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Biobased Products Success Stories

Learn how AURI can work with you by reading the success stories of past and current Biobased Product clients.

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AURI Facility Profile: Biobased Focus Area

 By AURI Biobased products enable the transition from traditional petroleum-based materials to agricultural resources in the production of plastics, films, building materials and chemicals. AURI supports clients through hands on technical assistance in the form of sample analysis in the AURI analytical laboratory, byproduct development in its pilot facility, and by working directly on site… Continue Reading AURI Facility Profile: Biobased Focus Area

Biobased Sealant Paves Way to the Future

Research findings by the United Soybean Board, suggest that biobased road sealants have a positive impact on road quality, the environment and city budgets. Continue Reading Biobased Sealant Paves Way to the Future


Idea to reality: EarthClean needed certification by the USDA Forest Service in order to use their corn-based firefighting product TetraKO to fight forest fires. The company also wanted to develop a liquid version. AURI’s role: AURI scientists are working with EarthClean on product development and testing. Outcomes: With testing and product development help from several of AURI’s… Continue Reading EarthClean

Bio-Plastic Solutions

Idea to reality: Develop eco-friendly building materials, including window trim interiors and office furniture, that use ag fibers such as wheat straw fiber and polymers to improve the products. AURI’s role: AURI connected Bio-Plastic Solutions to North Dakota State University researchers that led to a network of resources such as the University of Minnesota, state universities… Continue Reading Bio-Plastic Solutions

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… Continue Reading 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… Continue Reading 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… Continue Reading Klean Soap