Athleisure Gets a Green Makeover

In Australia, fashion brand Breddy’s has received an award from sports industry group ISPO for its biobased “athleisure” pants. Made from yarn derived from castor...

MIT Spin-Out Reports Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

In Cambridge, MIT spin-out Manus Bio is using multivariate modular metabolic engineering to design microbial pathways that produce larger volumes of commercially interesting compounds. MMME...

Mommy Bloggers Rejoice! Startup Turns Corn Starch into Diapers

In North Carolina, startup Tethis has developed a biodegradable polymer from corn starch that is generating interest from diaper manufacturers looking for greener alternatives. Scott...

FDA: Beware of Claims by Essential “Snake” Oil Makers

In the US, regulators are warning consumers to exercise caution when it comes to the therapeutic claims of essential oils given the lack of...

Cyanobacteria a Promising Alternative for Sunscreen

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...

Dutch Students Design 300-Kilogram Car with Biobased Materials

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...

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