Munich researchers use algae to convert waste gas to carbon fiber

In Germany, researchers at the Technical University of Munich are using algae to convert waste gas from manufacturing facilities into carbon fiber. The algae convert...

NREL researchers announce biobased acrylonitrile progress

In Colorado, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratories have made headway in their efforts to produce acrylonitrile—a carbon fiber precursor—from corn. The lab has...

Biocomposites maker wins Canadian grant

In Canada, officials have announced an investment of $499,433 in Competitive Green Technologies, a company developing a nylon replacement made from biomass. The company, which...

Marrone takes home award for Best New Biological

In California, bioinsecticide maker Marrone Bio Innovations Inc.’s Venerate bioinsecticide has won the Best New Biological Product award by Agribusiness Intelligence. Venerate is based on...

Money down the toilet: Flushable pregnancy test startup announces funding

In Philadelphia, biodegradable pregnancy test startup Lia Diagnostics has raised $2.6 million in private funding. The company, which says its paper-based tests are flushable, did...

Architecture that cleans the air unveiled in Dublin

In London, design house ecoLogicStudio is piloting the use of photosynthetic microalgae to help de-carbonize cities. The company has developed an “urban curtain” of...

South Korean citrus protects skin from indoor pollution

In Switzerland, a cosmetics active ingredient extracted from the green citrus unshiu has won the Sustainable Beauty Award at the recent Sustainable Cosmetics Summit...

Celanese, International Paper win accolades for automotive console composite

In Dallas, the Society of Plastics Engineers in Automotive has awarded Celanese and International Paper their Environmental Award for Sustainable Materials in Automotive for...

Japanese researchers report biobased FDCA breakthrough

In Japan, researchers have developed a method to produce bioplastic precursor furan-2.5-dicarboxylic acid from plant cellulose at high yield. FDCA can be used to replace...

DuPont partners with Ellen MacArthur Foundation on circular economy

In Delaware, DuPont Biomaterials has joined an Ellen MacArthur Foundation's innovation program aimed at accelerating the transition to a circular economy. The Circular Economy initiative,...

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To the Bat-Bridge! Dutch bike path features biobased construction, bat-friendly design

In the Netherlands, a new, ecofriendly bike and pedestrian bridge is under construction using renewable material and has the unlikely design feature of being...

Pineapple waste takes flight as drone component

In Malaysia, researchers have designed a drone using fibers extracted from pineapple leaves. The project, led by Professor Mohamed Thariq Hameed Sultan at University...

From Fido to feet: Designer creates sneaker using dog hair

In Germany, sustainability-focused designer Emilie Burfeind has used renewable and waste materials—including dog hair—to create an eccentric sneaker that she hopes will appeal to...