Meeting puts spotlight on production challenges

In France, the first-ever BIOeconomy’s Key Enabling Technologies conference drew 300 bioeconomy experts to discuss the scale-up challenges to the production of biobased products. The...

Supermarket in hot water over picnic ware biodegradability claims

In Australia, popular supermarket chain Woolworths is defending itself against a lawsuit brought by consumer watchdogs over allegedly misleading claims that its picnic ware...

Owner of rodent-damaged car proves necessity is the mother of invention

In Granite Falls, Washington, one car owner has invented a special barrier to keep mice from munching on the soy-based components of his 1991...

Shellfish-based packaging set to hit Scotland’s beer coolers

In Scotland, CuanTec says it is close to launching biodegradable beer packaging made from chitin, a material extracted from lobster shells and discarded by...

Cheaper, synthetic furniture is a fire hazard

In Arkansas, firefighters report newer, synthetic furniture burns much faster than older furniture produced from natural materials like hardwood and cotton. A video on Arkansas...

Japan’s Sun Chlorella sees demand growth for algae-based products, opens Chlorella cafe

In Japan, algae-based cosmetics ingredients maker Sun Chlorella is reporting strong sales growth on the back of consumer demand for natural products. In an interview...

Middle East taps Scandinavia for biobased food packaging

In Denmark, biobased packaging company Field Advice is looking to expand into the Mideast market. The company signed a memorandum of agreement with Dubai’s Alpha...

Chilean company develops seed-based, flame-resistant insulation

In Chile, a company called Rootman has created wall insulation made from 100% biobased materials that also resists fire up to one hour. Dubbed Radicular...

Austrian researchers target biocatalysts from cyanobacteria

In Austria, researchers at the University of Graz’s Institute of Chemistry are using enzymes and cyanobacteria to create biocatalysts. The project, dubbed PhotoBioCat, is...

EU targets straw ban, but price hurdles remain

In the European Union, a number of plastic straw bans are poised to boost demand for plant-based solutions, although the high price of renewable...

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