Japan’s eco-conscious consumers drive bioplastics adoption

In Japan, increasing consumer concern for the environment is driving demand for bioplastic bags and containers. Oriental Land Co., which operates Tokyo Disney Resort,...

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...

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New cigarettes good for the environment (but still bad for you)

In South Africa, Smokey Treats has launched an eco-friendly cigarette that replaces plastics with biodegradable materials. Founders Davide Scott and Adam van Wyngaarden say their...

Cardboard café opens in Bombay

In Bombay, a café made entirely from recycled cardboard has opened. Designed by architecture firm Nudes, the café aims to demonstrate the material’s versatility....

Startup embeds tree seeds in disposable coffee cups

In California, a startup has developed biodegradable coffee cups embedded with tree seeds. Reduce.Reuse.Grow was founded by CEO Alex Henige in an effort to connect...