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In Iran, researchers have evaluated cyanobacteria as potential natural source of ingredients for sunscreens and moisturizers. Not only would these materials be more sustainable to...

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In the Netherlands, Eindhoven University students have designed a four-seat electric car that weighs just 300 kilograms, thanks to a light-weight biobased composite material...

Pineapple-Based Cleaning Products Firm Plans Asia Expansion

In Thailand, pineapple-based household cleaning products maker Equator Pure Nature is looking to become a market leader in the Asean Economic Community and Greater...

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...

Soybean-Based Graphene Could Solve Production Cost Hurdle

In Australia, researchers have developed a graphene-manufacturing method that will cut costs and help make the ultra-thin material commercially viable. Zhao Jun Han at the...

BioAmber Free of Corporate Debt

In Montreal, BioAmber has reimbursed its CDN$25 million loan ($19.3 million) with Bridging Finance, and, in the process, has eliminated its corporate debt. BioAmber has...

AkzoNobel, Itaconix Link in Biopolymers

In the Netherlands, AkzoNobel has partnered with US-based Itaconix on biobased polymers from itaconic acid. Under the terms of the deal, Itaconix will provide its...

Mexican Engineering Students Develop Oat-Based Plastic

In Mexico, two engineering students have developed a biodegradable polymer out of oat starch. Esbeydhy Oyuky Yescas and Marlen Hernández, both students at the Technological...

PLA’s Compostability Found Wanting

In New Zealand, researchers are challenging bioplastic producers’ claims of biodegradability. Massey University’s Zero-Waste Academy and local government officials tested 47 products labeled as biodegradable...

Going Bananas for Biogas

In Australia, Growcom is looking to turn waste bananas into biogas via on-farm anaerobic digesters. Growcom has validated its technology during projects with the Banana...

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