Finnish design firm, VTT explore synbio possibilities with renewable headphones

In Finland, design studio Aivan is using six renewable materials to produce headphones. Dubbed Korvaa, which is derived from the Finnish word for “ear,”...

Futamura and Biome Bioplastics partner to create biodegradable, multilayer food packaging

In the United Kingdom, Futamura has partnered with Biome Bioplastics to evaluate biobased, compostable multilayer films for dry food packaging. The films combine Biome’s biodegradable...

Novamont adds bioplastics capacity

In Italy, Novamont has expanded capacity for its ORIGO-BI biopolyester from 120,000 tons per year to 150,000 tons. “Novamont's industrialization efforts over the last few...

Roquette taps Azelis for distribution pact

In France, plant-based ingredients company Roquette has appointed Azelis to distribute its products in the food and nutrition markets. Starting November 1st, the deal...

Entrepreneur wants to see biobased takeaway packaging become the norm

In South Africa, Catherine Morris has founded the country’s first compostable food packaging company. Green Home produces packaging for takeaway food, replacing single-use plastic waste....

U.K. kids’ snack startup differentiates with biobased packaging

In the United Kingdom, packaging firm Parkside has developed biobased packaging for Wallaroo snacks. The healthy snacks—available in pineapple, coconut, and mango—are made for kids....

UK company debuts biodegradable food packaging

In the United Kingdom, Jem Packaging has launched biodegradable food packaging, trade-named Just Earth Materials, after six years of development. The line includes water-resistant...

Fashion forward: Birla launches new cellulose-based fabric

In India, Birla Cellulose has added a new sustainable fabric to its cellulose-based fiber line. Dubbed Livaeco, the fabric uses cellulose sourced from certified forests,...

Produce company wants to turn fruit peels into bioplastic

In Canada, produce giant The Star Group of Companies is looking at turning peels and other wastes from its prepped produce unit, Sliced FC,...

Grass straws could help keep plastics out of oceans

In Vietnam, entrepreneur Tran Minh Tien is converting Lepironia articulate, a ubiquitous grass in the Mekong Delta, into biodegradable drinking straws. Tien founded Ong Hut...

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