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Natural fiber – the bio-option to single use plastics

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Mycelium – fibers of the future?

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World supply – highlights in upstream business

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Natural fiber, the bio-option to single use plastics.

Plastic packaging materials have been essential to all product areas for decades. These materials offer a broad range flexibility, excellent barrier properties and durability. However, legislative focus on single-use plastics and microplastics has begun to change the market’s perception of these longstanding materials. As a result, there are two main requirements the market is demanding: …

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The industry gold standard for mycelium leather production is Ganoderma Lucidum, also known as “Lingzhi” in Chinese or “Reishi” in Japanese. It is a polyporus mushroom than can be found throughout Europe, North America and Asia and is usually grown on decaying hardwood trees. Photo: Stockphoto/9770880_224

A critical review on the mycelium production methods. Natural fibers have always played an important role for humans, having been used since ancient times for the creation of clothing, footwear and everyday objects. Historically, these fibers come in a variety of ways and from a variety of sources, most of which from plants or animals. …

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The Fiber Year 2022 – Advance notice and key findings

World supply was pushed by manmade fibers but century’s average annual growth rate was missed in the third consecutive year and adverse conditions prevailing make a return to the long-term growth path rather highly disputable. Global supply rose less than 4% to 127 million tonnes, equal to an average 15 kg per capita consumption. The …

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Over the past half century, nonwovens production in Greater Europe has climbed fifty-fold. Photo courtesy of A.Wilson

A hail of silver bullets required – getting plastics to net zero What if all plastics, including synthetic fibers and nonwovens, could become net zero in greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 2050? This tantalizing possibility is raised in a new report, Reshaping Plastics by Munich-based Systemiq. The report was, in turn, cited as an example …

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The first US flag being planted on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. Photo courtesy of NASA

There can be no more potent a symbol of the golden age of synthetic fibers than the planting of the U.S. flag on the moon by Buzz Aldrin on July 21st, 1969. The flag was famously purchased by a NASA secretary from Sears for $5.50, and despite nylon’s unbeatable durability, cannot possibly have endured what …

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