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Recycled Forestry Waste Could Make Cosmetics, Plastics and Biofuel
28 August, 2018
Recycled Forestry Waste Could Make Cosmetics, Plastics and Biofuel
An EU project is using forestry waste to make 2,3-butanediol, a chemical with a wide range of industrial applications, from perfumes to synthetic rubber and food additives. Rehap, an EU project, has found a way to produce 2,3-butanediol. read more
Timber Treatment and the Law
22 August, 2018
SAWPA
In South Africa there are two regulations applicable to preservative treated timber. read more
Buy only certified treated timber poles, that carry the correct markings
21 August, 2018
SAWPA
SAWPA has developed  a leaflet to educate and inform the general public, especially those in rural areas who are misled into buying illegally treated timber. read more
Printed wood to be “global turning point” for sustainable manufacturing
20 August, 2018
Printed wood to be “global turning point” for sustainable manufacturing
The Singaporean method involved the introduction of small amounts of chitin between the fibres of cellulose. Chitin is kind of starch that forms the main component of insect exoskeletons and the cell walls of fungus.The team found that chitin creates a strong... read more
Sticky situation: New process turns wood scraps into tape
20 August, 2018
Sticky situation: New process turns wood scraps into tape
Whether you're wrapping a gift or bandaging a wound, you rely on an adhesive to get the job done.These sticky substances often are made from petroleum-derived materials, but what if there was a more sustainable way to make them? read more
Starch can replace normal plastic in food packaging
20 August, 2018
Starch can replace normal plastic in food packaging
Eventually all petroleum-based material in food packaging will have to be replaced with bio-based material. Research done at Karlstad University shows that a mixture of starch and other polymers forms an equally effective protective barrier. read more
Mondi Half Year Results Announcement
13 August, 2018
Mondi
Half-yearly results for the six months ended 30 June 2018 Highlights read more
South African industry has new Infrastructure opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa if they take long-term view
10 August, 2018
Infrastructure Africa
In the face of growing international competition in Sub-Saharan Africa, South African-based companies need to take a long-term strategic view of the region and how best to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the industrial and energy evolution that is taking place. read more
New tool for forecasting availability of agricultural biomass
10 August, 2018
New tool for forecasting availability of agricultural biomass
Biomass is quickly becoming a sought-after resource as an alternative to fossil fuels, chemicals and energy in the bioeconomy. Having recognised the potential agricultural and forestry waste for commercial use the Rehap project has recently developed a unique tool. read more
Stora Enso and Orthex combine wood fibre and bioplastic into durable consumer products
10 August, 2018
 Stora Enso and Orthex combine wood fibre and bioplastic into durable consumer products
Stora Enso and Orthex together bring to the market a new range of kitchen utensils made from a new biocomposite which combines the best qualities of wood and plastic. The bio-based material used to replace fossil-based plastic is made from spruce and sugarcane. read more

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