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Petri dish to pitmaster: Texas startup wants to put cell-based brisket on your grill

Petri dish to pitmaster: Texas startup wants to put cell-based brisket on your grill

October 19, 2020 |

In Texas, a cell-based meat startup aims to have a brisket prototype ready in just two years. Katie Kam, cofounder and CEO of the cleverly named BioBQ, tells The Spoon the company grows fat, muscle, and collagen cells using scaffolding to produce the marbling associated with the slow-cooked barbeque mainstay.  “With each sheet about two […]

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Skip the salad with vitamin-enriched cultured beef

Skip the salad with vitamin-enriched cultured beef

October 19, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, researchers at Tufts University are demonstrating that cultured meat can be made healthier than conventional meat by genetically engineering cow cells to also produce beta carotene. This was achieved by inserting the carotenoid pathway from golden rice. “Cows don’t have any of the genes for producing beta carotene,” Andrew Stout, Biomedical Engineering PhD […]

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Renewable leather innovation proliferates as consumer opinion turns

Renewable leather innovation proliferates as consumer opinion turns

October 19, 2020 |

In London, popular design publication Dezeen has done a deep dive on renewable leather alternatives as fashion and design markets look to move away from both animal-based leather and non-biodegradable petrochemical products. “Leather and fur have long epitomized luxury in the worlds of fashion, accessories and furniture,” writes Dezeen’s Jennifer Hahn. “But recently, popular opinion […]

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Dutch company testing 100% biobased running sneaker

Dutch company testing 100% biobased running sneaker

October 19, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, a running shoe brand has designed a 100% plant-based sneaker, jumping ahead of larger brands that have introduced athletic shoes that are partially biobased or incorporate recycled materials. Zen Running Club says its trainer boasts a midsole made of sugarcane and algae and an outsole comprised of natural rubber. “The sugarcane is […]

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Sustainable spectacle: Eyeglass giant taps Eastman for renewable frame material

Sustainable spectacle: Eyeglass giant taps Eastman for renewable frame material

October 19, 2020 |

In New York, glasses giant Marchon Eyewear says it has partnered with Eastman Chemical to use Eastman’s renewable acetate in its frames. Trade-named Acetate Renew, the material is 60% biobased and 40% recycled content. It also has a lower carbon footprint than conventional, petrochemical acetate. Scrap from Marchon’s manufacturing of the frames—which can be up […]

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Enjoy sustainable self-care with coconut fiber spa slippers

Enjoy sustainable self-care with coconut fiber spa slippers

October 19, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, spa supplier BC Softwear has introduced 100% biodegradable slippers made from coir, a soft, fuzzy fiber obtained from the outer husk of coconuts. The slippers are available in cream cotton or jute and can be recycled or tossed with food waste. Bamford, a luxury spa chain, has already put in an […]

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Finnish researchers overcome cyanobacteria-based ethylene hurdle

Finnish researchers overcome cyanobacteria-based ethylene hurdle

October 19, 2020 |

In Finland, researchers at the University of Turku have created a cyanobacteria biofilm that produced ethylene—a major building block of the chemical industry—for more than a month. The team genetically engineered cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 to produce ethylene by inserting a gene for ethylene-forming enzyme acquired from Pseudomonas syringae. The only inputs were sunlight […]

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Meet Luca, TU/ecomotive’s latest biobased car

Meet Luca, TU/ecomotive’s latest biobased car

October 19, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, a student team and an Israel startup have designed and constructed a prototype electric car with numerous biobased elements, including coconut fiber and horsehair seats and a flax chassis. Dubbed Luca, the zero-waste vehicle was designed by TU/ecomotive, a student company at Eindhoven University of Technology, and UBQ, a Tel Aviv-Yafo-based company […]

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Belgian vegan cowboys hunt for milk-producing fungal strain

Belgian vegan cowboys hunt for milk-producing fungal strain

October 12, 2020 |

In Belgium, a dairy technology startup has launched a “bounty hunt” for a fungal strain that can produce milk proteins. Those Vegan Cowboys—the brainchild of plant-based meat company The Vegetarian Butcher—has offered €2.5 million ($2.94 million) for the strain. The company aims to produce cheese other dairy products without the environmental impact and cruelty of […]

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Mushroom to grow: Major brands sign on to accelerate mycelium leather

Mushroom to grow: Major brands sign on to accelerate mycelium leather

October 12, 2020 |

In California, major brands have formed a consortium with Bolt Threads to commercialize mycelium-based leather in 2021. Adidas, Stella McCartney, Lululemon and Kering, which owns Gucci, have invested “seven figures” in the material, dubbed Mylo by producer Bolt Threads. Creating a market for the material will accelerate economies of scale, consortium members say. “What we […]

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