Biobased solutions help solve waste issues in food-insecure regions

In Southeast Asia and Africa, several innovative renewable materials are being used to help prevent food waste and spoilage after harvest, a major cause...

Philippines project touts bamboo to reinvigorate typhoon-hit farms

In the Philippines, Bantayan Bamboo, a social initiative aimed at rebuilding the country’s farming community in the wake of Typhoon Yolanda, is advocating bamboo...

Sukano, NatureWorks advance renewable drinking straws

In Switzerland, additive and color masterbatch firm Sukano has produced high-performance, compostable drinking straws using NatureWork’s Ingeo-brand polylactic acid bioplastic. Straws are currently produced from...

Texas dissolvable cup maker looks for a dance partner

In Dallas, Lore Technology has introduced beverage cups made from corn protein that take mere hours to dissolve in hot water. The cups use...

DuPont boosts probiotics capacity with Rochester, NY fermentation plant

In New York, DuPont has opened a large-scale probiotics production unit. The Rochester plant, which will supply the dietary supplement and food and beverage...

Elon Musk surfboard with biobased epoxy sells out almost immediately

In California, limited edition surfboards designed by Elon Musk’s Tesla and Lost Surfboards sold out in a little over a day. The 200 surfboards ...

Hemp plant bringing much-needed jobs to Ohio town

In Ohio, a new, hemp-based building materials plant is expected to bring hundreds of jobs to economically depressed Glenville. North Coast Natural Solutions says it...

3D printed, biobased dwelling wins Mars habitat competition

In New York, a “multi-planetary architectural and technology design agency” has won NASA’s Mars Habitat Competition with a biobased, 3-D printed dwelling design. AI SpaceFactory...

Reebok targets corn-based kicks

In the United States, sneaker giant Reebok has launched an initiative to manufacture athletic footwear from natural materials such as organic cotton and rubber...

Used chewing gum finds new life in the UK

In the United Kingdom, design student-turned-entrepreneur Anna Bullus has founded Gumdrop, a company that turns used chewing gum into useful products. The Bullus-based company manufacturers...

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Dutch research envisions homes made from fungus

In The Netherlands, researchers at Utrecht University have submitted a paper detailing the potential for homes to be made out of fungus. The group evaluates...

Living, programmable robots raise ethics concerns

In Boston, researchers have created living, programmable organisms that could one day have widespread applications, including cleaning microplastics from the oceans. Dubbed xenobots by their...

Itaconix and Nouryon terminate chelates deal

In the United Kingdom, Itaconix and chemical giant Nouryon have mutually agreed to terminate an agreement in which Nouryon exclusively distributes Itaconix’s biobased chelating...