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...

Boeing, SpaceX race to be decided by microbial engineering: report

The race between Boeing and Elon Musk’s SpaceX to put the first human on Mars may not be decided by who can build the...

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...

3D-printed, biobased cabin available for rent

In Amsterdam, DUS Architects has unveiled a 3D-printed “urban cabin” built out of linseed oil-based plastic. The “cozy” 86-square foot building includes a small park...

Eco-friendly cleaning brand taps Braskem bioplastic for detergent bottles

Natural cleaning products brand Seventh Generation is using biobased polyethylene produced by Braskem in its 100-oz laundry detergent bottles. The bottles are now 80%...

Predictive modeling yields promising bioplastics catalyst

Combining predictive modeling and experimental lab work, researchers from IBM Research and Stanford University say they were able to design a catalyst that enables...

Compostable K-Cup replacement wins innovation award

A compostable alternative to the ubiquitous but wasteful single-serve coffee pods popularized by Keurig’s K-cup brand has won SPI’s 2016 Innovation in Bioplastics Award. Club...

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Clumsy consumers can still be eco-friendly with plant-based iPhone case

In California, mobile tech company Incipio launched a line of biobased iPhone cases at the landmark electronics show CES 2020. Dubbed Organicore, the cases...

Live Más (and green): Taco Bell considering fiber packaging

In California, late-night Mexican mainstay Taco Bell has released new sustainability commitments that include greener packaging options. Specifically, the company has pledged to make all...

Perdue to use biobased foam to package chicken

In Maryland, chicken giant Perdue Farms is beginning to use biodegradable, cornstarch-based foam for e-commerce shipments. Green Cell Foam, produced by Michigan’s KTM Industries,...