Ashland acquires Pharmachem Laboratories for $660 million

In Kentucky, Ashland Global Holdings has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pharmachem Laboratories, a producer of custom and branded nutritional and fragrance products...

Monaco cosmetics ingredient firm introduces natural photoprotective active

In Monaco, cosmetics actives maker Exysmol has launched a new photoprotective biomolecule that meets formulators’ needs for anti-aging, sun protection, and anti-pollution claims. Exysmol’s communication...

Skincare brands increasingly adopt probiotics

Bacteria—once shunned from skincare products—are increasingly welcome in facial creams, serums and cleansers thanks to new thinking that “friendly” probiotics help to increase the...

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...

Toyota owners smell a rat, sue over rodent damage to soy-based wires

In California, Toyota owners have filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota over claims the car company’s soy-based wire insulation is being chewed by...

Kiwi company makes food packaging from wheat

In New Zealand, Innocent Packaging is producing food packaging made from wheat waste in an effort to make the country’s burgeoning food delivery services...

Edible, gelatinous blob aims to be the new plastic bottle

In London, start-up Skipping Rocks Lab has developed a gelatinous, edible, and tasteless packaging from calcium chloride and brown algae extract that it says...

Italian report finds many biobased building materials are seismically favorable

In Italy, environmental organization Legambiente is advocating the use of biobased materials in future construction as a way of improving the safety of structures...

College student creates packaging material from seagrass

In London, Royal College of Art student Felix Pöttinger has developed a biodegradable packaging material made from seagrass. The seagrass, which washes up on beaches,...

USDA scientists mix starch with PVOH, create better-performing films

In Illinois, US Department of Agriculture researchers have developed a starch-based coating that, when blended with polyvinyl alcohol, creates a film with improved biodegradability,...

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