• Gary Robinson

Synaptic Connections Newsletter 2019 Week#20

Updated: May 20, 2019

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Week#20 of 2019 Good morning and I hope you had a nice weekend.  For those new joining us, we are currently focusing on advancing Sustainability though novel innovations using Natural/ Renewable Materials.  

This week, let’s have a look at starch technologies.  Starches are an interesting raw material with market potential for innovation, growth, and commercial scale.  Have you ever seen those packaging peanuts that look like foam, however completely dissolve in water?  That’s an extruded starch.  Starch technologies are hyper-degradable.  They also offer some very useful functional characteristics.  To start with, they can be made reasonably rigid.  This makes them suitable to provide containment or protection for many applications.  They can also be custom formed and shaped into different geometries, another nice benefit.  Economically, they are a cost competitive raw material.  Generally speaking, they can be processor friendly and suitable for scale into high volume manufacturing.  One of the biggest challenges (read opportunity) with starch is that it decomposes too fast.  In most applications starches have difficulty holding up to any moisture exposure.  This is an area for innovation and we see compelling technologies on the horizon that can enable broader market uses for starches as a packaging alternative for rigid plastics and foams.

So, next time you eat your corn chips, reflect back on this Newsletter and give us a call!  Have a great week, and enjoy the news articles below.  We hope they stimulate engaging dialogue with your colleagues.

Packaging Sustainability//

ReThink Waste//

Sustainability & Investing//

Upcoming Trade Events//

May 13-19 May, ISTA Forum, Denver, CO

15-16 May, LuxPack, NY, NY 21-22 May, Private Label Manufacturers Association, Amsterdam


3-6 June, SustBrands, Detroit, MI

11-13 June, Global Pouch Forum, Chicago, IL

17 June, SPC Engage, Minneapolis, MN

17-27 June, UN Climate Change Conference, Bonn, Germany

18-20 June, GreenBiz Circularity, Minneapolis, MN

19-20 June, Green Sports Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

25-26 June, Great Lakes Circular Economy, Toronto, Canada

The purpose of this newsletter is to stimulate innovative thoughts and constructive dialogue through the lens of sustainability.  New subscribers can send an e-mail to the link below to sign-up. 

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