FDA: Beware of Claims by Essential “Snake” Oil Makers

In the US, regulators are warning consumers to exercise caution when it comes to the therapeutic claims of essential oils given the lack of...

Cyanobacteria a Promising Alternative for Sunscreen

In Iran, researchers have evaluated cyanobacteria as potential natural source of ingredients for sunscreens and moisturizers. Not only would these materials be more sustainable to...

Dutch Students Design 300-Kilogram Car with Biobased Materials

In the Netherlands, Eindhoven University students have designed a four-seat electric car that weighs just 300 kilograms, thanks to a light-weight biobased composite material...

Pineapple-Based Cleaning Products Firm Plans Asia Expansion

In Thailand, pineapple-based household cleaning products maker Equator Pure Nature is looking to become a market leader in the Asean Economic Community and Greater...

Shrimp Shell Plastic Could Help Address Egypt’s Trash Problem

In the United Kingdom, University of Nottingham engineering professor Nicola Everitt is turning discarded shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic bags. Everitt is specifically targeting the...

Soybean-Based Graphene Could Solve Production Cost Hurdle

In Australia, researchers have developed a graphene-manufacturing method that will cut costs and help make the ultra-thin material commercially viable. Zhao Jun Han at the...

BioAmber Free of Corporate Debt

In Montreal, BioAmber has reimbursed its CDN$25 million loan ($19.3 million) with Bridging Finance, and, in the process, has eliminated its corporate debt. BioAmber has...

AkzoNobel, Itaconix Link in Biopolymers

In the Netherlands, AkzoNobel has partnered with US-based Itaconix on biobased polymers from itaconic acid. Under the terms of the deal, Itaconix will provide its...

Mexican Engineering Students Develop Oat-Based Plastic

In Mexico, two engineering students have developed a biodegradable polymer out of oat starch. Esbeydhy Oyuky Yescas and Marlen Hernández, both students at the Technological...

PLA’s Compostability Found Wanting

In New Zealand, researchers are challenging bioplastic producers’ claims of biodegradability. Massey University’s Zero-Waste Academy and local government officials tested 47 products labeled as biodegradable...

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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...