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Upgrade your cocktail experience with… cabbage?

Upgrade your cocktail experience with… cabbage?

September 26, 2022 |

In Israel, a “marketing tech” machine that deposits colorful designs on cocktails—think latte art, but boozy—can now use entirely plant-based pods.  Manufactured by Ripples, a “bev-top media” category leader, the ability to print logos or designs on drinks is meant to target the ‘did-it-for-the-Gram [Instagram]’ demographic. Or, as Ripples puts it, “is designed to help […]

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Fruity Booty Launches Beech Tree Pulp Unmentionables

Fruity Booty Launches Beech Tree Pulp Unmentionables

September 26, 2022 |

In London, intimates apparel brand Fruity Booty has released a collection of underwear using modal, a material partially made from beech tree pulp.  Dubbed Bodywear, the collection includes seamless bras, thongs, and shorts.  “We chose to branch out into seamless because we wanted to create a collection for our customers which was solely focused on […]

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Calyxt Exploring Strategic Alternatives

Calyxt Exploring Strategic Alternatives

September 26, 2022 |

In Minnesota, synthetic biology company Calyxt says it is “evaluating potential strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value,” including financing alternatives, merger, reverse merger, other business combinations, sale of assets, licensing, or other transactions.  Calyxt uses its proprietary PlantSpring™ technology platform to engineer plant metabolism to produce high-value, plant-based chemistries for use in customers’ materials and […]

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Austrian Fashion Week Includes Kelp-Inspired Bioplastic Clutch

Austrian Fashion Week Includes Kelp-Inspired Bioplastic Clutch

September 26, 2022 |

In Austria, designer Julia Koerner has introduced kelp-inspired clutch bags made from kelp bioplastics for her JK3D fashion brand.  Debuted recently at MQ Vienna Fashion Week and available in slate, mauve, and midnight blue, the Kelp Mini Clutch resembles tangled tendrils of kelp found along the coast of Malibu, with “strategic voids” that create a […]

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Seed Balls Promote Biodiversity after Forest Fires

Seed Balls Promote Biodiversity after Forest Fires

September 26, 2022 |

In Spain, a group of design students has conceived a novel method of restoring diversity following forest fires—hanging biodegradable balls containing seeds, which fall to the forest floor or are eaten by birds and other animals and carried elsewhere for germination.  Dubbed DISPERSEED, the 3D-printed balls are a national runner-up for the 2022 James Dyson […]

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Bucha Bio raises $1.1-million for kombucha-waste leather

Bucha Bio raises $1.1-million for kombucha-waste leather

September 26, 2022 |

In Texas, a startup developing vegan leather from kombucha waste has closed a $1.1-million seed funding.  Bucha Bio will use the funds to support development and commercialization for its process, which converts bacterial nanocellulose left over from kombucha production into its Shorai and Hikari biobased materials. It expects to make Hikari, a translucent material, available […]

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Natural Fiber Welding adds New Balance and Allbirds to sustainable footwear collective

Natural Fiber Welding adds New Balance and Allbirds to sustainable footwear collective

September 26, 2022 |

In Illinois, a producer of vegan leather made from agricultural waste has added multiple brands to its Footwear Collective for promoting the use of biobased, low-carbon materials in shoes that that “return to the earth” when discarded.  Natural Fiber Welding reports that New Balance, Wolverine Worldwide, Camper, Deckers and Allbirds have joined the sustainable shoe […]

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Natural nappies: Bamboo diaper range launched in UK

Natural nappies: Bamboo diaper range launched in UK

September 26, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, Eco Green Living is selling compostable diapers made from bamboo.  Developed in partnership with Eco Boom,  the company hopes the nappies help address the almost 3 billion disposable diapers that are thrown out in the UK annually. Conventional plastic diapers can take up to 500 years to break down, releasing greenhouse […]

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Coffee balls take the wasteful pods out of your morning routine

Coffee balls take the wasteful pods out of your morning routine

September 19, 2022 |

In Switzerland, supermarket chain Migros has introduced the world’s first capsule-less coffee system for coffee pod machines. Dubbed CoffeeB, the convenient and eco-friendly alternative to the ubiquitous—and wasteful—Keurig-style coffee pods uses a natural and compostable encapsulating material produced by Delica.  The material also protects against oxygen loss, ensuring your cup of joe stays fresh.  “With […]

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Meek Mill, Emily Ratajkowski among investors in cultivated meat platform

Meek Mill, Emily Ratajkowski among investors in cultivated meat platform

September 19, 2022 |

In San Francisco, Prolific Machines has emerged from stealth mode and announced $42 million in funding for its scalable cultivated meat platform. Backers in the “massively oversubscribed” seed and Series A financings include a long list of major foodtech investors and celebrities.  The seed round was led by Arvind Gupta at Mayfield, the first investor […]

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