Free vending machines to help homeless in England

In England, nonprofit charity Action Hunger is hoping to alleviate poverty and hunger for the homeless with its new vending machines that offer fresh...

Hybrid biomaterial to prolong hip replacements

In the Netherlands, TU Delft researchers created a hybrid meta-biomaterial that promotes bone growth using a 3D printer and existing biomaterials. The material may...

Fish leather, sealskins amount maritime fashion award winners

In Malta, Karen Sissal Kristiansen, founder of Faroe Island’s Shisa fashion brand, has won the Blue Fashion Challenge award for a jacket and handbag...

Double-digit growth expected for biobased biodegradable plastics

In the United Kingdom, a report by Future Market Insights predicts a double-digit CAGR during forecast period 2014-2020 for the global bio-based biodegradable plastics...

Life exists in North and South Poles, but we aren’t talking about Santa

In the United Kingdom, University of York researchers found microbes living in the icy north and south poles for the first time. It was...

Taiwan says “Just say no” to plastic bags in the new year

In Taiwan, the country’s Environmental Protection Administration expanded the plastic bag ban coming into effect on January 1st to further reduce waste. The ban...

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, what a nice fish habitat you have become

In California, used and unsold Christmas trees are being recycled by being thrown into lakes to create reefs and fish habitats in otherwise barren...

Danish startup eyes particleboard, looks for expansion

In Denmark, a start-up called POND has developed a process for replacing up to 95% of traditional resins with natural fibers such as flax,...

European bioeconomy a driver of growth and jobs

In Europe, the bioeconomy has grown to €2.2 trillion ($2.61 trillion) and employs 18.6 million people, but awareness of the sector’s importance is largely...

Spotlight on emerging bioplastics

In Chicago, Packaging World has assembled a comprehensive look at expanding uses of thermoplastic starch, polyhydroxyalkanoate, and polyethylene furanoate. Derived from potatoes, tapioca, corn, maize,...

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