Fish-based kicks quietly winning the eco-friendly sneaker game

In Paris, shoe brand Veja is pulling out all the stops to create sustainable sneakers. While major brands Nike and Reebok are focusing on...

High hopes for hemp in Australia

In Australia, expanding government acceptance and Chinese demand is giving hemp growers a boost, but infrastructure and new seed varieties are still required before...

MIT hopes to one day replace your desk lamp with a glowing plant 

In Massachusetts, scientists at MIT have created plants that produce light by infusing them with firefly enzymes. "The vision is to make a plant that...

Greenpeace: Bioplastics not the answer to ocean waste problem

In the Netherlands, Greenpeace is concerned that bioplastics will contribute to the problem of marine waste and insists that the only solution is to...

Abattis launches cannabis-containing sunscreen

In Vancouver, Abattis Bioceuticals has launched a sunscreen formulation with cannabidiol. Dubbed RAYZ, the all-natural, 100% organic sunscreen was developed by Abattis’s majority owned subsidiary,...

Ontario glycogen plant set to open in summer 2018

In Ontario, Mirexus Biotechnologies is building a plant in Guelph with $1 million in funding from the government’s department of Agriculture and Agri-Food. The...

Japan’s Sumitomo buys daisy-based insecticide maker

In Australia, Botanical Resources Australia has been acquired by Japan’s Sumitomo Chemical for $133 million. Founded in 1996, BRA produces pyrethrins, a natural insecticide extracted...

Vietnamese student converts catfish fat to bioplastics

In Vietnam, a student at Hanoi University of Education has successfully isolated bacteria that can convert catfish fat into polyhydroxyalkanoates. Vu Thị Mai Anh finished...

That’s the pits: Mexican company makes straws from avocado seeds

In Mexico, Biofase is making straws out of avocado pits—a concept poised to gain ground as plastic straw bans proliferate globally. Based in Michoacán, Biofase...

Hard times fall on North Dakota startup

In North Dakota, a company produces paper flower pots, paper and boards from manure is facing eviction from a city-owned industrial park for failing...

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Starbucks and McDonald’s partner up to find the perfect biobased cup

In New York, Starbucks and McDonald’s are teaming up to build a fully recyclable, compostable cup, lid and straw in the next three years....

Liquor maker launches new sweet vermouth using discarded coffee berry fruit

In the United Kingdom, William Grant & Sons UK, the makers of Hendrick’s Gin and Glenfiddich, launched a new product that reduces waste called...

Developments at Anellotech Bring 100% Bio-based Plastic Bottle Closer to Reality

In New York, Anellotech achieved new milestones at its TCat-8 pilot plant in Texas, progressing its 100% bio-based bottle collaboration with global consumer beverage...