Filipino entrepreneur pitches bamboo straws

In France, a Filipino entrepreneur was given the opportunity to pitch bamboo straws as part of the Startupper of the Year challenge. Bambuhay Social Enterprise’s...

IFF doubles down on naturals with $7.1-billion acquisition of Frutarom

In New York, International Flavors & Fragrances has agreed to acquire Tel Aviv’s Frutarom in a deal worth $7.1 billion. IFF says acquisition will establish...

Scottish eyewear brand sees big market for hemp

In Scotland, 25-year-old designer Sam Whitten has launched Hemp Eyewear, a glasses brand using industrial-grade hemp imported from Eastern Europe. The hemp undergoes a compression-molding...

Is natural always better? Johnson & Johnson dares to speak sense and science

In New Jersey, baby care giant Johnson & Johnson demonstrated corporate courage when it released a promotional video that makes a bold claim: natural...

Lithuania scientists create bioplastic for food packaging which degrades in two years

In Lithuania, researchers from Kaunas University of Technology have created a fully compostable packaging for food products from bioplastic, which decomposes in a compost...

Designer upcycles coffee waste, sees moral duty to drive circular thinking

In the United Kingdom, designer Atticus Durnell is using waste coffee grounds to create a composite material dubbed That’s Caffeine. “I was always looking into...

Shellfish-based packaging set to hit Scotland’s beer coolers

In Scotland, CuanTec says it is close to launching biodegradable beer packaging made from chitin, a material extracted from lobster shells and discarded by...

Feed the fish and work on your swing: Biodegradable, fish-feed-filled golf balls exist

In Connecticut, Hartford’s Riverfront Recapture is organizing a program to provide biodegradable golf balls full of fish feed for residents to whack into the...

India startup launches all-natural sanitary napkins

In India, an e-commerce startup is offering all-natural, chemical-free sanitary napkins made from bamboo fiber and cornstarch. Founded by Tanvi Johri and Rikshav Borah in...

China XD Advances $357-million biocomposites plant

In China, China XD Plastics Company Limited says it has formally signed a land-use agreement with the People’s Government of Shunqing District, Nanchong City,...

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Edible bowls: The new taco shell?

In South Africa, a startup has created edible bowls to reduce plastic waste. Munch Bowls, founded by Georgina de Kock in 2014, sells bowls made...

Two friends quit jobs, create leather alternative made from cactus

In Mexico, two entrepreneurs have developed a biodegradable, vegan leather from cactus, which they named Desserto. Friends Adrian Lopez Velarde and Marte Cazarez began...

Bioplastic is an “apeeling” solution to banana waste

In Queensland, researchers at the University of New South Wales have developed a process to convert banana waste into plastic. Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and...