International team converts biomass to furfural and five-carbon sugars

In Australia, researchers from the University of Wollongong, together with scientists from India and Bangladesh, have developed a cheap method for converting agricultural waste...

Science Roadshow gets kids excited about bioproducts

In Wyoming, a “Science Roadshow” organized by University of Wyoming students is working to raise interest in science careers among the state’s grade school,...

Natural hand sanitizer lands on Australian shelves

In Australia, botanical antimicrobial hand sanitizer firm Elyptol Australia Pty. Ltd. has added Chemist Warehouse to its global retail network. "Consumers are now far more...

Seaweed-based straw launches kickstarter in bid to address ocean’s plastics crisis

In Manhattan, edible dinnerware startup Loliware has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the rollout of a drinking straw made from seaweed. Dubbed Lolistraw, the...

DEINOVE advances first ingredient to commercial launch

In France, industrial biotechnology firm DEINOVE is set to commence production of its first carotenoid for cosmetics and nutrition applications. DEINOVE’s fermentation platform has...

Sea fungus is an untapped source for skin benefits 

In India, scientists at the TERI-Deakin Nano Biotechnology Centre in New Delhi are compiling data on the potential cosmeceutical applications of marine fungi. “Improvements in...

L’Oréal set to launch 100% plant-based hair dyes

In France, hair-care heavyweight L’Oréal plans to launch a new professional-use color line made from 100% plant-based sources. Dubbed Botena, the launch uses botanical dyes...

Last-minute gift ideas for your eco-conscious friends

In New York, Huffington Post has compiled a list of environmentally friendly gifts for the green consumer on your holiday shopping list. Products made from...

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...

Half-pipe hero doubles down on sustainability

In Vermont, ubiquitous snowboard maker Burton has announced 2020 sustainable product goals that expand on its already strong record. The company, which uses biobased resins...

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