Focus material: settembre 2019

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MC 9270-01

A sustainable, compostable foam alternative to petroleum-based foams made from chitin. Chitin is a biopolymer found in the exoskeletons of shellfish such as crabs, lobster, and shrimp. The chitin that the company uses comes from seafood shell waste, which is a cheap by-product produced in fisheries and manufacturing plants in southeast Asia. Using a patented water-based process, chitin is turned into an industrial foam. The resulting foam matches the mechanical properties of current polystyrene (PS) and polyurethane (PU) structural foam. It can be white if 100% chitin is used or tan if mixed with paper. After years of research and testing, the company is refining a process to “blow” blanks for surfboards. The company is also exclusively oriented towards the production of B2B packaging, such as a sustainable replacement for Styrofoam. Other applications include automotive and construction.

 

MC 8128-08

Natural fabrics produced with the lowest possible water consumption (by up to 90%) using no hazardous chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers. These are the first extremely water-efficient heavier Lyocell and Modal knit fabrics on the market which achieve significant water savings during the cultivation of raw materials and the dyeing process as well as by recycling a high percentage of water through carbon/neutral closed-loop water system. Any colors can be applied during the dying process. Fabrics can have a brushed or unbrushed finish along with several other finishes for knits. Applications are for apparel and home textiles.

 

MC 9156-01

Biosynthetic recyclable adhesives for the fashion industry that are derived from natural proteins similar to silk and wool and can be manipulated to have end-use specific characteristics. The material is composed of proteins similar to silk but inspired by those found in squid ring teeth, offering self-healing properties, and is produced using an industrial biofermentation process. Due to its ability to self-heal, it can be used reversibly to easily attach or detach various fabrics, resulting in products with longer life-cycles while minimizing their environmental impact. The material is also tunable and customizable (either by modifying the application mixture or editing the gene) to achieve specific performance attributes such as elasticity or temperature for the self-healing property. It offers comparable properties with petroleum-derived counterparts for textiles and yet is fully biodegradable. Intended applications are as recyclable adhesives for the textile and medical industries.