couture craftsmanship - and a real focus on forward-thinking techniques - laser cutting, bio-mimicry, etc. Her collection TENSEGRITY tackles the issue of single-use plastic items, through upcycled cable ties that replace traditional seaming methods. This allows each piece to be easily recyclable. She also grew a dress from bacterias that are 100% biodegradable and compostable."

Fashionmeetsorganic  Brand  Designer  indiedesign  Paris  France  up-cycling  London  UK  haute_couture  material  Innovation  Bio-based_Chemicals  circulareconomy  Sustainability 
april 2019 by eocas
Biodesign Challenge
"The Biodesign Challenge offers university students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student work. Our organizers connect classrooms with a team of biologists and experts to guide the students as they develop their ideas. At the end of the semester, the winning teams are invited to New York City to showcase their designs in front of members of the academic, industrial, and design communities at the Biodesign Summit in June of each year."

Sponsors are PETA, Stella Mc Cartney, among others.

Biodesign resources:
- Architecture
- Communications
- Energy
- Food
- Materials
- Medicine
- Transportation
- Water

The 2018 edition winner - Woocao, was created by a group of innovative design students from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, Woocoa is a vegan wool made from hemp and coconut fibers treated with enzymes extracted from the oyster mushroom.

Fashionmeetsorganic  Agrachina  award  Education  Columbia  fabric  USA  Technology  Bio-based_Chemicals  Innovation  design  Fibres 
july 2018 by eocas
Natural Factory
"Collects examples to inspire us to ‘let nature be our factory’ in contemporary, sustainable ways. It’s a diverse selection of interesting examples to get the creative thoughts going, rather than an exhaustive academic database.

Designers, makers, architects, engineers … anyone involved in creating the things we need; are there ways you can better harness the waste-free circular economy offered by natural processes and organisms to create radically more sustainable solutions? This might be looking for contemporary ways of using natural materials, or even better innovating ways to ‘grow’ entire products – really letting nature be our factory.

Entries include drones grown from mushroom mycelium, bacterially produced biodegradable plastics and boutique furniture grown in a carbon-negative ‘orchard’, as well as more familiar natural materials and traditional craft processes which could be re-purposed or developed.

We are also including entries from the rapidly developing field of biotech / bio-hacking, which some believe holds the potential to provide materials and processes sustainably by interfacing with or carefully modifying living organisms (the jury is out on the long-term sustainability in some cases, but better to engage and be aware).

This is a voluntary project started by designer/maker/biologist friends from from several countries interested in exploring this field together.
Supporting organisations:
- MakerBay Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Polytechnic University Materials Research Centre (MRC)
- Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab (SZOIL)"

Agrachina  Sustainability  NGO_NPO  China  HongKong  shenzhen  Research  Database  Innovation  Architecture  natural  waste  circulareconomy  Biodiversity  Bio-based_Chemicals 
january 2018 by eocas
Biofuel Breakthroughs Bring 'Negative Emissions' a Step Closer
Article about research by Andrew Hopkins for creating energy of algae by pyrolysis with biochar as byproduct for agricultural usage.

"All this brings us tantalisingly close to large-scale char production, for its own sake. The very same research that delivers commercially viable second generation biofuels could presumably be redirected to maximise the yield of char. Biofuel would then be a byproduct, rather than the primary goal.

Unfortunately, the market for char is not yet sufficiently developed to make this a commercial proposition. A significant price on carbon could change all this. If we are serious about achieving negative emissions, that may be the price we need to pay. And who knows, once the benefits of char as a soil additive becomes better established, the commercial value of char may be such that the a price on carbon will no longer be necessary.

Could char production on a massive scale have unwanted side effects? We know that fresh biochar in the soil can deactivate herbicides rapidly leading to poor weed control. These results suggest that biochar use will need to be carefully managed in agricultural situations that rely on herbicides applied to the soil. The net agricultural benefits appear, however, to be overwhelming."

algae  Agrachina  coal  pyrolysis  Energy_Production  Energy  Bio-based_Chemicals  Biochar  biofertilizermatrix.com  Biofuels  Biomass  Biopesticide  Research  Herbicide  GMO 
september 2017 by eocas
Using fungi to decrease need for chemical fertilizers
"Plants share their carbohydrates with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi that colonize their roots and, in exchange, these fungi provide their hosts with nitrogen and phosphorous. By exploiting this relationship, scientists may be able to increase the biomass production of bioenergy crops and the yield of food crops and to reduce the required fertilizer inputs. This could improve the environmental sustainability of agricultural production systems according to researchers."

Fertilizer  Soil  Soil_Amendments  Soil_Conditions  Plant_Protection  Organic_Fertilizer  Microbial_Fertilizer  Pesticide  Bio-based_Chemicals  Biopesticide  organic_farming  farming  Ecobalance  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Scaling Sustainable Plastics: Solutions to Drive Plastics towards a Circular Economy
Comment by Plasticity's founder Doug Woodring: "Net Benefit Analysis of scaling up sustainable plastic solutions. This looked at Dell and Algix (plastic from algae). If the industry scaled up their work (replicated it), the advantage to the environment and our communities would be a net gain of US$3.5bn per year!! These are metrics of positive externalities which most managers do not have, or think about, and therefore are making decisions usually based on short term cost factors only. This type of analysis can be used across any sector for any sustainability related decisions."

