Cellulose fibers are making a comeback as consumers ditch synthetics

In Tennessee, Eastman Chemical is seeing demand for its cellulose fibers increase as the fashion industry works to improve its sustainability profile and meet...

Czech student 3-D prints sandals using coconut and pineapple wastes

In the Czech Republic, a graduate student has teamed up with a filament company to produce a biobased, 3-D printed line of sandals. “We are...

Indian festival honoring siblings debuts tree-growing tradition

In Rajasthan, biodegradable rakhis—ornaments given by sisters to brothers to celebrate the sibling bond—containing plant seeds can be purchased for this year’s Raksha Bandhan...

University spin-out develops cellulose microbeads

In the United Kingdom, a startup spun out of the University of Bath has developed biodegradable microbeads using cellulose. Dubbed Naturbeads, the company aims to...

Grad student 3D prints biobased menswear

In Copenhagen, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts student Mats Beckman has created a compostable, 3D printed men’s outfit using non-genetically modified corn starch...

Self-driving “Robocar” will feature biobased seat cushions

In Japan, ZMP Inc has adopted Mitsui Chemicals’ biobased polyol for its Robocar Walk self-driving car. ZMP uses polyurethane foam produced from the polyol—dubbed Econykol—in...

Nixing palm oil will do more harm than good

In Singapore, specialty chemical maker Croda is making the case that shifting to sustainably sourced palm oil in personal care products—as opposed to completely...

Edible spoons are a hit at Orange County Fair

In Orange County, this year’s fair included a novel product for reducing plastic waste: edible spoons. Available in the Culinary Arts section of the OC...

How to make your morning routine more green

In China, the South China Morning Post’s style section has compiled some under-the-radar products that will help make daily skin and oral care routines...

Meat purveyor switches to renewable shipping materials

In Canada, farm-to-door meat company NIKU Farms is replacing Styrofoam freezer-shipping packaging with an alternative made from cornstarch. The company says it is the first...

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Eyewear eyes green material alternatives

In the United Kingdom, Optometry Today has covered the growing trend of sustainable eyewear, including the increased use of materials based on renewable feedstocks. The...

All that glitters is not green: Swedes create renewable sequins

In Sweden, designers and materials scientists have teamed up to create biodegradable sequins from cellulose. Designer Elissa Brunato created the Bio Iridescent Sequin in collaboration...

Biobased adhesive solves coffee cup conundrum

In Germany, family-owned chemical company Follmann, together with its Sealock subsidiary, have developed a biobased adhesive for use in disposable coffee cups. The innovation...