Rajni Hatti-Kaul was invited to a regional expert workshop on 26-27 March 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany on “Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II: Understanding Trends, Risks and Opportunities in Europe” organised by the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) and UN Environment. The results from the workshop will feed into the Global Chemicals Outlook II (GCO-II), currently being developed by UN Environment. More information can be found here.
A delegation of STEPS visited LEGO Sustainable Material Division! LEGO is a fascinated company that is putting huge efforts in developing alternatives to fossil-based bricks. Lego aims to use recycled or renewable raw materials in all its plastics products by 2030. We will be eagerly following this journey! For more information read this article.
STEPS board meeting took place at Ikea’s office in Älmhult. Our host Johan Bruck presented Ikea’s development work on reducing fossil based plastics. He showed the new prototypes made using biobased plastics. STEPS board had also the opportunity to visit Ikea’s museum.
Helsingborg city´s office of environmental management has started a project called ”Hejdå plast” (bye-bye plastics). Their representatives along with the city´s procurement office and representatives from the waste management company NSR visited STEPS in Lund, to gain a better understanding of different plastic systems including biobased and biodegradable plastics, and their environmental impact.
Rajni Hatti-Kaul and Tobias Nielsen from STEPS followed the latest developments concerning bioplastics at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin on the 28-29th of November 2017, and met with other STEPS members. From left: Kristy-Barbara Lange (European Bioplastics, STEPS board member), Linda Zellner (Perstorp, WP2 leader), Dennis Kjellberg (Perstorp) and Tobias Nielsen (Lund University, WP3).
WP2 PhD student Niklas Warlin (in the picture on the left) and external communicator Katarina Elner-Haglund presented STEPS for high school and university students, and faculty members at the annual Raw Materials University Day organized by the EIT Raw Materials network.
Durable floor varnish based on sugar is the new result with commercial potential from STEPS. The bio-based floor finish StepOn is now applied on one of the wooden floors at Lund University, Sweden. The researchers at Lund University have developed a sugar based building block, as product developer at the company Bona AB used to produce a waterborne polyurethane dispersion. With this as a starting point a floor varnish was manufactured, a product with excellent scratch resistance and chemical resistance. ”We have developed a…