Canada invests in forest-fiber face masks

In Canada, the government has invested in producing biodegradable face mask filters to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, the...

Entrepreneur takes cue from ancient cave paintings

In Nova Scotia, an entrepeneur’s vacation led to a startup idea for 100% plant-based paints. “I was in a cave in France and looking at...

Brew can do it: UK company wants to expand uses for spent coffee grounds

In the United Kingdom, bio-bean Ltd. has launched a new material based on spent coffee grounds that it says could be used to replace...

Cellulose fibers are making a comeback as consumers ditch synthetics

In Tennessee, Eastman Chemical is seeing demand for its cellulose fibers increase as the fashion industry works to improve its sustainability profile and meet...

Japanese company begins making nanofibers from crab shells

In Japan,  Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. has begun producing chitin nanofiber and chitosan nanofiber for a wide range of applications at its Kawanishi...

Irish Researchers Look to Cut the Cost of Carbon Fiber Production

In Ireland, researchers at the University of Limerick are looking to cut the cost and carbon dioxide emissions associated with producing carbon fiber from...

Bota Bio raises $100 million in Series B

In San Francisco, industrial biotechnology startup Bota Bio has raised $100 million in an oversubscribed  Series B financing. Founded in 2019, Bota Bio has developed...

Leather alternative uses algae and food waste

In India, a leather alternative made from algae and food and fiber waste has won the runner-up James Dyson Award for India, having been...

Spiber raises $311 million to help fund Iowa plant

In Japan, protein fermentation firm Spiber has raised JPY 24.4 billion ($220 million) to help fund a previously announced production plant in Iowa. The financing...

Nivea to introduce biobased polypropylene packaging

In Germany, skincare brand Beiersdorf has started using biobased polypropylene jars for its popular Nivea face cream. The jars are made from tall oil,...

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Faux-fur fit for a king: ECOPEL urges Charles to ditch ermine coronation robes

In London, plant-based fur maker ECOPEL is urging King Charles to forgo animal-fur trim in his coronation robe in favor of a cruelty-free alternative....

Oatly offers Thanksgiving emotional support hotline for vegans

In New York, alternative dairy major Oatly has announced the “Oatly Emotional Support Hotline for Plant-Based Eaters Attending Traditional Meat and Dairy-based Thanksgiving Dinners.”...

UPSIDE secures FDA approval for cultivated chicken

In California, cultivated meat maker UPSIDE Foods has received a “No Questions” letter from the US FDA, which amounts to confirmation that UPSIDE’s cell-based...