Press Release: AVA-CO2 Launches A Research Project To Replace Carcinogenic Formaldehyde With Bio-based 5-HMF

AVA CO2The formaldehyde-based resin manufacturing industry is facing a growing challenge.  The use of formaldehyde, a carcinogen which has adverse effects on human health, is increasingly coming under public and political criticism.  In June 2014 the 6th adaptation to technical and scientific progress of the CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) directive was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.  This classified formaldehyde as carcinogenic and mutagenic and has far-reaching and, in part, immediate consequences for a variety of business sectors but especially in the furniture industry.  Now, in conjunction with the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology at the Bern University of Applied Sciences, AVA-CO2 is launching a research project sponsored by the Swiss Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI) to replace formaldehyde with a none harmful alternative in the form of bio-based platform chemical 5-HMF (5-Hydroxymethylfurfural).

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Sustainability Consult Partners With 9th International Conference On Bio-based Materials

9th International Confernece Bio based Materials and Bio Based Start Up Day logosAs the leading bioeconomy communications and PR agency, Sustainability Consult will partner with and attend the 9th International Conference on Bio-based Materials and the Bio-based Start-up Day on 5-7 April in Cologne, Germany.

Our CEO Kathryn Sheridan will moderate the conference’s first session, ‘Policy and Markets’. Speakers include WWF and the Biotechnology Industry Organization. We will also exhibit for the second consecutive year, so come and find us at booth 18!

Sustainability Consult is a media partner for both these events. Get a 10% discount on your registration fee by using our special member Allowance Code: SusC16.

Press Release: Stora Enso Wins Bio-Based Brand of the Year Award At WBM 2016

kirsi wbmAt the 11th edition of the World Bio Markets (WBM) conference in Amsterdam, Stora Enso was awarded Bio-Based Brand of the Year for its ongoing biomaterials transformation.  Arno van de Ven, Senior Vice President, Innovation in Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division, also gave a keynote speech on the company’s recent work developing innovative products and services based on wood and other second-generation biomass.

Traditionally a pulp and paper company, Stora Enso has increasingly focused on producing second-generation biochemicals and biomaterials through its sustainable extraction processes in order to provide novel products for new markets.

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Press Release: Reverdia Wins Bio Business Award for Leading Bio-Based Packaging Partnership

Collecting Award 2016 As a lead partner in the innovative ADMIT Bio-SuccInnovate consortium, Reverdia has been awarded ‘Bio-Based Chemical Partnership of the Year’. The manufacturer of bio-succinic acid received the Bio Business Award at World Bio Markets 2016 in Amsterdam.


Reverdia contributes its best-in-class Biosuccinium™ technology to help develop bio-based and biodegradable plastic packaging through the Climate-KIC initiative, exploring the use of locally-available lignocellulosic feedstock. The project is endorsed and supported by UK retailer Waitrose and food tray producer Sharpak.

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Press Release: Ad Smolders Joins Reverdia As Operations Director

Ad Smolders Reverdia has announced that Ad Smolders will join the company as Operations Director, effective immediately. Smolders previously worked at DSM for seventeen years in various international technology and manufacturing assignments. More recently, he has overseen an extensive number of operations projects, including the optimisation of yeast plants, as a consultant and interim manager.


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