Amyris targets 2018 for sweetener launch

In California, biobased farnesene producer Amyris has announced it expects to launch industrial production of a new sweetener in 2018. The low-calorie sweetener, dubbed No...

Dutch research institute to evaluate lignin for aromatics production

In Wisconsin, American Science and Technology will provide its Organosolv lignin to the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands to help accelerate the development...

Neste partners to produce diesel from May Day doughnut waste

In Finland, Neste will be using oil used in baking doughnuts for May Day to produce renewable diesel fuel. The oil will be donated...

Modular Genetics’ surfactants gain 100% biobased and palm-oil-free certifications

In Massachusetts, surfactants manufactured by Modular Genetics, Inc. have been certified as both 100% biobased and palm-oil free. Specifically, United States Department of Agriculture’s BioPreferred...

AkzoNobel announces finalists for Imagine Chemistry challenge

In the Netherlands, AkzoNobel has announced the 20 finalists for its Imagine Chemistry Initiative, which aims to identify sustainability solutions to the company’s chemistry...

Global Bioenergies hits isobutene milestone at Leuna plant

In Germany, Global Bioenergies has produced biobased isobutene at the scale of its 5,000-liter fermentation plant at Leuna—less than five months after the unit...

Ford adds bamboo to lengthy list of renewable materials under evaluation

In China, researchers at Ford Motor Company’s Nanjing Research and Engineering Centre are looking at bamboo as a potential material for automotive components. The company...

Natural extracts showdown: Arjuna planning patent infringement suits

In India, Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd is considering patent infringement charges against several United States companies for using turmeric essential oils and turmerones in...

Scottish eyewear brand sees big market for hemp

In Scotland, 25-year-old designer Sam Whitten has launched Hemp Eyewear, a glasses brand using industrial-grade hemp imported from Eastern Europe. The hemp undergoes a compression-molding...

Grading possible LEGO replacement materials

In Boston, Lux Research analyst Gihan Hewage weighed in on bioplastics options LEGO could evaluate in its search for a sustainable alternative to acrylonitrile...

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