Bucha Bio raises $1.1-million for kombucha-waste leather

In Texas, a startup developing vegan leather from kombucha waste has closed a $1.1-million seed funding.  Bucha Bio will use the funds to support development...

Natural Fiber Welding adds New Balance and Allbirds to sustainable footwear collective

In Illinois, a producer of vegan leather made from agricultural waste has added multiple brands to its Footwear Collective for promoting the use of...

Coffee balls take the wasteful pods out of your morning routine

In Switzerland, supermarket chain Migros has introduced the world’s first capsule-less coffee system for coffee pod machines. Dubbed CoffeeB, the convenient and eco-friendly alternative...

Never be latte again with coffee-waste watch

In Berlin, watchmaker Lilienthal Berlin has designed a watch made from used coffee grounds that it claims retains that invigorating smell for quick aromatherapy...

Pulling mussels: French startup converts bivalve waste into textiles

In France, a startup is converting mussel byssus—the threadlike extensions mussels use to adhere to rocks—into textile fibers.  Founded just 13 months ago by Robin...

Allbirds introduces sneaker using Natural Fiber Welding material

In San Francisco, renewable footwear pioneer Allbirds has expanded its material slate into rice hulls and citrus peels with a new sneaker called Plant...

Modern Meadow’s Bio-Alloy shortlisted for three design awards

In New Jersey, biobased materials firm Modern Meadow has been named a finalist in three categories of Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards.  The company’s...

Students gain accolade for biobased post-mastectomy bra

In the Philippines, a pair of engineering students have won a James Dyson award for a post-mastectomy bra that biodegrades when composted.  The bra is...

Finland’s Fluff Stuff replaces down stuffing with cattails

In Finland, students at Aalto University have created a textile filling dubbed Fluff Stuff that is made from typha latifolia. Commonly known as broadleaf...

Biobased charging cables? Watt a good idea!   

In Washington, a major manufacturer of mobile charging tools has introduced USB-C charging cables incorporating biobased materials.  Dubbed Anker Eco Product, the outer sheath is...

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Calyxt Exploring Strategic Alternatives

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