Tierra Introduces New 100% Bio-based Jacket

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.tierra_log_x2

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.

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Castable Polymers made from Castor Beans could Replace Conventional Plastics

Super-tough materials derived from inedible plants are lightweight, renewable and strong enough to use in vehicles

A new polymer blend made from castor beans is stronger and lighter than conventional structural materials, and researchers say it could improve the safety and fuel efficiency of cars.Castor-Oil-Seeds2

Castor beans are notorious for containing the poison ricin, but it’s possible to turn them into polyamide 11, a thermoplastic from the nylon family of polymers. Now, scientists from Japan have developed a super-strong polymer blend by mixing polyamide 11 with the common household plastic polypropylene, that could replace many of the plastics we use today.

Sebacic Acid Export from Duqm Plant to Start in ’18

Sebaic Oman will start exporting sebacic acid from its $62 million plant in Duqm from Q1 2018, as it would become operational by the end of 2017.sebacic acid

Sebacic acid in powder form would be filled into flexi tanks in containers and exported from Port of Duqm to countries such as US, China and Japan and the equipment meant for the 30,000 tonnes/year plant had been arriving through the port.

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Castor Seed Futures Weaken on Low Spot Demand

Castor seed prices edged lower by Rs 9 to Rs 4,814 per quintal in futures trade as traders indulged in slashing exposure largely in line with weak physical markets.castor-seeds_10421148_250x250

At the National Commodity and Derivative Exchange, castor seed for most-active October month contract was trading lower by Rs 9 or 0.19 per cent to Rs 4,814 per quintal, clocking a business turnover of 99,570 open lots.

The November contract also dropped by Rs 7 or 0.14 per cent to Rs 4,909 per quintal, revealing an open interest of 16,470 lots.

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