Boots on the ground: Japanese brand makes shoe out of coffee waste

In Japan, footwear brand CCILU has unveiled a new boot made out of used coffee grounds. Dubbed XpreSole Panto, the boot’s outsole is made...

Cardboard bed frames promise Olympians a good night’s sleep ahead of their events  

In Tokyo, the much-anticipated—and COVID-disrupted—Olympic Games will soon get underway, with athletes sleeping off their exertions in beds made from recycled cardboard.   Airwearve, a Japanese...

Dissolvable towers could help speed forest recovery after fires

In Italy, architect Alberto Roncelli has proposed an innovative solution to jump-starting forest regeneration after forest fires. Dubbed Regenera, the 80-meter-tall building is actually...

Namaste news: Women in India are turning invasive plant into yoga mats

In India, six women from a fishing community are collecting water hyacinth, an invasive plant species, from Deepor Beel Lake and turning them into...

Biocement looks to solve infrastructure’s massive carbon problem

In North Carolina, startup Biomason is making tiles and bricks out of bacteria to provide an alternative to cement, which is responsible for large...

Blood enzyme could hold key for self-healing concrete

In Massachusetts, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have developed a promising technology for self-repairing concrete. The breakthrough could help cut down on the enormous amount...

3D-printed algae may solve Mars’ voyage air and energy challenge

In the Netherlands, a project led by Delft University of Technology has successfully printed photosynthetic biological material—a breakthrough that could one day help create...

Fun guys on Mars: Mycelium eyed for astronaut houses

In California, a researcher at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California has received additional funding from the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts to evaluate the...

Vietnamese company develops plastic made from used coffee grounds

In Vietnam, AirXcoffee has developed a plastic using used coffee grounds that can be used in disposable tableware and other items currently made from...

Cornflake waste eyed as future packaging material

In Germany, researchers at Göttingen University have developed a packaging material out of the popcorn-like material left over from manufacturing the corn flakes popular...

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Soybean golf balls are tee-rific idea

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Good chemis-tree: Florida researchers develop sap plastic

In Florida, researchers have developed a plastic from pine sap after overcoming a key conversion challenge.   Justin Kennemur, an Associate Professor of Chemistry and...

Wind turbine wood repurposed for aquatic sports

In Germany, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute have developed a buoyant wood foam from balsa salvaged from out-of-commission wind turbines that can be used...