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Study finds Gen-Z not on board with cultured meat

Study finds Gen-Z not on board with cultured meat

September 14, 2020 |

In Australia, researchers have found that Gen-Z is wary of lab-grown meat despite reporting concerns for personal health, the environment, and animal welfare. Usually defined as those born between 1995 and 2012, researchers at University of Sydney and Curtin University found that almost three-quarters of Gen-Z report not being “ready” for meat grown in the […]

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Brooklyn brand gets into biobased shoe game

Brooklyn brand gets into biobased shoe game

September 14, 2020 |

In Brooklyn, New York, an up-and-coming sneaker brand is beta-testing sneakers made almost entirely from plants. Designed by Dave Costello and Micah Heftman, the Kengos Lace-up boasts 98% plant-based content thanks to an upper made from corn-based, breathable fabric Amaize; an upper body made from eucalyptus fabric that temperature regulates and absorbs sweat; a midsole […]

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Sweet solution: Honey-coated masks eyed as COVID-prevention alternative

Sweet solution: Honey-coated masks eyed as COVID-prevention alternative

September 14, 2020 |

In Sri Lanka, two entrepreneurs are working to launch a biodegradable, antimicrobial alternative to the N95 mask widely used to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Dubbed Mel-Cotta, the masks are made from banana stalk fibers and coated with honey and propolis, a resin made by bees to seal hives. They were developed by David Churches […]

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Cali company launches single-use hemp utensils

Cali company launches single-use hemp utensils

September 14, 2020 |

In California, GreenTek Packaging has launched what it says is the first-ever disposable cutlery made from hemp. The Hemptensils line of forks, spoons, and knives are 100% plant-based and compostable but have a shelf life of more than four years. They are currently available on GreenTek’s site as well as Amazon. The hemp is currently […]

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Polish designer debuts tableware from sugar beet waste

Polish designer debuts tableware from sugar beet waste

September 14, 2020 |

In Poland, designer Sofia Jaśkiewicz has created a line of tableware and packaging made from sugar beet waste. The items are made by adding other natural materials to sugar beet pulp and leaves, accompanied with binding and pressing steps to form papers, chipboards and composites. “I’m interested in the exploration of new uses for unusual […]

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Singapore researchers convert pineapple waste into aerogels

Singapore researchers convert pineapple waste into aerogels

September 14, 2020 |

In Singapore, researchers have developed a method to convert pineapple leaf fibers into aerogels with applications in food preservation and wastewater treatment.  National University of Singapore Associate Professor Duong Hai-Minh says the aerogels are very versatile. “They are effective as oil absorbents and for heat and sound insulation,” he says. “We have also demonstrated their […]

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Under development Down Under: Lab-cultured yak and kangaroo meat

Under development Down Under: Lab-cultured yak and kangaroo meat

September 7, 2020 |

In Australia, a startup is developing cell-based meat replacements for rarely eaten animals, including kangaroo, lion, tortoise, and yak. Vow Foods, which says it takes about six weeks to grow cells into meat, has already launched dumplings made with cultured kangaroo meat. “There have been various historical reports of how delicious the meat of the Galapagos […]

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Study finds “mush-room” for fungi in vegan leather production

Study finds “mush-room” for fungi in vegan leather production

September 7, 2020 |

In Austria, material chemists at the University of Vienna have evaluated the viability of vegan leather made from fungi. In a review article published in Nature Sustainability, Alexander Bismarck and Mitchell Jones discuss the use of agricultural and forestry byproducts to grow fungal mycelium into leather-like materials through physical and chemical treatments. “As a result, […]

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Absolut biobased: Vodka brand rolls out paper bottle prototypes

Absolut biobased: Vodka brand rolls out paper bottle prototypes

September 7, 2020 |

In Sweden, popular vodka brand Absolut has rolled out 2,000 paper bottle prototypes ahead of a wider production run in November. The prototypes are made of 57% paper, with the balance made from 100% recycled plastic. The first bottles will be available in Sweden and the UK, with wider distribution in spring after consumer feedback. […]

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Algae-based fabric designer envisions consumers one day watering their clothes

Algae-based fabric designer envisions consumers one day watering their clothes

September 7, 2020 |

In Canada, a designer has partnered with researchers at the University of British Columbia to create an air-purifying, algae-based fabric. Dubbed Biogarmentry, the living Chlamydomonas reinhardtii undergoes photosynthesis, removing carbon from the atmosphere in the process. Designer Roya Aghighi tells CNN one of her main goals was to reduce the environmental impact of the textiles.  […]

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