Scottish eyewear brand sees big market for hemp

In Scotland, 25-year-old designer Sam Whitten has launched Hemp Eyewear, a glasses brand using industrial-grade hemp imported from Eastern Europe. The hemp undergoes a compression-molding...

Grading possible LEGO replacement materials

In Boston, Lux Research analyst Gihan Hewage weighed in on bioplastics options LEGO could evaluate in its search for a sustainable alternative to acrylonitrile...

Squid genes may one day illuminate the City of Lights

In Paris, start-up Glowee is hoping to light up the world’s most romantic city with bacteria engineered to contain squid genes. Glowee founder Sandra...

Edible cutlery makes inroads at the dinner table

In India, a company that has made edible spoons from rice, millet, and wheat for six years is crowdfunding its first mass production plant. Bakey’s,...

Supermarket chain embraces renewable packaging

In New York, popular supermarket chain Wegman’s is taking steps to improve the sustainability of its packaging, including replacing paper and plastic materials with...

British coffee chains testing eucalyptus-based cups

In the United Kingdom, Biome Bioplastics says it has developed the first compostable and recyclable coffee cup and lid made from eucalyptus. The outer layer...

Eat your peas, then make a bioplastic flowerpot

In Italy, vegetable residue from legumes like peas, beans, and lentils are being transformed into bioplastics by LEGUVAL, a European Union-funded consortium of plastics...

Ashland acquires Pharmachem Laboratories for $660 million

In Kentucky, Ashland Global Holdings has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Pharmachem Laboratories, a producer of custom and branded nutritional and fragrance products...

Monaco cosmetics ingredient firm introduces natural photoprotective active

In Monaco, cosmetics actives maker Exysmol has launched a new photoprotective biomolecule that meets formulators’ needs for anti-aging, sun protection, and anti-pollution claims. Exysmol’s communication...

Skincare brands increasingly adopt probiotics

Bacteria—once shunned from skincare products—are increasingly welcome in facial creams, serums and cleansers thanks to new thinking that “friendly” probiotics help to increase the...

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Edible bowls: The new taco shell?

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In Queensland, researchers at the University of New South Wales have developed a process to convert banana waste into plastic. Associate Professor Jayashree Arcot and...