Novamont adds bioplastics capacity

In Italy, Novamont has expanded capacity for its ORIGO-BI biopolyester from 120,000 tons per year to 150,000 tons. “Novamont's industrialization efforts over the last few...

Happy Hemp History Week!

In the United States, The Hemp Industries Association and Vote Hemp kicked off the 8th annual Hemp History Week with events throughout the country. The...

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...

Vietnam Finds Alternative Use for Rice Waste

In Vietnam, scientists have developed a method to extract silica from rice husk in an effort to deal with the 9 million tons of...

Amyris targets 2018 for sweetener launch

In California, biobased farnesene producer Amyris has announced it expects to launch industrial production of a new sweetener in 2018. The low-calorie sweetener, dubbed No...

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...

UK company boasts natural solution to vanilla crisis

In the United Kingdom, Omega Ingredients has developed a natural vanilla flavor and extract as suppliers scramble for alternatives amid surging global prices. Omega says...

PHA plant starts up in Italy, targets microbeads

In Italy, Bio-On has started up its first polyhydroxyalkanoate bioplastics plant for markets such as cosmetics microbeads. The €20 million investment—which includes associated research...

Biobased GOAAAAALS: World Cup soccer balls to include renewable rubber

In Brazil, ARLANXEO’s biobased ethylene-propylene-diene monomer rubber will be used in the official soccer balls used in next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. adidas...

Nebraska hemp research targets lubricants and plastics

In Nebraska, university students have planted their first industrial hemp crop as part of a research project to develop biobased products from the partially...

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Money down the toilet: Flushable pregnancy test startup announces funding

In Philadelphia, biodegradable pregnancy test startup Lia Diagnostics has raised $2.6 million in private funding. The company, which says its paper-based tests are flushable, did...

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