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A New Material for Packaging

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A New Material for Packaging

“PAPTIC” Makes a Play for the Paper and Plastic Markets

A company called PAPTIC is rolling out a material that has properties of both paper and plastic, with high-quality characteristics and a green footprint.

Made from sustainably-sourced wood fibers, PAPTIC’s material is both biodegradable and recyclable. The company’s pitch line is that the material has the high print quality of paper, but with the durability of non-wovens. In addition, the material comes in formats that make them ready to use in existing packaging manufacturing lines.

The company is entering the European market and is positioning itself as a high-quality, sustainable packaging solution. And while the company is currently focused on the non-food market, it is also working with industry partners to address what it sees as a wide market in food packaging materials.

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A lightweight, customized economy, designed by you

Humans design systems that suit our purposes, that create wealth, and that make life better. We seek and test ideas; then adopt the ones that best fit our needs. When resources seemed limitless, the best ideas often involved extracting resources to feed the new technologies. That's how our modern economies evolved. But those circumstances are changing. Growing uncertainty about availability and access to key resources is forcing us to design new systems and business models to meet our needs. [...]

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At the Intersection of Biology and Design: The Future Will Be Grown

Factories of the future will use the building blocks of life to change the way we eat, work, and live.  And they're already here.

The world’s first summit dedicated to biofabrication took place earlier this month in New York. Suzanne Lee, founder of Biocouture, assembled a lineup of designers, entrepreneurs, and scientists to share their experiences working with bacteria, yeast, algae, fungi and other living cells.

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