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Data collection for life-cycle assessments in project ValueBioMat

Authors: Frans Silvenius, Marjatta Vahvaselkä and Hannu Ilvesniemi / Luke When performing a life-cycle assessment (LCA), data is collected from all relevant parts of different production systems related to the whole value chain covering the raw material, manufacturing, transport and waste management phases. This essential and time-consuming task can be done by using different data …

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Plastics and Current Legislative Developments – Some Insights

Authors: Rosa Maria Ballardini, Juha Vesala and Corinna Casi / University of Lapland The European Union is currently seeking to tackle the environmental issues that relate to plastics. The measures targeting or affecting plastics include particularly the Single-Use Plastics Directive (2019/904) that is due to implemented in EU Member States by 3 July 2021. EU …

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Additive manufacturing technologies –productivity and process innovation on a sustainable basis?

Authors: Niklas Kretzschmar, Sergei Chekurov and Jouni Partanen / Aalto University Even though additive manufacturing (AM), also known as industrial 3D printing, is already there for some decades facilitating the manufacture of new design variations and legacy parts, it is still considered as a set of new production technologies. For numerous technical reasons, AM hasn’t …

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Building a business case for renewable plastics innovation among material producers

Authors: Satu Salminen, Jaakko Siltaloppi / Aalto University The transition from fossil-based to bio- and circular economy is emerging as one of the major necessary societal transitions of the coming decades. While bio-based and recycled plastics are increasingly perceived as opening future business opportunities, as we have identified in the ValueBioMat project, in practice only …

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Three avenues for developing plastic reuse and recycling

Author: Lars Vilen, Jaakko Siltaloppi / Aalto University The current linear economy model of plastics production and consumption entails a number of issues, including the leakage of plastics waste into the environment. Certainly the most salient issue from a political perspective, the environmental problems with plastics have induced a variety of political actions especially in …

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Three pillars of sustainability

Authors: Hannu Ilvesniemi and Frans Silvenius / Luke The carbon-cycle of bio-based plastics occurs mainly in natural carbon balance: the raw materials are mainly plant-based products, and the carbon content of them has been taken from atmosphere, and when they decompose, the carbon taken from atmosphere returns back. The carbon balance is different when the …

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Manufacturing Novel Biomaterial Products by 3D Printing

Author: Jouni Partanen/ Aalto University For the last 2 months and more, the news all over the world have been concentrated on the pandemic spreading of the COVID-19 virus and its catastrophic medical consequences.  Hospitals, even in many of the most developed countries, have been ill-equipped for the large number of patients needing intensive care …

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Towards tackling the challenges of bioplastics transition

Author: Jaakko Siltaloppi/ Aalto University The purpose of the ValueBioMat project is to advance the decoupling of the plastics industry from fossil hydrocarbons. This calls for new bio-based feedstocks, technology for polymer synthesis and manufacturing, new models for recycling, as well as new business models that structure the industry’s value creating activities to leverage bio- …

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Science Advising in key role when understanding the plastics problem

Author: Jukka Seppälä / Aalto University Plastics are a hot subject, with frequent news regarding plastic waste in the oceans and microplastics in our food. In some news, plastics are even linked to global warming. This has led to plastic-free campaigns and strong marketing of alternative solutions to plastic packaging. This raised awareness is great! …

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