Succinic acid shown to plump up baby pigs

In Canada, biobased succinic BioAmber says a joint commercial trial with an unnamed North American feed formulator has found that BioAmber’s BIO-SA is an...

Soy-based chemicals set to grow, but feedstock volatility remains a concern

In London, market research firm Technavio is forecasting 8% compound annual growth for soy-based chemicals through 2022. Demand drivers include biofuels, in agriculture-based economies...

Daio Paper opens cellulose nanofiber pilot plant

In Japan, Daio Paper has started producing cellulose nanofibers at a 10 metric tons/year pilot plant at Shikoku-Chuo City. The company hopes to eventually...

Biobased kicks company has successful run on Kickstarter

In New Zealand, a startup making shoes from natural materials has raised $120,000 in just 4 days on Kickstarter. Allbirds set out to raise just...

Natural toothpaste launches with offbeat flavor options

In Oregon, Schmidt’s Naturals is targeting millennials with a newly launched line of toothpastes that include ingredients such as superfood extracts, vitamins, magnolia bark,...

Glitter destined for ecofriendly makeover

In the United Kingdom, glitter might go the way of microbeads because of environmental concerns, ushering in new opportunities for biobased replacements like mica...

NREL eyes renewable acrylonitrile for cheaper carbon fiber

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are exploring low-cost, plant-based routes to carbon fiber—a strong, lightweight but pricey material whose use...

Bast fiber-based biocomposites set to grow

In the United Kingdom, market research firm IDTechEx says beneficial properties, competitive cost, legislative drivers, and consumer preferences are driving increasing demand for natural...

Wisconsin researchers report bioplastic precursor breakthrough

In Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering James Dumesic and his team report a high-yield, economical route to furan dicarboxylic...

Welsh University wins EU funding for biotech center

In Wales, Bangor University has received £5 million ($7.0 million) in funding from the European Union to establish the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology. The funding...

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Corbion to build new PLA plant, exit FDCA

In the Netherlands, food ingredients and biobased products major Corbion disclosed its 2020-2025 strategy, which includes increasing investments in natural food preservation and lactic...

Sweetgreens upgrades compostable bowls after PFAS revelation

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Service allows parents to mail back dirty diapers for composting

In Arizona, a compostable diaper company has launched a subscription service to send clean diapers to parents and receive return shipments of the used...