Breakthrough opens door for spit- and sweat-powered battery

In New York, researchers at Binghamton University have harnessed bacteria to create a stretchable, fabric-based battery. More specifically, the fuel cells used bacteria as...

Lubricants maker rises from the ashes with new facility

In Iowa, soy-based lubricants maker Environmental Lubricants Manufacturing is back to full manufacturing strength after a fire in 2007. The company is based on technology...

Boats, nails, and bridges top biocomposite awards

In Cologne, GreenBoats, Raimund Beck Nageltechnik GmbH, and Eindhoven University of Technology all received Biocomposite of the Year Innovation Awards from nova-Institute and Coperion...

Tide turning as Cali surfboard maker embraces renewable materials

In California, surfing champion turned custom surfboard maker Ashley Lloyd Thomson has begun incorporating natural materials into her products. Thompson takes into account her customers’...

Jittery bugs convert coffee waste to bioplastics

In Singapore, a Nanyang Polytechnic researcher has developed a way to turn coffee waste into the biodegradable plastic polyhydroxyalkanoate at lower costs. Dr. Henry Leung...

Indian researchers report polystyrene recycling breakthrough

In India, researchers at IIT Hyderabad have discovered a way to recycle the common polystyrene foam thermocol using citrus extract from orange peels. Citrus extract...

Dutch designers envision biopolymer 3D print shops on every corner 

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/12/04/dutch-designers-eric-klarenbeek-maartje-dros-convert-algae-biopolymer-3d-printing-good-design-bad-world/ In the Netherlands, designers Eric Klarenbeek and Maartje Dros have developed an algae-based bioplastic that they hope to eventually use in a network of...

German research team targets pinecone-powered blinds for climate control

In Germany, a research team from three universities is investigating ways in which folding mechanisms found in nature can be used in architecture to...

Flushable test will tell you if you have bun in the oven

https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/04/lia-is-launching-the-first-ever-flushable-pregnancy-test/ In Philadelphia, Lia Diagnostics is launching the first-ever flushable pregnancy test made from natural materials. Founded in 2015 by Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson, Lia...

Italian shoe brand debuts apple-based vegan leather 

In Italy, designer shoe brand VEERAH has launched a line of footwear made from apple peels. The vegan leather, which took six years to develop,...

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