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Furious McFlurry fans decry paper spoons

Furious McFlurry fans decry paper spoons

January 9, 2023 |

In Chicago, fast food mainstay McDonald’s is the latest chain to receive pushback from consumers who demand sustainable service items but will not suffer any inconvenience. McDonald’s recently swapped the plastic straw/spoon combo on its popular McFlurry packaging to a paper alternative, but social media is grumbling over the combo serviceware’s performance. “Love a Maccy […]

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Billie Eilish sports renewable corset on Vogue digital cover

Billie Eilish sports renewable corset on Vogue digital cover

January 9, 2023 |

In New York, singer/songwriter Billie Eilish has worn a corset made from multiple renewable materials on Vogue’s first-ever video cover. The “Bad Guy” and “Ocean Eyes” singer sported a top from Balmain’s spring/summer 2023 collection that is made from paper, tree bark, banana leaf, raffia, wood, and recycled fabrics. In an accompanying article, Eilish discussed […]

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Artist Monsieur Plant sculpts sneakers from mushrooms and bark

Artist Monsieur Plant sculpts sneakers from mushrooms and bark

January 9, 2023 |

In France, an artist calling himself Monsieur Plant has expanded an ongoing sneaker sculpture series using natural materials sourced from the Breton region of France. Following creations such as “sneakerium” and “retro flower sneakers,” his latest work, dubbed “Mushroom Party,” includes five fully plant-based sneakers dotted with growing fungi. “Indeed, fungi fulfill essential ecological roles […]

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Steakholder Foods wins grant for 3D-printed, cultivated fish

Steakholder Foods wins grant for 3D-printed, cultivated fish

January 9, 2023 |

In Singapore, Steakholder Foods has received a grant to develop 3D-printed structured eel and grouper in collaboration with Umami Meats. Under the terms of the pact, Steakholder Foods will use its newly developed technology for mimicking the flaky texture of cooked fish. The joint project’s first prototype—a structured hybrid grouper product—is expected to be completed […]

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Minnesota research team develops catalyst for renewable acrylic acid

Minnesota research team develops catalyst for renewable acrylic acid

January 9, 2023 |

In Minnesota, university researchers have developed a catalyst that significantly reduces the cost of producing renewable acrylic acid and acrylates, which are used globally in paints, coatings, and superabsorbent polymers. Låkril Technologies, a startup working to manufacture low-cost renewable acrylic acid and acrylates, has already licensed the catalyst technology from its developers at University of […]

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UK’s Amtico launches biobased luxury vinyl flooring

UK’s Amtico launches biobased luxury vinyl flooring

January 9, 2023 |

In the UK, flooring company Amtico is now offering partially biobased luxury vinyl tile. Called Amtico Bio, the biobased content of the tiles comes from paper pulp waste, which is converted into ethylene. Amtico Bio’s carbon emissions are 90% lower than conventional vinyl tiles and certified sustainable by independent auditor International Sustainability and Carbon Certification […]

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LANXESS taps TotalEnergies for biobased styrene

LANXESS taps TotalEnergies for biobased styrene

January 9, 2023 |

In France, TotalEnergies has agreed to supply styrene produced from pulp industry by-product tall oil to German chemical company LANXESS. The move supports LANXESS’s ambition to make its upstream and downstream supply chains climate neutral by 2050. LANXESS will use the styrene to produce ion exchange resins, which are primarily used to treat wastewater and […]

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Smart Resilin and Acies Bio partner to commercialize plastic alternative

Smart Resilin and Acies Bio partner to commercialize plastic alternative

January 9, 2023 |

In Israel, Smart Resilin and Acies Bio have partnered to develop and commercialize resilin, a recombinant structural protein that is a promising alternative to plastics. The joint venture will combine Smart Resilin’s resilin process technology and Acies Bio’s expertise in genetic, microbiological, and scale-up development. Recombinant structural proteins are promising alternatives to synthetic plastics due […]

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New York becomes sixth state to allow human composting

New York becomes sixth state to allow human composting

January 2, 2023 |

New York state has approved human composting as an end-of-life option, becoming the sixth state to do so after Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and California. The process converts a deceased human body into soil over several weeks. It is thought to be more sustainable than cremation or burial, and at the end of the process, […]

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Sustainable scuba: Gucci introduces biobased dive watches

Sustainable scuba: Gucci introduces biobased dive watches

January 2, 2023 |

In Italy, luxury brand Gucci has introduced dive watches made from biobased plastics. At least 46% of the unisex 40 mm watches are biobased, as is 60% of the case. Recycled materials are used for the crown, buckle, and case back.  Retailing for $1,850, the watches are water-resistant up to 200 meters and have enough […]

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