Undecanoic acid and sebacic acid derived from castor oil areamong the most dominant raw materials used in the production of bio based polyamide. Owing to the eco logical benefits, bio based polyamides are gaining acceptance and are anticipated to be the fastest growing product segment during the forecast period.
Asia Pacific dominates the global demand for bio-polyamide, specialty polyamide andprecursors and the trend is expected to continue during the forecast period.
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.
Noville Opticians, an England based independent optician has launched spectacle frames that are made of eco-friendly plastic.
The frames are made of plastic which has 65% castor oil content. The material called natural PX is light and flexible.
It is known that castor oil is being widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, soaps, lubricants and more.