Algae-based fabric designer envisions consumers one day watering their clothes

In Canada, a designer has partnered with researchers at the University of British Columbia to create an air-purifying, algae-based fabric. Dubbed Biogarmentry, the living...

German company develops compostable material from brewery waste

In Germany, Trebodur has developed a biodegradable packaging material from brewery waste. Specifically, creators Niko and Tillmann found that brewers’ spent grains—the residue left over...

Indians urged to ditch plastic and use leaves as plates

In India, Finance Minister T Harish Rao urged citizens to switch from plastic plates to biodegradable alternatives made from Areca palm. Speaking at the inauguration...

Swiss firm launches biobased coatings for paper food packaging

In Switzerland, industrial minerals company Omya has launched biobased barrier coatings for paper and board food packaging. The portfolio includes Extomine Barrier Coatings, which are...

(Don’t) hit the road: Biobased fabric used to protect Tour de France cyclists

German cycling squad Team Sunweb will be donning protective, biobased jerseys at the upcoming Tour de France. The jersey fabric—trade named Dyneema—is made from...

Biodegradable COVID test addresses pandemic waste concerns

In Mexico, student Fernando Sánchez has designed a biodegradable test for COVID-19 antibodies as his final-year project at Tecnológico de Monterrey. “Each test is made...

Free of charge: Researchers recycle old batteries using orange peels

In Singapore and China, researchers are using fruit peel waste to recycle old lithium batteries. The method involves using orange peels to recover precious...

Indian startup converts temple flower waste into vegan leather

In Kanpur, India, a “flowercycling” startup has raised Rs 10+ crore ($120,000) to convert flower waste from the region’s temples into vegan leather. The company,...

Fashion is fleeting: Student designs dress that biodegrades in a day

In London, a fashion graduate has designed a shape-shifting, biodegradable dress using algae extract and waste from the silk industry. Scarlett Yang, who recently graduated...

Chr. Hansen doubles down on microbial and fermentation platforms

In Denmark, food ingredients firm Chr. Hansen has announced a 2025 strategy that includes becoming a “differentiated bioscience leader” with a focus on its...

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In Australia, researchers have found that Gen-Z is wary of lab-grown meat despite reporting concerns for personal health, the environment, and animal welfare. Usually defined...