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September 22, 2021  

Microsoft, Sabic partner on new mouse with 20 per cent recycled ocean plastic shell

The Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse is Microsoft’s first product made with recycled ocean plastic.

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September 14, 2021  

Genomatica and lululemon collaborate to develop plant-based nylon for apparels

Nylon is the largest volume of synthetic material currently used to make lululemon products.

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September 13, 2021  

McMaster Innovation Park announces mandatory vaccination policy

The policy at the research and innovation park in Hamilton, Ontario takes effect on Nov. 1.

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September 8, 2021  

Scientists develop mathematical modeling tool to predict polymer properties

The tool will allow researchers to predict the properties of polymer networks before they’re even created.

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September 1, 2021  

Researchers develop new laminate that changes colour when deformed

The colour change alerts people to a possible material failure at an early stage.

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August 25, 2021  

Cascades launching 100% recycled packaging for its Fluff & Tuff product line

The new packaging for the bathroom tissue brand is also recyclable.

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August 16, 2021  

New lightning protection system for thermoplastic wind turbine blades

Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have designed a way to protect thermally welded wind turbine blades from failure caused by lightning strikes.

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August 12, 2021  

NGen announces $40 million automotive zero-emissions manufacturing challenge

The supercluster to invest up to $20 million in R&D projects for battery and fuel cell electric vehicles.

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August 11, 2021  

Feds invest in first made-in-Canada electric vehicle

The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association is getting $5 million in funding through FedDev Ontario to support Project Arrow.

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August 11, 2021  

Online plastics platform Knowde gets $72 million in financing

The Series B financing is being led by technology investment firm Coatue.

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August 9, 2021  

Volkswagen turns to acrylic resin for new black and white emblems

A combination of two Plexiglas Hi-Gloss materials is used by Austrian automotive supplier Ulbrichts GmbH to create the emblem’s modern look.

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August 3, 2021  

Researchers develop pine sap-based thermally stable plastic

A Florida State University research team’s discovery of a new plastic derived from pine sap has the potential to be a gamechanger for new sustainable materials.

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July 28, 2021  

Turning automotive plastic waste into new sustainable materials

A new research project involving Eastman shows how to recycle automotive-industry mixed plastic waste in the automotive supply chain.

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July 26, 2021  

A new water-based solution for recovering add-on value from waste plastic

Ontario-based Aduro Clean Technologies has developed a novel chemical conversion process to transform waste plastics into renewable fuels and specialty chemicals.

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July 16, 2021  

The ocean is full of tiny plastic particles – we found a way to track them with satellites

To understand how microplastic pollution is affecting the ocean, scientists need to know how much is there and where it is accumulating.

News
July 16, 2021  

StackTeck optimizes TRIM pail design to pass UN test standards

The pails are eight per cent lighter than a benchmarked industry standard five-gallon pail, while meeting UN standards 7.4 (drop test) and 7.5 (compression test).

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July 14, 2021  

Self-powered implantable device stimulates faster bone healing

When placed over a fracture, the device generates electricity from movement, accelerating bone healing, and then disappears without a trace.

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July 12, 2021  

Researchers from Germany and Canada work on new AI methods for picking robots

The researchers are investigating how to use training data from multiple stations, from multiple plants, or even companies without requiring participants to hand over sensitive company data.

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July 7, 2021  

USask researchers looking to make bioplastics from pulse starch

The University of Saskatchewan project has received $2.5 million in funding through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, and will be led by Dr. Yongfeng Ai.

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July 5, 2021  

New face mask prototype can detect COVID-19 infection

Developed by researchers at Harvard and MIT, the mask’s sensor technology could also be used to create clothing that detects a variety of pathogens and other threats.

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June 30, 2021  

New elastomers pave the way for smarter robotic arms

The intelligent polymers created by researchers at Saarland University enable novel, soft robotic tools that are lighter, more agile, and more flexible than today’s rigid technical components.

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June 28, 2021  

Global consumer brands unveil world’s first enzyme-recycled plastic bottles

A PET recycling breakthrough from Carbios, L’Oréal, Nestlé Waters, PepsiCo, and Suntory Beverage & Food Europe yields food-grade PET bottles.

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June 18, 2021  

Canadian tech company takes plastic waste sorting to the next level

Metaspectral is developing AI-powered technology that goes where traditional thermal cameras can’t to sort plastics automatically.

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June 16, 2021  

New masterbatches create natural-looking TPE wine corks

The special-effect masterbatch package is from material supplier Avient Corp.

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June 14, 2021  

MIT engineers create programmable fibre that collects, stores, and analyzes data

When sewn into clothing, the fibre could have implications for physical performance monitoring, medical inference, and early disease detection.

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June 14, 2021  

Feds invest $10 million in Hamilton-based clean automotive and aerospace hub

McMaster University’s new iHub will support more than 230 SMEs to commercialize new technologies for next-generation automotive and aerospace sectors.

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June 2, 2021  

Tokyo researchers hit on new design method to reduce weight in reinforced plastics

The development opens the doors to lighter aircrafts and automobiles.

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May 26, 2021  

University of Buffalo researchers get funding to improve recycling of plastic film

The effort addresses one of the biggest streams of plastic waste.

News
May 26, 2021  

New AI will sort recyclable plastic in B.C. by the end of 2021

Technology developer Metaspectral has been awarded more than $300,000 to develop AI-powered technology that can sort plastics automatically.

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May 21, 2021  

Scientists convert recyclable plastic to jet fuel

Researchers at Washington State University say they’ve found a cost-effective way to convert PE-based products into jet fuel and lubricants, and in a fraction of the time current plastics recycling methods take.

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May 19, 2021  

New project aims to develop standardized methodology to analyze microplastics

The goal is to monitor their presence in the different stages of industrial processes.

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May 10, 2021  

Michelin co-develops sustainable tires based on recycled PET

The tire maker says it has successfully validated the use of Carbios’ enzymatic recycling technology for PET plastic waste in its tires.