How Are Biomaterials Reducing Fossil Fuel Dependence?

As the effects of climate change are growing more serious every year, the science and industry sectors are collaborating as never before to find more eco-friendly ways to operate.

As the effects of climate change are growing more serious every year, the science and industry sectors are collaborating as never before to find more eco-friendly ways to operate. One of the ways researchers are looking to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels is through the greater deployment of biomaterials.

Biochemicals are the carbon-based compounds present in all living matter. The Chemical Engineer defines biomanufacturing as “[the use of] biological systems to produce biomaterials and biomolecules that can be used in a range of industries including specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products.”

An example of this is the recent collaboration between the Coca-Cola Company and the Changchun Meihe Science & Technology, which was reported in Packaging Europe. They are working on technology that converts plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG), as well as plant-based monopropylene glycol (bMPG) into a raw material for packaging.

Nancy Quan, chief technical and innovation officer at The Coca-Cola Company, said: “The viability of this next-generation biomaterial is a significant technological breakthrough in our ongoing efforts to reduce our use of virgin oil-based plastics, by increasing our use of recycled and renewable alternatives.”

She added: “It can not only help us achieve our commitments to carbon emission reduction but can also enable the entire industry to shift to a more circular economy. Through our agreement with UPM, we invite the wider industry to join us by utilizing the material once production has been ramped up at UPM Leuna.”

The technology uses renewable biomatter that is a side or waste product, rather than feedstock which can be used as a source of food. It is hoped that eventually, such innovative schemes will lead to the widespread production of plastics which are fossil-fuel free, and have minimal CO2 outputs during production.

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M&S Launches Pre-Made Cocktails For Christmas

Marks and Spencer has been working hard on its festive range of food and drink, and has launched pre-made cocktails for the Christmas season. 

The retailer has been busy over the last few months creating the perfect recipes so customers can purchase a ready-made margarita, passion star martini, espresso martini, clover club, aged rum, cacao old fashioned, and golden negroni. 

Consumers can buy the ‘Marksologist’ collection of six cocktails for £108, but Marks and Spencer intends to sell each beverage separately closer to December 25th. 

Those who love chocolate and a digestif when the nights draw in are also bound to enjoy its new Golden Cream Liqueur. The silky caramel-flavoured beverage can be teamed perfectly with the entire Golden Blond range, which will be new to customers too. This includes Golden Blond chocolate spread, Panettone and Florentines. 

Chocolate fans will also enjoy M&S’ unique Christmas Pudding Truffles, combining two popular flavours over the festive season. These fruity chocolate bombs with just a hint of alcohol are sure to be a hit with customers over the next few months. 

As Christmas shopping begins earlier and earlier each year, consumers can already start shopping for their favourite decorations, fragrances, gifts, drinks and food at Marks and Spencer. 

Another flavour that will fly off the shelves this winter is Ben & Jerry’s Minter Wonderland ice-cream. Though not new, this is back by popular demand due to its festive-inspired ingredients. 

These include peppermint ice-cream with large chocolate chunks. The classic combination is as popular as ever, even during the colder months, as co-founder Ben explained “you could feel warmer when it’s chilly by lowering [your] inner body temperature, so it’s more balanced with the outside temperature”. 

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How Do You Feel About Lab-Grown Meat?

If you’re not convinced about the idea of eating a steak or a burger that’s been ‘grown’ in a laboratory, you’re certainly not alone.

An article for Geographical recently explored the psychology behind our acceptance – or rejection – of food technology, noting that the qualities that we typically value the most in our food is its freshness, naturalness and minimal processing.

Bearing that in mind, it’s easy to understand why many of us may not feel comfortable with a lab-grown burger. However, there are strong sustainability arguments for eating meat produced in this way, rather than from an animal.

Psychologist Michael Siegrist told the news provider that “many consumers perceive the use of food technologies as contradictory to healthy, nutritious food, which may be a challenge for the industry”.

If you thought that the concept of lab-grown meat wasn’t one you’d have to consider in the near future, you might be surprised to learn that a Dutch food technology company, Mosa Meat, expects the production costs for its lab-grown burgers to fall to $10 per burger by 2021.

This is quite an impressive figure when you consider that the first lab-grown burger produced in 2013 cost $300,000.

The Grocer recently reported that Agronomics had raised £10 million to continue funding companies, including Mosa Meat, that are developing the alternative protein market. It’s just one sign of how rapidly funding in the cultivated meat market is growing globally, the news provider noted.

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