German scientists seek microalgae breakthrough

In Germany, a new project to produce platform chemicals using microalgae as feedstock has gotten underway. Led by Professor Stefan Mecking from the University of...

Scottish biotech incubator gets boost from UKRI funding

In Scotland, The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre has received funding from UK Research and Innovation to help boost the region’s early-stage industrial biotechnology innovations. The...

Dutch have the right formula for the bioeconomy

The Netherlands is doing a better job of nurturing early-stage industrial biotechnology companies than the United States by providing by supporting “biotechnology ecosystems,” according...

Beauty care lowdown: Is natural really better?

In Canada, debate is growing over whether products designated as natural or organic are actually safer and more effective. “When I hear people say that...

Biobased surfactants help green enhanced oil recovery

In London, the Nanotera Group has launched plant-based surfactants for enhanced oil recovery. The cleaning agents reduce processing time by performing quickly, Nanotera says. "The oil...

Cyanobacteria a Promising Alternative for Sunscreen

In Iran, researchers have evaluated cyanobacteria as potential natural source of ingredients for sunscreens and moisturizers. Not only would these materials be more sustainable to...

Summer school program tests lignin for metal ion removal

In Iowa, a project at the Cornell Summer Research Institute has used waste lignin to remediate metal ions in water. “I’m really excited about it...

Cheaper, synthetic furniture is a fire hazard

In Arkansas, firefighters report newer, synthetic furniture burns much faster than older furniture produced from natural materials like hardwood and cotton. A video on Arkansas...

Ap-peeling fabrics: Micronesian company pioneers banana waste textiles

In Micronesia, Green Banana Paper is repurposing waste banana fiber to make textiles as an alternative to resource-intensive cotton and non-renewable fibers. Made from the...

Double-digit annual growth forecast for biodegradable paper packaging

In the United Kingdom, Technavio analysts expect the global biodegradable paper packaging market to grow 11% per year through 2021, driven by increased adoption...

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Pope weighs in on sustainability, calls for circular economy

In Vatican City, the Catholic Church has called for a transition to a circular economy, including the use of more biobased products. Pontifical Academy of...

Hemp maker acquires Blue Marble Biomaterials, plans quick scale-up in Missoula

In Montana, a hemp processor has purchased Blue Marble Biomaterials, including the company’s plant in Missoula. Socati Corp. (Woodburn, Oregon) plans on hiring 40 workers,...

Colorado algae startup makes black ink green

In Colorado, a startup is producing sustainable ink for packaging using algae as feedstock. Dubbed Living Ink, the company was founded by PhD researchers Scott...