UPM Biofuels receives Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certification for wood-based fuels

In Finland, UPM Biofuels received The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials certificate for BioVerno renewable diesel and naphtha, as well as production sidestreams turpentine and pitch....

Fish-based kicks quietly winning the eco-friendly sneaker game

In Paris, shoe brand Veja is pulling out all the stops to create sustainable sneakers. While major brands Nike and Reebok are focusing on...

London firm pioneers boat shoes from invasive algae

In London, an ecofriendly footwear firm is set to launch the “ultimate amphibious adventure shoes” made from invasive algae. Vivobarefoot and Bloom, a producer of...

Beneficial bacteria the next trend for skincare

Your skincare routine—from cleansers to anti-aging serums—could come with a healthy dose of friendly bacteria that supports your skin’s microbiome. Already a mainstay of gut...

High hopes for hemp in Australia

In Australia, expanding government acceptance and Chinese demand is giving hemp growers a boost, but infrastructure and new seed varieties are still required before...

Bee venom the bee’s knees for anti-aging products

In South Korea, Beesen Bio has signed a contract to supply anti-aging face masks based on bee venom. The two-year deal calls for 400,000...

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...

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Eyewear eyes green material alternatives

In the United Kingdom, Optometry Today has covered the growing trend of sustainable eyewear, including the increased use of materials based on renewable feedstocks. The...

All that glitters is not green: Swedes create renewable sequins

In Sweden, designers and materials scientists have teamed up to create biodegradable sequins from cellulose. Designer Elissa Brunato created the Bio Iridescent Sequin in collaboration...

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