Zeal Optic’s Sunglass Frame from Castor Derivatives

US based Zeal Optics, developed its sun glass frames, using a bio-based plastic made from castor bean oil. Zeal Optics uses castor oil to produce Z-ResinTM, which makes up the foundation of their entire line of frames (as opposed to using crude oil, which is what sunglass frames are traditionally made from).

Zeal Optics Castor Plant

The company’s bio based lens,is said to be the first lens of its kind that provides an ecological alternative to crude oil based lenses. Currently ZEAL produces all their sunglass frames with Z‐resin, thus eliminating harmful crude oil from the manufacturing process.

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Texas Researchers Working On Ricin Reduced Castor Seeds

In 1959, Texas state of US was the country’s leading producer of castor with most of the production centered. However, in the 1970s, castor disappeared from Texas fields with the arrival of low prices and more lucrative crop alternatives. All of the castor used in the United States today is imported from India and a few other countries, but there is a move afoot to possibly revitalize the old crop for a rapidly changing world and agriculture’s role in it.

Dr. Calvin Trostle with Texas AgriLife Extension in Lubbock is part of a team working with castor within the confined and controlled quarters of test plots. He believes that with proper precautions, castor could again be a valuable crop for Texas farmers in part of the state but not all of it. The focus in the current Texas AgriLife program is the southwest quarter of Texas, probably south of I-20 and west of San Angelo.

Texas Tech University researchers have also bred a variety of castor called Brigham, which has reduced the ricin levels of traditional castor lines by 78 to 85 percent. They believe that with the proper funding and a few years of work they can get the levels down to the mid or low single digits by “turning off” the gene that produces the ricin protein.

“It is Texas AgriLife and Texas Tech’s goal that if castor is reintroduced in Texas that the production be highly self-regulated, which would include only distributing, growing, and buying of reduced-ricin castor, and that contractors would work with only this line or others that succeed it,” Trostle said. Currently, Texas AgriLife is developing in-house guidelines on how to handle castor at its research stations and agreements that would be made if the seed were to be transferred to a third party.

Source: http://www.countryworldnews.com/news/headlines/1175–castor-gets-another-look-as-texas-crop.html

Jayant Agro Joins With Mitsui for Castor Oil Based Polyols Manufacturing

Jayant Agro Organics Ltd, an Indian oleochemical company, have entered into a joint venture agreement with two Japanese firms – Mitsui Chemicals Inc and Itoh Oil Chemicals Co Ltd – for manufacturing castor oil based polyols. The firms are investing in the equity shares of Vithal Castor Polyols Pvt Ltd in the ratio 50:40:10 respectively.

This is a second deal announced by Jayant Agro Organics this year. In April 2013, Jayant Agro entered into an agreement with Arkema, a French chemical company, to form a strategic joint venture through its subsidiary Ihsedu Agrochem Pvt Ltd (Ihsedu). According to the JV agreement, Arkema will acquire around 25% equity stake in Ihsedu. The JV aims to develop castor oil production, which will provide Arkema long term, secure and competitive access to the strategic raw material for the manufacture of its bio-sourced polyamides.

Source: http://t.co/qxeYYTkz1k

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