Cow-free leather exhibited at Manhattan’s MoMA

In New York City, a T-shirt made of animal-free leather is being displayed at the Museum of Modern Art. Biotechnology firm Modern Meadow used an...

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...

Biopolymer turns deserts fertile

In Mexico, a biopolymer that holds nutrient-filled water for months at a time may help make deserts arable. Developed by engineer Rafael Ríos Trejo of...

Malaysia taps rural farmers for rice straw packaging

In Malaysia, farmers from the Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan Pendang Selatan have agreed to supply 57,000 metric tons of rice straw from 12 estates to Free...

Micronesian banana leather maker introduces second product

In Micronesia, Green Banana Paper, a maker of banana fiber-based leather substitute, will be introducing its second product—a slimmer version of its original wallet....

Berkeley researchers get E. coli to produce fluorinated molecules

In California, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have coaxed Escherichia coli to use fluorinated building blocks to make new organofluorine target molecules. Led...

London locates second “fatberg”

In London, another giant ball of garbage—congealed together by decades worth of discarded fats and oils—has been found clogging the city’s sewer. The latest “fatberg”...

Trix is for kids—and kids want artificial colors

In Minnesota, cereal maker General Mills is bringing back the “classic” version of the kid’s cereal Trix  after a less-vibrant version made with natural...

Canada ticked off over unregulated tick repellent

In Canada, national public health regulator Health Canada is warning citizens to be wary of homemade, untested, and unlabeled tick repellents. Donald Bourgeois, Health Canada’s...

Plants, like people, pack on pounds with too much sugar

In New York, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered that plants, like people, accumulate fat when they retain sugars. In...

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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...

A greener red sportscar: Clariant launches biobased auto pigment

In Switzerland, Clariant has launched a biobased version of a pigment that is the auto industry’s most widely used in red exterior car coatings. Dubbed...

UK seaweed farm ramps up to produce bioplastic

In the UK, SeaGrown is building the country’s first seaweed farm in the coastal town of Scarborough. The seaweed will be used to produce...