Scientists warn that disposable coffee cups from their favorite coffee shops could take as long as 30 years to break down…increasing the burden for waste disposal. According to Lisa O’Carroll of The Guardian, campaigners are calling for an increase of tax for the U.K.’s nearly 5 billion paper and plastic take-away cups they produce a year. While many believe these cups can be recycled, they are wrong. While most people in the U.K. toss the cups in the green paper recycling bins, the recycling facilities cannot remove the plastic lining which coffee cups must have to insulate the coffee; therefore, the cups are wasted. Chris Cheeseman, a professor of materials resources engineering at Imperial College London, says “the polyethylene is resistant to degradation and could take around 30 years to break down. Even then we don’t know for sure, because nobody has looked at the cup specifically,” added Cheeseman. The market is ripe for a truly biodegradable or recyclable option. Efforts are being taken by major coffee companies to trial eco-friendly cups as well as to provide incentives for customers to return their used cups for a rebate.
Pursing Added Value for Alberta Biomass
Meeting Date: February 20-21, 2019
Location: Edmonton, Alberta Canada
Dr. Jo Anne Shatkin to be keynote speaker on Cellulose Nanocrystals (CNC) at “Pursuing Added Value for Alberta Biomass” on February 20-21, 2019. This two-day conference will be hosted by Alberta Innovates and will focus on the future of biomass utilization in Alberta. Students are encouraged to submit an abstract for poster presentations. For more information please visit the event website here.
Graphene Automotive 2019
Meeting Date: March 4-5, 2019
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Plan to attend Graphene Automotive 2019—the premier forum for graphene and automotive manufactures. Key topics for this year’s conference include:
Graphene availability, market supply, and demand forecasts
New markets and the commercialization of graphene automotive applications
Quality and standardization of graphene materials to meet commercial needs
New developments in manufacturing processes and material integration techniques
Latest methods, results, and new developments in graphene-based composites
End-user automotive manufacturer case studies and successful applications
Register to attend here!
World Bio Markets
Meeting Date: April 1-3, 2019
Join Jo Anne Shatkin at the 14th annual World Bio Markets Conference where she will moderate sessions on “Reducing & Reusing Waste Streams” and “Product Biodegradability & Recycling”.
Register to attend today!
SRA World Congress 2019
Meeting Date: May 6-8, 2019
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Save the date for The Society for Risk Analysis Fifth World Congress on Risk at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The theme of this three day event will be: "Development and Resilience" and will feature scientific workshops and presentations, hosted by the world's leading authority on risk and risk analysis.
Register today! Early bird registration ends April 2, 2019.
2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials
Meeting Date: June 3-7, 2019
Location: Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex | Chiba, Japan
Vireo Advisors is pleased to host a workshop entitled "Cellulose Nanomaterial Safety, Building a Bridge from Theory to Practice"
at the 2019 International Conference on Nanotechnology for Renewable Materials. The workshop will focus on the occupational and environmental safety demonstration for cellulose nanomaterials, with special consideration of nanoscale properties of the materials. Concepts will be explored with case studies to present current knowledge, theory, and state-of-the-art practices for meeting regulatory requirements, and safety demonstration.
For more information, please contact Jo Anne Shatkin: JAShatkin@vireoadvisors.com .