Bio-based_Chemicals  sustainability  pollution  environment  material  Research  Recycling  circulareconomy  import_agrachina  Manufacturing  Agrachina 
may 2016 by eocas
Plasticity Forum
Co-founders Doug and Fabien explain:
"Plasticity Conference and Workshop on April 28 2016 in Shanghai. Plasticity forum is a bit like a TED event and one-day MBA on plastic/innovation/sustainbility rolled into one. Or, the "Olympics' of plastic sustainability. We launched this event in Rio at the Earth Summit, and then have had it in HK, NY and Portugal. It is unique in the cross section of experts it brings together, all from different pieces of the "plastic puzzle" in order to talk."

"I am specialised in Reusable shopping bags made out of PP, RPET, Coton etc... We also still do PE bags but less and less (impact of European Laws in Europe and pretty much everywhere else)"


"tackle the issue of so called reusable material (in the plastic bag industry) used to make plastic (from corn/potatoes etc...) ... World population growing, reaching 9.5 Billion people by 2050 = and we already face scarce space for agriculture purpose to grow our crops. Global warming already affecting the yield of crop growing and expect to dramatically cut them in the next few decades. So basically, scarce space + lower crop yield + raising polulation! At the end, you don’t want to use extensive amount of land, water and GMO in order to grow corn/potatoes or else just to make bags, that just doesnot make any sens.
The solution is educating people to have a long term approach in the use of their bags and build strong reusable bags that can be washed over and over, reused over and over, making their initial production impact essentially 0 on the long run."

Recycling  renewable_energy  Innovation  platform  sustainability  China  Shanghai  Packaging  Bio-based_Chemicals  Bioplastic  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
april 2016 by eocas
International conference: how eco should detergents be?
Organic-market.info intro: "All participants in the Sustainable Cleaning Products Summit in Paris were in agreement that detergents and cleaners as well as toiletries should be made greener, more natural and more ecological. However, there was no agreement about how to achieve this goal and about a precise definition of what “green” home-care products really are. Find out more in our topic of the week." Aspects: - The requirements laid down for the EU will sooner or later also be implemented in the USA and China - While some insist on "sustainably" produced palm oil in compliance with the criteria of RSPO, others totally dismiss palm oil as a major contributor to the destruction of forests. - No manufacturer has come up with a real solution for the packaging cycle - Stop war against your own micro-flora by washing less frequently HAG
Organic_Products  Bio-based_Chemicals  GMO  Market_Report  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
december 2015 by eocas
Biopesticides Market by Active Ingredient (Microbials & Biorationals), by Types (Bioinsecticides, Biofungicides, Bionematicides & Bioherbicides), by Application, by Formulation, by Crop Type & by Geography – Global trends & forecasts to 2019
About: "Biopesticides include naturally-occurring substances that control pests (biochemical pesticides), microorganisms that control pests (microbial pesticides), and pesticidal substances produced by plants. [...] Biopesticides are key components of integrated pest management (IPM) programs. [...] The global biopesticides market is expected to reach $4,369.88 Million by 2019, at a CAGR of 16.0% from 2014 to 2019 [...] In this report, the global biopesticides market is broadly segmented into type, end use, crop type, active ingredient, formulation, mode of action, and geography. The global market has grown exponentially in the last few years and growth is expected to continue. Factors such as toxicity of crop protection products, environmental friendliness, innovative production practices, new product offerings, increased availability, and advent of new pests are increasing the market for biopesticides, globally." HAG
Bio-based_Chemicals  biofertilizermatrix.com  Biopesticide  Pesticide  Market_Report  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
november 2014 by eocas
What Are the Benefits of Insect Pheromones?
Pheromones can be used as natural insecticide for pest management. By misleading the sexual encounters of the insects the reproduction can be reduced and pests can be mislead to be trapped. It's a common treatment in organic farming and especially widely used in vineyards.

Pesticide  Bio-based_Chemicals  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
august 2011 by eocas
Biofertilizer germplasm collections at IRRI
Book of Watanabe (International Rice Research Institute) from 1992 with a lot of basics for the natural- / organic- / bio rice fertilizing.

Rice  Bio-based_Chemicals  Organic_Fertilizer  Fertilizer  filetype:pdf  media:document  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2011 by eocas
Cheap Plastic Made from Sugarcane
Dow Chemical is building a plant in Brazil to produce polyethylene based on sugarcane. A sustainable aspect is that they provide energy to run the plant with biomass left over from producing sugar from sugarcane. Is there such a project planned in China with a sugarcane-substitute?

By the way, the German version of Technology Review wrote that currently about 8% of chemicals are based on natural ingredients (instead of oil / petrochemical):

renewable_energy  Sugar  Bio-based_Chemicals  import_agrachina  Agrachina 
july 2011 by eocas

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