Urine space: Yeast turns astronaut pee into useful materials

In South Carolina, Clemson University professor Mark Blenner has demonstrated that untreated urine can fulfill the nitrogen needs of the omega-3 fatty acid-producing yeast...

Danish researchers look to harness bioluminescent algae to light cities

In Denmark, two researchers at the Technical University of Denmark are working to understand algae’s bioluminescent pathway with the hopes of using the material...

Tiny, edible sensor poised to improve food safety

In Switzerland, a team of researchers have developed a sensor made out of nontoxic, edible materials that monitors the temperature of food products during...

Icelandic designer creates meat packaging from animal hides

In Iceland, designer Valdís Steinarsdóttir will introduce her latest piece—a plastic-like material to package meat made from that individual animal’s hide—at the upcoming DesignMarch...

Find your plastic-free beach: Corona to trial plant-based beer can ring

In Mexico, ubiquitous summer beer Corona has announced it will test biodegradable, plant-based beer rings early next year. AB InBev, owner of Corona, says the...

Chilean designer creates algae-based bioplastic

In Chile, designer Margarita Talep has developed a single-use plastic from algae and dyes extracted from blueberries, purple cabbage, beetroot, and carrot. Talep boils red...

L’Oreal launches Seed Phytonutrients line of personal care products

In the United States, L'Oréal is launching Seed Phytonutrients, a beauty brand using natural ingredients, many of which extracted from seeds. The brand uses heirloom...

Polish company develops energy bars for bees

In Poland, Saatchi & Saatchi IS Warsaw has created paper that acts like an energy bar for bees—fortifying the vital workers and, hopefully, reducing...

Greenfield Global opens Florida warehouse

In Florida, Greenfield Global subsidiary Pharmco has opened a 265,000 square foot warehouse in Ocala to expand distribution for its biobased specialty alcohols and...

UK farm magazine swaps plastic for potato-plastic in its postage

In the United Kingdom, a farming magazine will use potato waste to produce postal sleeves. The magazine wrap for British Farmer & Grower, a publication...

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Clumsy consumers can still be eco-friendly with plant-based iPhone case

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