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...

“Cyborg” bacteria grows its own solar panels, harnesses light better than chlorophyll

In California, researchers have developed “cyborg” bacteria that act like tiny solar panels and produce the industrially important chemical acetic acid. Using Moorella thermoacetica, University...

Ap-peeling fabrics: Micronesian company pioneers banana waste textiles

In Micronesia, Green Banana Paper is repurposing waste banana fiber to make textiles as an alternative to resource-intensive cotton and non-renewable fibers. Made from the...

Abattis launches cannabis-containing sunscreen

In Vancouver, Abattis Bioceuticals has launched a sunscreen formulation with cannabidiol. Dubbed RAYZ, the all-natural, 100% organic sunscreen was developed by Abattis’s majority owned subsidiary,...

WSU researchers report lignin-based carbon fiber breakthrough

In Washington, researchers have developed a new approach to turning lignin into carbon fiber suitable for automotive applications. In a presentation at the recent National...

Food delivery in India is about to get greener

In India, Yash Papers has partnered with food delivery firm Foodpanda for compostable packaging made from bagasse, a sugarcane waste. The product line—dubbed CHUK!— includes...

Tennessee natural dye startup bets on indigo

In Tennessee, Stony Creek Colors is working to improve the economics of producing the natural dye indigo in an effort to provide textile makers...

REACH an opportunity for producers of biobased products

In the Netherlands, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has published a study that makes several recommendations for companies...

DOE, DOD aim for take-off: The Digest’s 2017 Multi-Slide Guide to Biofuels in Defense...

In June 2011, the Secretaries of Agriculture, Energy, and Navy signed MOU to commit $510M (up to $170M from each agency) to produce hydrocarbon...

Millennials rejoice: New uses for avocado waste on the horizon

In Texas, a group of researchers at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley discovered a slew of useful compounds in avocado seed husks,...

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Pope weighs in on sustainability, calls for circular economy

In Vatican City, the Catholic Church has called for a transition to a circular economy, including the use of more biobased products. Pontifical Academy of...

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