New, cheaper route to P3HB identified

In Colorado, chemists at Colorado State University have chemically synthesized bacterial poly(3-hydroxybutyrate) from biobased succinate—a route that could be cheaper than fermentation-based synthesis of...

That’s the pits: Mexican company makes straws from avocado seeds

In Mexico, Biofase is making straws out of avocado pits—a concept poised to gain ground as plastic straw bans proliferate globally. Based in Michoacán, Biofase...

Cali company launches compostable coffee cups

In California, World Centric is producing compostable coffee cups from sugarcane fiber, a byproduct of the sugarcane extraction process. Coffee cups have been a particularly...

Fashion student turns heads with kombucha-based dress

In Scotland, a fashion student has used fermented kombucha tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast to produce clothing. Aurelie Fanton, 23, studies at Edinburgh College of...

Textiles maker uses coffee grounds, castor beans

In Taiwan, sustainable fabric maker Singtex is using organic materials to produce biobased textiles. The Biotec series includes materials made out of coffee grounds and...

P&G hair-care megabrand taps expertise of UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens

In Cincinnati, Procter & Gamble brand Herbal Essences has partnered with United Kingdom’s Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew) to incorporate botanical science into its shampoos...

Textile recycling process gives used garments a second life

In Austria, fashion label Sabinna and the Wearable technologists Engage with Artists for Responsible innovation (WEAR) project have developed a process to turn used...

Essential oils evaluated for diesel blend stock

In Australia, researchers are using waste oil from oranges, tea trees, and eucalyptus as a diesel blend stock with comparable performance to all-diesel fuel. Queensland...

Cali seeks new uses for almond waste amid nut boom

In California, the Almond Board of California is looking for new applications for the 4.3 billion pounds of almond waste hulls grown annually in...

Bee nesting material creates buzz for Kiwi bioplastic startup

In New Zealand, a biotech startup is looking at how to harness the properties of bees’ nesting material to produce a superior bioplastic film,...

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Starbucks and McDonald’s partner up to find the perfect biobased cup

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