BMW to use BASF’s biobased corrosion-protection coatings

In Germany, BMW has become the first OEM to use partially renewable automotive coatings produced by chemicals giant BASF.  The BMW Group will use BASF...

German brand launches vegan mountain biking shoe

In Germany, outdoor brand Doghammer has claimed the world’s first 100% vegan mountain bike shoe. Dubbed Bike Graveler, the shoe includes alternative leather, canvas,...

“Horniculture” Society promotes safe senior sex with biodegradable, veggie-themed condoms

In the United Kingdom, a cheeky public relations campaign is promoting safe sex among the over 65s by launching veggie-themed condoms in garden centers.  The...

Michelin boosts renewable content of e-bike racing tires

In France, tire giant Michelin has launched tires for motorcycling racing that contain several biobased materials, including natural rubber, oil from orange and lemon...

Duke University to install biobased turf for field hockey

In North Carolina, Duke University will soon become the first collegiate field hockey program in the United States to use AstroTurf's Poligras Tokyo GT...

Former soccer star named CEO of biobased chemicals company

In Paris, GFBiochemicals has raised €15 million ($15.8 million) in a Series A funding round and named Mathieu Flamini, company cofounder and former professional...

Whiskey Business: Macallan uses cacao pod waste for packaging

In Scotland, famed whiskey distiller Macallan has launched a limited edition Fine Cacao whiskey that uses cacao pod waste for its packaging. The single-malt...

Nanollose Limited and von Holzhausen sign microbial cellulose materials pact

In Australia, biomaterials startup Nanollose Limited is collaborating with California leather alternative firm von Holzhausen. Under the terms of the agreement, Nanollose will provide...

Solvay declares biotech a key pillar of future growth

In Brussels, major chemical maker Solvay has declared renewable materials and biotechnology a major pillar of future growth. The company, which reported $10.6 billion...

New York biobased leather startup raises $1.7 million

In New York, startup Tomtex has raised $1.7 million in pre-seed funding to advance development and commercialization of leather-like materials from mushroom and seafood...

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