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...

Europe’s “Project Effective” seeks to decouple nylon from oil

In Europe, a consortium is looking to increase the availability and use of recyclable biobased nylon. Dubbed Project Effective, members include nylon fiber maker Aquafil...

Avantium set to open pilot biorefinery

In the Netherlands, Avantium is on track to open a pilot biorefinery at Delfzijl in August. The pilot plant will convert plant-based feedstocks into...

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...

Borregaard opens Florida lignin plant

In Florida, Ligno Tech Florida has started up a 100,000 metric tons per year lignin production plant at Fernandina Beach. The €95 million ($110...

Amyris closes $36-million loan

In California, Amyris has closed on a $36 million term loan with Great American Capital Partners, LLC Cash from the term loan will be used...

Bacteria is the next trend in home décor and sustainable living

In New York, presenters at the 2018 Biodesign Challenge Summit showcased a number of bacteria-based technologies that enhance design and functionality of home décor. Students...

Vegan leather startup gets nod from WEF

In New Jersey, vegan leather maker Modern Meadow has been included in The World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers for 2018 list. The WEF’s list recognizes...

Chinese scientists produce moisture-resistant cellulose nanopaper

In China, researchers at Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology have converted tobacco stalks into cellulose nanopaper with improved tensile strength and water...

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...

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