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Worth a shot: Jose Cuervo gives away agave straws

Worth a shot: Jose Cuervo gives away agave straws

July 26, 2021 |

In Mexico, tequila giant Jose Cuervo wants you to make a good decision for the planet even if you make bad decisions after ordering one too many margaritas.  To help celebrate National Tequila Day on July 24, the party purveyor is giving away packs of agave-based straws. Interested parties and partiers can send their names […]

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Crocs wants to put best food forward with net zero clogs

Crocs wants to put best food forward with net zero clogs

July 26, 2021 |

In Colorado, Crocs, Inc., best known for popularizing comfy foam clogs, is working on using more bio-based material as part of its commitment to be net zero by 2030.  The brand says the move is in line with its ethos that “everyone should be comfortable in their own shoes,” because addressing climate change will help […]

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Sweet supply deal: Pineapple leather maker partners with Dole

Sweet supply deal: Pineapple leather maker partners with Dole

July 26, 2021 |

In London, the creators of a vegan leather made from pineapple leaf fibers have partnered with Dole Sunshine Company to help expand production.  Ananas Anam, creators of Piñatex vegan leather, says using fiber from pineapple plants used by Dole will allow it to access a much larger amount of feedstock for its Philippines-based production.    […]

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

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

July 26, 2021 |

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 virgin materials in a number of applications.  Dubbed Inficaf, bio-bean collects and processes over 7,000 metric tons of spent coffee grounds annually. The process involves drying spent grounds before sieving and […]

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Biobased cosmetics brand touts Holy Grain: Makeup you can sleep in

Biobased cosmetics brand touts Holy Grain: Makeup you can sleep in

July 26, 2021 |

In California, makeup brand Youthforia is solving one of the biggest problems associated with cosmetics: forgetting to wash it off, resulting in days of oily or dry skin. To address this, Fiona Co Chan founded the company during the pandemic.  The company’s products have been certified 98% biobased by the US Department of Agriculture BioPreferred […]

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Stora Enso begins piloting wood-based anode materials

Stora Enso begins piloting wood-based anode materials

July 26, 2021 |

In Finland, forest products maker Stora Enso says its pilot plant for lignin-based battery materials is now online.  Dubbed Lignode, the material is a wood-based carbon that could be used in electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and large-scale energy storage systems. The global battery market is set to grow ten-fold over the next decade.  “With our […]

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Iron Man invests in cheesier vegan cheese startup

Iron Man invests in cheesier vegan cheese startup

July 26, 2021 |

In California, vegan cheese startup Nobell Foods has raised $75 million to tackle perhaps one of the biggest hurdles to adopting a vegan diet: creating a stretchy alternative to cheese.  The key to gooey, cheesy goodness lies in casein, a protein found in dairy products that provides that super satisfying stretch when you separate a […]

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Spun-flax pavilion strong enough to comply with German building codes

Spun-flax pavilion strong enough to comply with German building codes

July 26, 2021 |

In Germany, a multidisciplinary team from the Universities of Freiburg and Stuttgart has created a load-bearing structure using robotically wound flax fiber.  The pavilion, dubbed livMatS, combines 15 components comprised of flax fiber, including a truss structure, corner reinforcements, and structural bracing. It is 100% renewable and weighs one and a half tons. A polycarbonate […]

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Biobased lingerie launch is a step forward for sustainable skivvies

Biobased lingerie launch is a step forward for sustainable skivvies

July 19, 2021 |

In the US, undergarment manufacturer Gelmart will soon release a bra with padding made from sugarcane. Vogue Business noted that the sustainable brassiere will be available in August and would be a major step forward for a clothing category that has been at for forefront of tackling inclusivity but has lagged in sustainability performance.  “There’s […]

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Slam Dunk: Plant-based firm secures stadium naming rights

Slam Dunk: Plant-based firm secures stadium naming rights

July 19, 2021 |

In Phoenix, plant-based fiber firm Footprint has reached a naming rights deal for the city’s basketball arena. The stadium is home to both the Phoenix Suns and the Phoenix Mercury and seats 18,000.  Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Footprint Center will increase the use of biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable products in its concessions.  […]

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