Ontario bioplastic startup has big-brand backing ahead of plant startup

In Ontario, startup Origin Materials is set to produce recyclable, carbon-sequestering bioplastic from sawdust to meet offtake agreements already in place with large consumer...

New cling wrap may create secondary market for canola

In Canada, University of Alberta researcher Marleny Saldaña has created a biodegradable cling wrap using cellulose nanofibers from canola straw. "We have a huge problem...

Sunglass company goes natural with cottonseed frames

In California, sunglass company OTIS Eyewear has launched a new line made from renewable materials. Dubbed the Eco-Acetate collection, the sunglass frames are produced from...

British Columbia microbiologist eyes pulp and paper waste as feedstock

In Canada, a researcher at the University of British Columbia is looking to convert black liquor—a waste product from the region’s large pulp and...

Former president inaugurates Bangladesh jute research center

In Bangladesh, a Jute Goods Research and Design Centre has been formed to diversify the number of products that use jute and promote sale...

“Natural” ingredients class-action continues to haunt LaCroix

In Chicago, the maker of ubiquitous flavored water LaCroix has lost its legal bid to have sanctions placed on the plaintiffs of a class-action...

“Infinite” hoodie, biodegradable tennis dress produced by stella mccartney

In New York, adidas and stella mccartney have successfully created a biodegradable tennis dress and a fully recyclable hoodie from old cotton—critical breakthroughs as...

Vancouver company launches “Plant Shoe”

In Vancouver, Native Shoes has introduced The Plant Shoe, a sneaker that is biodegradable, vegan, and can be composted. The launch is a step...

For Unilever, sustainable products equal faster sales

In London, efforts by personal care giant Unilever to phase out plastics and ramp up use of bioplastics is finding traction with consumers concerned...

Indian entrepreneurs launch bamboo and corn fiber sanitary napkins

In India, Violette Sathe and Rajesh Chandavat have founded Breakfree, a biodegradable sanitary pad company. “Women need to know that having your periods should not...

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