Mattel rolls out first bioplastic toy sets

In California, toy giant Mattel is set to begin selling building block sets made from bioplastics. The Mega Bloks line for pre-schoolers now includes...

Colorado researchers create self-healing “Frankenstein” concrete

In Colorado, scientists have created a living concrete substitute using cyanobacteria that absorbs carbon and can actually repair itself. University of Colorado Boulder professor Wil...

Spanish company launches potato-based plastic

In Spain, sustainable plastics company Kompuestos has unveiled packaging for fruits and vegetables made entirely of potato starch. The bioplastic, which will be sold within...

Biobased products take centerstage at Davos

In Switzerland, sustainable innovations was a key focus of the recent World Economic Forum at Davos, where leaders gathered to discuss the world’s most...

Vending machine coffee gets greener

In Italy, coffee products maker Lavazza has introduced biodegradable and recyclable paper cups for use in coffee vending machines. Most paper cups for hot beverages...

Itaconix and Nouryon terminate chelates deal

In the United Kingdom, Itaconix and chemical giant Nouryon have mutually agreed to terminate an agreement in which Nouryon exclusively distributes Itaconix’s biobased chelating...

Kelp straw producer raises $6 million

In Manhattan, edible straw startup Loliware has raised $5.9 million to scale production and further R&D. Loliware produces straws from kelp, and aims to eventually...

Evonik acquires New Jersey phytochemical producer

In New Jersey, German chemical giant Evonik has acquired Wilshire Technologies, a producer of phytochemicals and derivatives for the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries, for...

Consortium aims to develop biobased rope for aquaculture

In Europe, the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has launched the BIOGEARS consortium to develop renewable, biodegradable ropes for aquaculture. The project will run from...

Mumbai researchers develop biobased food packaging films

In Mumbai, the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay has developed biobased plastic films suitable for food packaging. The film, which uses biopolymers based on sugar...

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