Biobased products

Biobased Plastics

Idea to reality: The global bioplastics industry is developing rapidly. Minnesota industries needed an in-depth analysis of technology and market opportunities in this field. AURI’s role: AURI led a detailed study of the bioplastics industry to help Minnesota companies and entrepreneurs understand emerging opportunities in this field. AURI distributed the report to businesses that could commercialize the findings and led a forum to discuss the findings. Outcomes: Several businesses that… Read More »Biobased Plastics

Swheat Scoop

Idea to reality: Swheat Scoop, a renewably-sourced cat litter, was initially made by Pet Care Systems-now part of Farmers Union Industries. The wheat-based product is all natural. Pet Care Systems continues to improve and create related products and processes to have a larger market share. AURI’s role: AURI and their laboratories have been instrumental in improving the cost factors of the product,” explains Farmers Union Industries’ Chuck Neece. “They have… Read More »Swheat Scoop

Klean Soap

Idea to reality: A Minnesota family company wanted to use recycled vegetable oil and glycerin from their small biodiesel plant to make green cleaning products. They needed help with glycerin purification and product formulation and testing. AURI’s role: AURI scientists helped purify the crude glycerin and perfect the product recipes and manufacturing process for Klean Soap. Outcome: Klean Soap now makes five all-natural cleaning products, which are being tested at… Read More »Klean Soap