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Six new materials have been nominated from a total of 30 entries for the 'Renewable Materials of the Year 2023' Innovation Award, the nova Institute announces. The winner will be chosen by the public during the second day of the 'Renewable Materials Conference', on 24 May in Siegburg/Cologne, Germany.
Editorial office / Siegburg

With the ‘Renewable Material of the Year 2023’, nova Institute as organiser and Covestro as sponsor, aim to highlight promising solutions that contribute to replacing fossil carbon from the soil.

The nominees are:

  • Carbon-Light Yeast Oil – COLIPI (Germany)
    The fermentation of yeast oil from carbohydrate-rich biomass made from waste gases containing CO2, H2 and O2 using microorganisms in a patented gas fermentation bioreactor.
  • CovationBio™ Sorona® for faux fur – CovationBio (US)
    One of the first commercially available faux furs based on plant-based ingredients, a sustainable alternative to animal fur.
  • KUORI – Biobased and biodegradable elastic materials – KUORI (Switzerland)
    Biobased and biodegradable elastic materials based on food waste, such as banana peels and nut shells. The first application is shoe soles.
  • Monolayer PEF Bottle: a high-quality and sustainable packaging material – Avantium Renewable Polymers (Netherlands)
    This PEF bottle is a biobased and recyclable alternative to PET bootles, with improved barrier properties. It is made with Avantium’s innovative technology to convert plant sugars into FDCA.
  • QIRA – the next generation bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO) – Qore (US)
    A chemical platform to make biobased BDO from renewable resources. Biobased BDO can be used as a drop-in solution in a wide range of applications, including spandex fibres, biobased plastics and polyurethanes, for industries as diverse as fashion, automotive, packaging and electronics.
  • traceless® – Plastic-free natural polymer – traceless Materials (Germany)
    Plastic-free natural polymer materials based on plant residues from the agricultural industry. Contains 100% bio-based carbon. Although traceless® looks and feels like plastic, it is certified plastic- and microplastic-free and completely biocircular – designed to leave no trace.

For more information on the conference, see the agenda.

Image: traceless Materials