Bacteria-powered flaps could make your next jog less sweaty

In Boston, MIT researchers have developed active wear that automatically opens flaps in the fabric when heat and sweat are present. The breakthrough comes from...

Hexion invests in biobased resins lab

In Canada, Hexion has announced plans to expand its forest products technology center at Edmonton, Alberta. Research at the facility will focus on phenolic resin...

Amyris exceeds debt-reduction goals

In California, Amyris has retired $86 million in debt—exceeding its previous goal of $75 million. The original debt-reduction goal was announced on May 8, 2017...

South Korean consumers push for natural products amid toxic scandal

In South Korea, demand for eco-friendly and biobased products is growing after a lung disease outbreak linked to chemical  polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG) killed hundreds. Reckitt...

Ants away! California researchers develop seaweed-based ant bait

In California, scientists at the University of California at Riverside have developed an ant bait made out of seaweed. The hydrogel baits reduced populations of...

Japan leading commercial applications of cellulose nanofibers

In Japan, cellulose nanofiber is increasingly being used in consumer goods, including disposable diapers, pens, speakers and toilet cleaners. Paper manufacturing firm Daio Paper Corp.,...

Yeast maker expands in Singapore

In Singapore, French yeast producer Lesaffre has opened its new SGD4-million ($2.9-million) technology center. The site consolidates Lesaffre’s Asia Pacific operations in baking, food taste,...

Sea sponge bacteria found to produce flame retardant

In California, researchers at the University of California-San Diego have discovered a bacteria on sea sponges that produces compounds close in composition to synthetic...

Patagonia taps silkworm poop, beetles, and pomegranate rinds for textile dyes

In California, high-end outdoor clothing giant Patagonia is working with Swiss textile chemicals firm Archroma to introduce renewable dyes to its new collection of...

Gwyneth Paltrow beauty brand in hot water over all-natural claims

In New York, a beauty product range run by actress-turned-lifestyle-guru Gwyneth Paltrow has been found to contain synthetic chemicals despite its all-natural brand positioning. A...

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PETA urges Levi’s to switch to vegan leather

In Virginia, the People for the Ethical Treatment for Animals has called on the popular fashion brand Levi’s to replace the leather patch on...

Swede’s doctoral thesis features bioplastic from apple and orange waste

In Sweden, Veronika Bátori has developed a bioplastic using apple and orange waste as part of her doctoral thesis for Western Swedish University. Her work...

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In Nagpur, India, chemical engineer Poonam Dixit has launched EnsaBio, a bioplastic made from vegetable starch and other renewable materials that can be used...