Pineapple-waste fiber gains traction in shoe market

In the Philippines, Puma has created a prototype shoe using a textile produced from pineapple plant waste. The nonwoven material, called Piñatex, is made from...

Ford putting bioplastics in the driver’s seat

In Michigan, Ford Motor’s use of bioplastics in vehicles is set to grow despite technical hurdles and low oil prices. Debbie Mielewski Ford’s senior technical...

STEM In Schools Reach New Level with DNA Sequencing Brought to 7th Graders

In New York, 12 and 13 year olds get to try their hand at DNA sequencing during science class for the first time thanks...

Get Fired for Having Genetic Marker for High Blood Pressure, Diabetes or Cancer? It...

In Washington, DC, Congress is moving forward on a bill, HR 1313 or the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, which just passed in the...

Performance is more important than maximizing biobased content: ORNL

In Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory has prioritized performance over renewable content in its efforts to develop a thermoplastic based on lignin. ORNL originally...

United Airlines, UPS and others Join Below50 Sustainable Fuels Campaign

In Switzerland, World Business Council for Sustainable Development announced that five new companies have joined their sustainable fuel initiative called below50. The companies include...

New Stronger than Steel Biomaterial That Superman Would Approve Of Developed in Japan

In Japan, researchers combined hydrogels that had high levels of water with a glass fiber fabric to create a biomaterial that is stronger than...

Keep Those Crab and Shrimp Shells for Biomedical Purposes

In Portugal, researchers have now given us a reason to keep those crab and shrimp shells after consuming the deliciousness inside. Three researchers at...

Would You Like That in Plastic or Bioplastic? Braskem Providing Bakery with Biobased Packaging

In Sweden, Polarbröd, the country’s third largest bakery, decided to replace the usual oil based plastic films and packaging with the greener biobased bio-polyethylene...

Would You Ride on a Wooden Motorcycle that Runs on Algae Biofuel?

In the Netherlands, two friends developed a motorcycle built from wood that runs completely on algae based biofuel. Their goal was to look at...

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Plant reactions to anesthetics are similar to humans and animals

In the United Kingdom, A new study showed that plants react to anesthetics similarly to the way animals and humans do, suggesting plants are...

USDA offers state agencies greater control over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

In Washington, D.C., the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced increased cooperation with states in the operation of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to promote...

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In Washington, D.C., researchers developed a new imaging system designed to monitor the health of crops in the field or a greenhouse.  The new...