Perstorp rounds out polyols offering

In Sweden, Perstorp has launched renewable alternatives to trimethylolpropane and neopentyl glycol. Together with its existing biobased pentaerythritol, Perstorp says it is now the...

Canada calls shenanigans on compostable coffee pods

In Ontario, compostable coffee pods are ending up with regular trash because they don’t biodegrade quickly enough for current waste systems, and a  new...

Bad news: You may have eaten beaver butt secretions

United Kingdom tabloid The Sun recently published a roundup of common food ingredients with disconcerting origins, including beaver anal gland secretions and crushed beetles. According...

Turpentine plant sits idle amid wastewater kerfuffle

In Georgia, a new, $43-million turpentine plant built by France’s DRT remains idle as the company waits for a contract for the tens of...

Supermarket chain says corn starch shopping bags aren’t sustainable enough

In New Zealand, organic supermarket Commonsense is doing away with corn starch shopping bags in favor of “borrow” bags because the former requires the...

UK researchers print renewable solar panels onto wallpaper

In the United Kingdom, a team of researchers from Imperial College London’s department of chemical engineering have developed wallpaper that generates electricity and monitors...

Cellulose fiber expands into international fashion hubs

In New York, cellulosic fiber manufacturer Birla Cellulose is opening a design studio in Manhattan’s garment district to help boost sales of its Liva...

German researchers nab funding for three projects

In Germany, two biology professors affiliated with both Bielefeld University and the Center for Biotechnology have been granted a total of €4.8 million ($5.6...

Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Oxo-degradable plastics contribute to microplastics problem

In the United Kingdom, 150 organizations are calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging because it falls short of protecting marine life from...

Tesco launches plant-based cleaning products line

In the United Kingdom, retail giant Tesco is launching its own range of budget-friendly, plant-based cleaning products. The decision comes after the supermarket and...

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Plant reactions to anesthetics are similar to humans and animals

In the United Kingdom, A new study showed that plants react to anesthetics similarly to the way animals and humans do, suggesting plants are...

USDA offers state agencies greater control over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote...

New crop imager detects chlorophyll fluorescence for a true picture of crop health

In Washington, D.C., researchers developed a new imaging system designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or a greenhouse.  The new...