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Mainebiz Recognizes Biobased Maine Member Steve Levesque

Congratulations to Biobased Maine member Steve Levesque for being recognized by Mainebiz as a 2018 Business Leader of the Year! Steve is the executive director of Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA), which oversees Brunswick Landing, a technology and business campus at the site of the former Brunswick Naval Station. When Brunswick Landing was founded in…

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Starbucks Seeks a Biobased Solution

Starbucks just announced an ambitious plan to replace its disposable paper and plastic coffee cup with a fully recyclable or compostable cup within three years, a plan the coffee giant described as a “moonshot for sustainability.” Starting on March 20, Starbucks has committed $10 million in partnership with Closed Loop Partners and its Center for…

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From D.C. to Amsterdam

March saw us traveling down to Washington, D.C., for the 2018 ABLC conference before we flew to the Netherlands for the World Bio Markets conference, to network and promote Maine’s assets to global leaders in the biobased industry. We showed products made in Maine, shared success stories from Maine companies, and generated dozens and dozens of…

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Hitting the Road to Promote Maine’s Assets

Over the next month, we’re hitting the road for the start of our 2018 effort to market Maine’s assets to the global biobased industry at conferences in the U.S. and abroad. If you’re a Biobased Maine member and you haven’t already given us your promotional materials to bring to these conferences, please contact us. We can…

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Maine Coasters and Bio-Boards Launches

A new Maine company is leveraging the state’s powerful growth in craft beer to launch an innovative concept for the forest products industry. Founded by Falmouth native Kai Smith, Maine Coasters & Bio-Boards is developing beverage coasters made from Maine softwood pulp as well as leftover or “spent” grain from local breweries. The company was recently awarded…

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Call for New Biobased Maine Members

Say yes to investment and jobs for Maine! Biobased Maine is pleased to announce a call for new members in 2018. When you become a member of Biobased Maine, your membership opens new channels for your business development efforts, and helps you promote and network your business—as well as expand R&D opportunities for advanced biobased products…

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Pulp and Paper’s Innovative Future

As one of the rare mainstream industries that relies on a biobased, renewable, and fossil-free raw material, pulp and paper is poised to dominate. That’s the outlook from Bernard de Galembert, Bioeconomy and Innovation Director at the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), writing in Bio-Based World News. “It is oftentimes overlooked that the pulp and paper…

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Celebrate Science at the Maine Science Festival

We’re only two months away from the annual Maine Science Festival, a four-day celebration of the remarkable science, engineering, mathematics and technology happening in Maine every day. This year’s festival takes place March 15th-18th in Bangor, and will feature Radiolab’s Robert Krulwich as the headliner. (Purchase tickets for that here.) The MSF brings together Maine’s premier, nationally renowned…

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Marketing Maine’s Assets Around the Globe

Last year, Biobased Maine successfully launched its effort to market Maine’s assets to the biobased industry by exhibiting at conferences around the globe. We traveled to Washington, D.C., Amsterdam, and Montreal with our new exhibit, which highlights the wood, workforce, and idle mills available for investing in new biobased manufacturing projects. We began conversations with…

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Welcome New Member Wagner Forest Management, Ltd.

Please welcome the newest member of Biobased Maine, Wagner Forest Management. Wagner was founded by Fred Wagner in the late 1950s, before the concept of environmental responsibility had widely entered the public discourse. The company began creating partnerships by which individuals and organizations could invest in timberland assets, understanding from the start the symbiotic relationship…

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