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The Straw Man: Looking critically at claims about EV emissions

The Straw Man: Looking critically at claims about EV emissions

April 7, 2020 |

A completely interesting example of what is known as the Straw Man fallacy appeared in coverage of a study that appears in this month’s Nature Sustainability, on electric vehicle emissions. The lead author of the study, University of Nijmegen’s Dr Florian Knobloch told the BBC: “The idea that electric vehicles could increase emissions is a […]

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UFOP questions straw’s feedstock potential for “advanced” biofuels

UFOP questions straw’s feedstock potential for “advanced” biofuels

February 23, 2020 |

In Germany, UFOP reports that straw is a scarce commodity and not waste, making it a sought-after resource, but that the use of grain straw for biofuels production should take a back seat. UFOP questioned the current political preference in Germany given to biofuels from residues wherever grain straw is involved as the feedstock source. […]

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Taco Bell and Perdue biopackaging, iPhone plant-based case, castor straws, cabbage lamps, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 17th

Taco Bell and Perdue biopackaging, iPhone plant-based case, castor straws, cabbage lamps, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 17th

January 16, 2020 |

Kermit the Frog said “It’s not easy being green,” but these innovations might just change that and make it easier than ever to support a biobased economy. From a 100% compostable plant-based iPhone case, to Taco Bell’s look at fiber packaging and Perdue’s new biodegradable cornstarch-based foam, and cabbage leaves lampshades it’s easier than ever […]

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Packing peanuts from sunflower stem pith, biobased packaging tape, wheat-based ‘turtle straws’, bioluminescent glow sticks, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 9th

Packing peanuts from sunflower stem pith, biobased packaging tape, wheat-based ‘turtle straws’, bioluminescent glow sticks, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of January 9th

January 8, 2020 |

As you clean up the post-holiday mess, you might find those annoying packaging peanuts all over your home or office…but three teens have developed an alternative to packing peanuts made from sunflower stem pith! And while we are talking about packaging, a German-based adhesives maker introduced biobased packaging tape. And with the darkness of winter, […]

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Wheat-based “Turtle Straws” hit 2 million in sales 

Wheat-based “Turtle Straws” hit 2 million in sales 

January 7, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, entrepreneur Alex Bruce has sold 2 million of his biodegradable Turtle Straws just a year after launching the wheat-based alternative to plastic. The University of Sussex graduate founded Turtle Straws to help address the plastics waste crisis. The straws are made from wheat stem, which, unlike paper straw alternatives, do not become […]

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Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

Pakistan government seeks to ban wheat straw as fuel

December 29, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Express Tribune reports that the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recommended that provincial governments should ban the burning of wheat straw in fields and as a fuel. Wheat straw is used in pulp and paper production but is being used for alternative fuel recently which is leading to shortages of wheat […]

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Pakistan’s competition commission calls for alternatives to wheat straw for power due to scarcity

Pakistan’s competition commission calls for alternatives to wheat straw for power due to scarcity

December 25, 2019 |

In Pakistan, the Tribune newspaper reports that the national competition commission has ordered an end to the use of wheat straw as feedstock for power generation because the demand for use in biofuel has led to a shortage that is in turn negatively impacting the pulp and paper industry that relies on wheat straw as […]

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Hinduja Group offers to solve Punjab’s paddy straw problem with ethanol production

Hinduja Group offers to solve Punjab’s paddy straw problem with ethanol production

December 11, 2019 |

In India, Hinduja Group on Wednesday offered to help Punjab in addressing the stubble burning problem by lifting all the paddy straw from the fields for use in ethanol plants. Offering transport and technology solutions to mitigate the menace of stubble burning, the Chairman assured the state’s Chief Minister that the tippers of the Group […]

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Corpse to compost, Jose Cuervo’s agave to straws, Ford’s coffee waste parts, Reebok biokicks, cellulose optical fibers, catalysts algorithms, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 12th

Corpse to compost, Jose Cuervo’s agave to straws, Ford’s coffee waste parts, Reebok biokicks, cellulose optical fibers, catalysts algorithms, and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of December 12th

December 11, 2019 |

From Jose Cuervo’s new project to convert agave byproduct into biodegradable straws to death (corpse to compost), this week’s Top 10 Innovations are a hoot to boot. Car maker Ford is using McDonald’s coffee waste in car parts, and a New Zealand airline is using edible coffee cups made from biscotti to reduce in-light service […]

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New PHA pathway, stroodles noodle straws, bamboo poutine, seaweed bioplastic, rice husk travel mugs and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 28th

New PHA pathway, stroodles noodle straws, bamboo poutine, seaweed bioplastic, rice husk travel mugs and more: The Digest’s Top 10 Innovations for the week of November 28th

November 27, 2019 |

“I can’t cook a Thanksgiving dinner. All I can make is cold cereal and maybe toast.” — Charlie Brown It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. today and many are gathering around the table, chatting about the latest news, like the new Air Protein – air-based food – and whether it will be served alongside…or instead of…the […]

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