Sao Paulo police to be issued biobased bullet-proof vests

In Brazil, bullet-proof vests that protect both the wearer and the environment will soon be available. Royal DSM, producer of Dyneema UD ultra-high molecular...

Vegan leather maker raises $130 million, brings fashion veteran on as CEO

In New Jersey, Modern Meadow, a startup developing biofabricated materials with properties similar to leather, has raised $130 million in a series C funding.  Led...

French sneaker brand crowdfunds 100% biobased shoe

In France, lifestyle sneaker brand Umòja Shoes has unveiled a 100% biobased and biodegradable sneaker.   Dubbed MMEA—Swahili for plant—the shoe uses many materials and...

Fruit peels used to make dissolvable tote bags

In Germany, two design students have made see-through shopping totes that can be dissolved in water or used as fertilizer once the consumer is...

Singapore design firm creates edible takeout container

In Singapore, design firm Forest & Whale has created single-use takeout packaging made from wheat husk and polyhydroxyalkanoate, a bioplastic made by bacteria. Dubbed...

Algae-based tennis racket serve up sustainability

In Chicago, tennis giant Wilson has manufactured 422 rackets incorporating algae-based plastic and solvent-free coatings. Called the Naked series, each racket is priced at $499....

Vans exploring biobased alternatives for its classic sneakers

In California, classic skater sneaker brand Vans has committed to making 100% of its core materials regenerative, responsibly sourced, renewable or recycled by 2030.  The...

Syn bio firm raises half a billion in IPO

In California, synthetic biology firm Zymergen has raised $500 million in an initial public offering. Shares began trading Thursday on Nasdaq under the ticker...

Help the earth, twice: Polish startup introduces biodegradable hot cups with embedded tree seeds

In Poland, a Poznan-based startup has launched biodegradable coffee and tea cups that also contain tree seeds.  The company, dubbed Picup, says its cups are...

Development group to invest a cool billion to support North America’s bioeconomy expansion

In North America, a coalition of biobased investors and capital market participants has announced it will deploy $1 billion in capital to support infrastructure...

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