Seaweed an untapped resource for sustainable development challenges

In Malaysia, New Straits Times has published a comprehensive review of seaweed applications. NST contributor Oon Yeoh notes seaweed is a largely untapped resource...

Aalto University, VTT ink forest products pact

In Finland, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have signed a collaboration agreement to develop materials from renewable resources. The Academy...

Glow-in-the-dark trees eyed for street lighting

In Denmark, a startup named Allumen is looking to turn trees into street lights by inserting genes for bioluminescence. In theory, the trees could replace expensive...

Get boozy and be green: UK alcohol beverage company offering edible, flavored straws

In the United Kingdom, alcoholic beverage company Diageo is offering an innovative solution to the growing prevalence of plastic straw bans: edible, flavored straws...

Kombucha clothes could be next hipster trend

In Arizona, a designer is creating leather-like textiles from kombucha, a fermented tea beverage growing in popularity among trendy, health-conscious millennials. “This is an old thing,”...

Apple mush: The latest straw replacement material

In Germany, a Langenbernsdorf-based startup is producing straws made from apple pomace, a solid mush left over from the apple juice production process. Wisefood’s straws,...

Spit-activated, biobased batteries could improve humanitarian aid

In Binghampton, New York, researchers are have created paper-based, saliva-activated batteries that could help power medical tests and devices in remote or impoverished regions. The...

Celebrity-backed, sustainably packaged water brand lands in the UK

In the United Kingdom, Red Star Brands is adding Just Water—Jaden Smith’s sustainable water brand—to its portfolio of available products. Eighty-two percent of the Just...

Finnish cellulose fiber company raises cash for pilot plant

In Finland, textile fiber company Spinnova says it has raised additional funding to help it build a pilot factory. The company has developed a...

Idaho bioplastic company develops marine biodegradable biopolymer

In Idaho, BioLogiQ has develops a biodegradable bioplastic by blending polybutylene adipate terephthalate and NuPlastiQ GP. Testing by Eden Research Laboratory demonstrated that the material...

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Ecover’s new bottle rethinks ocean waste and plastic

In California, Ecover launched a new “Ecover Ocean Washing-Up Liquid Bottle” made from 50% plastic waste collected from the sea, waterways and shores of...

Light-regulating living biomaterial reacts to its environment

In Germany, researchers at the Leibniz Institute for New Materials developed a new “active nanocomposite” that is teeming with motion: small particles connect or...

New iLAB proposed to increase bioproduct materials

In Indonesia, the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) proposed the establishment of an integrated laboratory of bioproduct (iLAB) to increase economic value-added and create...