AVA-CO2 spins out 5-HMF firm

In Switzerland, AVA-CO2 Schweiz AG has created a new subsidiary to take over its biobased 5-hydroxymethylfurfural activities, effective immediately. AVALON Industries will handle application...

Algae-based ketchup packets debut in UK

In the United Kingdom, a consortium is trialing the use of seaweed sachets for fast food condiments. The Fat Pizza, a Southend eatery, and Just...

Scale and rust remover gets BioPrefferred certification

In Minnesota, corrosion protection company Cortec says its EcoClean Biodegradable Scale and Rust Remover has been certified 100% biobased by the US Department of...

Shrimp Shell Plastic Could Help Address Egypt’s Trash Problem

In the United Kingdom, University of Nottingham engineering professor Nicola Everitt is turning discarded shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic bags. Everitt is specifically targeting the...

Vietnamese students create cassava flour-based bioplastic

In Vietnam, two students have developed a plastic bag replacement from cassava flour. Nguyen Cam Binh Minh and Nguyen Cam Kieu Khanh, students at...

Mommy Bloggers Rejoice! Startup Turns Corn Starch into Diapers

In North Carolina, startup Tethis has developed a biodegradable polymer from corn starch that is generating interest from diaper manufacturers looking for greener alternatives. Scott...

Munich researchers use algae to convert waste gas to carbon fiber

In Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Munich are using algae to convert waste gas from manufacturing facilities into carbon fiber. The algae convert...

New bioplastic increases PLA toughness, opens new applications

In the United Kingdom, Florean has developed a bioplastic that, when added to polylactic acid, reduces the bioplastic’s brittleness and increases its toughness by...

Tofu Waste-to-Leather “Collective” to Offer Process Technology for Free

In Indonesia, a science "collective" is converting liquid waste from tofu production into an animal leather replacement with the intention of sharing the process...

Japanese Paper Company to Build Cellulose Nanofiber Plant Using Bamboo

In Japan, Chuetsu Pulp & Paper Co. is planning commercial production of cellulose nanofiber from bamboo at its Sendai, Stasuma-Sendai, Kagoshima Prefecture facility. The...

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