A new surgical glue is based on a proprietary polymer that demonstrates superior biocompatibility, tunable bioresorbability and adjustable tissue adherence.
The Gecko Biomedical (Paris, France) SETALUM Sealant is a hydrophobic light-activated adhesive (HLAA) designed for both wet and dynamic environments as an add-on to sutures during minimally invasive vascular surgery.
Unique chemical and physical properties include high viscosity, hydrophobicity, and on demand curing. The adhesive, which is based on a mixture of easily metabolized glycerol and sebacic acid, can be brushed on a biological surface and set in seconds with a short application of ultraviolet (UV) light.
Italian eyewear company Safilo has launched a collection of eco-friendly glasses for children.
The frames, which have been co-designed with paediatric ophthalmologists, are composed of two bio-based polymers, both derived from castor oil – a natural renewable source. The first bio-polymer gives the styles rigidity and strength, while the second ensures comfort and safety for the child.
ÛS, a collective of artists, designers, riders and makers with a shared love for the outdoors, launches their debut eyewear collection through Kickstarter. Starting with using the most eco-friendly materials available, ÛS is out to prove that a planet-first philosophy belongs at the core of every business.
ÛS frames are made exclusively with injected-molded RILSAN® CLEAR which utilizes 65% bio-based raw materials, reducing dependence on petroleum-based plastics and overall CO2 emissions. Castor seed oil is polymerized into a high performance resin that’s incredibly lightweight, flexible, yet tough, and BPA free.
Tierra, a Swedish outdoor apparel brand, committed to sustainability and lowering environmental impact, is introducing its new Deterra Jacket, a technical jacket that is fully free from fossil based material and uses exclusively bio-based elements.
The exterior fabric is made with Evo by Fulgar, a polyamide produced from castor oil, while the padding is in wool from German sheep and Tencel yarn derived from wood cellulose. Finally, the buttons are in corozo nut from the Tagua palm, and the hood fastens with a simple knot instead of the usual plastic stopper. The jacket is available in two versions, Deterra Hood Jacket and Deterra Shirt Jacket.
German biodegradable and biobased plastics producer Bio-Fed has added renewable resource-based polyamide compounds, the “MVera ECS” products, to its portfolio. The main focus of Bio-Fed is on compostable and biodegradable plastic compounds for film applications as well as injection moulding.
The new PA 6.10 fulfils the standard definition of a bioplastic since it is made up of approximately 60% renewable resources. Castor oil, derived from the seeds of the plant Ricinuns communis, forms the basis of sebacic acid, which is the product’s renewable raw material content.
Arkema has planned to invest 300 million euros for expansion of its bio sourced nylon 11 production in Asia. By establishing this plant, the company would increase the global production of bio sourced nylon 11 by 50%.
The new plant, which will produce both the amino 11 monomer and its polymer, is expected to come on stream in late 2021. The products to be produced would find applications in electronics, 3D printing and automotive industries.
Allbirds, a New Zealand based footwear company has launched woolen running shoes for both men and women. The shoes have an upper wool layer; a castor oil based polyurethane insole and rubber foam sole.
The wool comes from New Zealand and is turned into fabric in Italy, while the shoes are assembled in South Korea.
Arkema group celebrated 70th anniversary of its flagship product Rilsan nylon 11 series of high performance polymers. Rilsan PA 11 is sourced from castor oil and is a bio-based member of the nylon family.
Nylon 11 made its market debut under the brand name Rilsan in 1949 and was taken up by automaker Citroën in 1950s as new plastic for fuel lines. Arkema produces the material at its sites in Serquigny, France, Birdsboro, Pa., and Zhengjiagang, China.
In 2014, Mats Inc. partnered with Windmöller Flooring Products to deliver an entirely new class of product. That collection is wineo® PURline, an innovative collection of botanol flooring produced with 90% rapidly renewable and natural raw materials.
Wineo PURline is botanol, a plant-based material that’s both odorless and emission-free. Its ingredients—canola oil from rappa seed, castor oil from castor seed, and chalk—are molecularly transformed to create an eco-friendly polyurethane that serves as a durable nonporous floor covering.