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LEGO Commits to Biobased Packaging by 2025

In great news for the biobased industry, the LEGO Group announced on Earth Day that it intends to use 100% sustainable packaging by 2025, which will mean replacing petroleum-based plastics with sustainably sourced biobased materials. “By 2025, our aim is that no LEGO packaging parts have to end up in a landfill,” said Tim Brooks,…

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UMaine Researcher Wins $250k to Advance Wood-based Building Materials

Mehdi Tajvidi, assistant professor of renewable nanomaterials at the University of Maine’s School of Forest Resources, was just awarded $250,000 to develop next-generation wood-based building materials. Called cellulose nanofibrils (CNF), these building materials are the natural structural building units of wood that are 1/100,000th the width of a human hair. New research from Sweden has…

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Celebrating CEI’s 40th Anniversary

We were pleased to exhibit at the 40th anniversary celebration of Biobased Maine member Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) late last month. CEI’s event showcased 50+ current and former portfolio businesses and key partners from industries important to Maine’s economy including food and beverage, manufacturing, services, renewable energy, nature-based tourism, and sustainable development. The event was…

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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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