L’Oreal launches Seed Phytonutrients line of personal care products

In the United States, L'Oréal is launching Seed Phytonutrients, a beauty brand using natural ingredients, many of which extracted from seeds. The brand uses heirloom...

Biobased fire additive under development for military

In Ontario, FireRein and Ethonus have signed a licensing agreement with the United States military for a biobased firefighting water additive. The deal will...

Paper byproduct holds promise for greener batteries

In New York, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute scientists are using paper production byproduct lignosulfanoate to produce rechargeable, lithium-Sulphur cells. So far, the researchers have been able...

Chance encounter leads to bioplastic pact

In Scotland, bioplastic firm Cuantec has partnered with an Ayrshire dairy farmer to develop the world’s first biodegradable milk bottles. The collaboration came when...

Wacker launches biobased silicone for cosmetics

In Germany, Wacker Chemie has launched a biobased silicone for cosmetics applications. BELSIL Eco Silicone Fluids have viscosity ranging from 5 and 60,000 centistokes and...

DEINOVE, GREENTECH launch antiaging ingredient

In France, DEINOVE and GREENTECH have launched HEBELYS, a jointly developed cosmetic active ingredient produced by the fermentation of Sphingomonas. HEBELYS acts on the p16...

PETA seeks to redefine leather—literally

In California, PETA has petitioned dictionary.com to change the definition of leather to include both plant-based and synthetic materials given the rise of “vegan...

Brazil’s Beraca to launch silicone alternative made from tucumã fruit

In Amsterdam, Beraca will launch Tucumã Butter, a 100% natural alternative to silicones in skin care products, at the upcoming in-cosmetics Global. Brazil-based Beraca says...

Biopolymer company raises $3.6 million from 76 investors

In North Carolina, biopolymer startup Tethis IP Holding Co. has raised $3.6 million in funding. Tethis was spun out of North Carolina State University in...

Finnish scientists coax higher pigment yields from birch

In Finland, the VTT Technical Research Centre has successfully produced useful compounds from birch leaves and seeds, including anthocyanin pigments that inhibit the growth...

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