Packaging challenge finalists include mushroom and seafood waste solutions

In Virginia, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition picked five finalists for its Protective Packaging Design Challenge, many of which featured biobased solutions. TemperPack’s ClimaCell uses foam...

Biobased industry group calls out UK supermarket chain for nixing compostables

In the United Kingdom, the Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association is urging supermarket chain Tesco to return compostable materials to its preferred packaging guidance...

Firmenich acquires French pine chemicals maker

In Switzerland, flavor and fragrance major Firmenich has agreed to acquire renewable ingredients firm Les Dérivés Résiniques et Terpéniques from Ardian, Tikehau Capital and...

Agthia set to launch Middle East’s first plant-based water bottle

In Abu Dhabi, food and beverage company Agthia Group PJSC is set to launch the region’s first plant-based water bottle, which biodegrades within 80...

Indian entrepreneur launches natural sanitary napkin line

In Tamil Nadu, homemaker turned entrepreneur T Kannama is selling cotton sanitary napkins to replace non-biodegradable and allergenic feminine hygiene products. "I wanted to produce...

Tire mainstay gets into the renewable shoe game

In Ohio, trendy shoe brand Skechers has teamed up with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. to create a line of sneakers that feature Goodyear’s...

Seaweed-lined to-go containers set to launch in London

In the United Kingdom, food delivery platform Just Eat claims it has made the world’s first take-out container made from seaweed and cardboard. Developed...

UK startup creates “infinite” toothbrush

In the United Kingdom, an oral care startup is set to launch a biobased, “infinite” toothbrush that consumers can send back to the company...

Nouryon launches wood-based polymer for lithium ion batteries

In the Netherlands, Nouryon has begun sales of AkuPure, a carboxymethyl cellulose polymer for use in lithium ion batteries. AkuPure improves the electrode coating...

Trash-to-sugar project wins EU grant

In Europe, a consortium of 11 companies has received funding to develop a process that converts household waste into biobased materials. Dubbed VAMOS—or Value...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

Sweetgreens upgrades compostable bowls after PFAS revelation

In California, to-go salad mainstay Sweetgreens is set to launch new compostable fiber bowls after its previous version was called out for containing perfluoroalkyl...

Service allows parents to mail back dirty diapers for composting

In Arizona, a compostable diaper company has launched a subscription service to send clean diapers to parents and receive return shipments of the used...