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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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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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