Top picks for products, processes, and their makers, that are leading the way in the movement of materials innovation.
What are some of the trends in storing, communicating, and using big data when it comes to materials, and what impact could this have on the circular economy?
One of the world’s leading bioeconomy companies, Novamont, has opened the world’s first production plant for biological butanediol (BDO) on an industrial scale derived directly from sugars using bacteria. It might sound like technical details, but Novamont’s latest innovation could enable the production of materials like bioplastics from 100% renewable
Um relatório recém publicado pelo Painel de Recursos Internacionais do Programa das Nações Unidas para o Meio Ambiente mostra um quadro extremamente preocupante: a fome de recursos por parte da economia global não cessa de aumentar. A ambição de fazer mais com menos sequer iniciou sua concretização. O mundo está
The Swedish government is set to take policy steps to enable a different kind of behaviour in the way in which products are used and the life-cycles of goods. Tax breaks on repairs to bicycles, washing machines and just about any broken item are being brought to the parliament by the
All plastic cups, cutlery and plates will need to be designed to be compostable in France, according to a new law which comes into effect in 2020. The recently passed legislation has already ignited some debate in terms of what it means within the EU context. At the very least
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Bio-based alternatives to a number of fossil-based materials, in particular bioplastics, have been written and spoken about for a number of years, but have generally failed to reach scale. Traditional chemical methods for producing products still dominate industry, but there are signs that the potential benefits of biomaterials for a
There is more gold per tonne in the average mobile phone than in the ores that the raw metal is extracted from. A well-known statistic, and one that is frequently quoted, but ultimately not particularly meaningful in the context where separating materials in mobile phones is expensive and where the
The U.S. government’s military research body, “Defense Advanced Research Project Agency” (DARPA) is putting money into an idea that could radically transform the future of buildings and the work of engineers and architects. DARPA is responsible for researching and developing new technologies and have launched a new programme, which will