Sukano, NatureWorks advance renewable drinking straws

In Switzerland, additive and color masterbatch firm Sukano has produced high-performance, compostable drinking straws using NatureWork’s Ingeo-brand polylactic acid bioplastic. Straws are currently produced from...

Dow-DuPont casualties join Delaware incubator

In Delaware, DuPont researchers laid off ahead of the company’s megamerger with Dow Chemical have formed Science, Technology & Research Institute of Delaware, a...

UAE researchers report desert algae discovery

In the United Arab Emirates, researchers have engineered a new microalgae that can grow in deserts, creating a production source for biofuels, biobased products,...

Metsä Fibre pulp and lignin projects receive EU funding

In Finland, Metsä Fibre projects in both pulp- and lignin-based fibers have received European Union funding to evaluate the products’ commercial viability. Metsä Fibre’s Biomotive...

Givaudan nabs Dutch extracts maker

In Switzerland, flavors and fragrances major Givaudan has closed the previously announced acquisition of Vika B.V., a Dutch manufacturer of natural dairy ingredients and...

British student develops fashion from discarded paper

In the United Kingdom, a Manchester School of Art student has developed a biodegradable, flexible fabric from discarded paper while studying for a Textiles...

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,...

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“Natural” ingredients class-action continues to haunt LaCroix

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“Infinite” hoodie, biodegradable tennis dress produced by stella mccartney

In New York, adidas and stella mccartney have successfully created a biodegradable tennis dress and a fully recyclable hoodie from old cotton—critical breakthroughs as...

Vancouver company launches “Plant Shoe”

In Vancouver, Native Shoes has introduced The Plant Shoe, a sneaker that is biodegradable, vegan, and can be composted. The launch is a step...