Author Archive: Rebecca Coons

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Mushroom deities cleanse earth and spirits

Mushroom deities cleanse earth and spirits

January 2, 2023 |

In Brazil, furf design studio has created mycelium deities to highlight the sustainability potential of the material and “emblemize the plurality of Brazilian syncretism.” The collection—appropriately called Faith—is made using 3D printed molds and includes Mary, Buddha, and Brazilian queen of the sea, Iemanjá. “With a negative carbon footprint, it cleans the environment with its […]

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Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam launches bioplastic credit and debit cards

Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam launches bioplastic credit and debit cards

January 2, 2023 |

Brunei’s largest card issuer has launched credit and debit cards made from biodegradable polylactic acid (PLA) bioplastic to demonstrate its “commitment to tackling the sustainability challenges facing the world.” Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam says the new cards have the same functionality as conventional cards but emit 70% fewer greenhouse gas emissions to produce. “BIBD worked […]

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Spanish research team creates carbon fiber alternative from palm waste  

Spanish research team creates carbon fiber alternative from palm waste  

January 2, 2023 |

In Spain, researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València have created a biodegradable material from palm tree waste that has comparable properties to carbon fiber. Dubbed Fiberpalm, the innovation is the brainchild of mechanical engineering students Manel Cabanes, Álvaro Gallego and Mario Salido; business administration and management majors Ángeles Vendrell and Ariadna Sánchez, and chemical […]

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IIT Roorkee team invents edible ink from acacia

IIT Roorkee team invents edible ink from acacia

January 2, 2023 |

In India, researchers with IIT Roorkee’s Department of Paper Technology have developed an edible ink for a wide range of printing and packaging applications. The plant-based alternative comes as India’s ban on single-use plastic items like plates and cups has caused more people to carry groceries or food items in bags made from newspapers. The […]

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Sneaker company On launches rental program for biobased running shoe

Sneaker company On launches rental program for biobased running shoe

January 2, 2023 |

In Switzerland, running shoe company On has begun a rental program for its biobased Cloudneo sneaker. Produced using several materials made from castor oil beans, the cost of leasing Cloudneo sneakers runs about $30 a month. When a runner wears out their current sneaker, they can send for a new pair and receive a FedEx […]

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Amyris announces $50 million common stock offering

Amyris announces $50 million common stock offering

January 2, 2023 |

In California, renewable chemical maker Amyris, Inc. has entered into a definitive purchase agreement for stock and announced a concurrent private placement, saying the combination will net about $50 million. The funds will be used for general corporate purposes. The definitive purchase agreement covers the purchase and sale of 20,000,000 shares of the Company’s common […]

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Clueless star poses nude to promote vegan leather

Clueless star poses nude to promote vegan leather

December 26, 2022 |

In New York, Alicia Silverstone has posed nude for a PETA ad encouraging adoption of plant-based leather alternatives. Featuring the tagline “I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Animals,” the ad shows Silverstone wearing nothing but began leather boots in a field of cacti. Additional text reads: “Don’t be a prick. Wear Vegan. Buy Cactus, Mushroom, […]

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K-beauty brand taps CJ Biomaterials for compact cushions

K-beauty brand taps CJ Biomaterials for compact cushions

December 26, 2022 |

In Korea, a K-Beauty brand owned by retailer Olive Young is offering compact makeup cushions made from biobased polyhydroxyalkanoates and polylactic acid. Usually, the powder-purveying cushion is made of acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene. Developed in partnership with CJ Biomaterials, a division of South Korea’s CJ Cheil Jedang, the compacts will be sold under the private label WakeMake at […]

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Fish scale tiles aim to revitalize French ceramics region

Fish scale tiles aim to revitalize French ceramics region

December 26, 2022 |

In France, a company called Scalite has developed a ceramic tile alternative made from fish scales. According to a profile by online publication Inhabitat, cofounder and Royal College of Art in London graduate Erik de Laurens invented Scalite while trying to revitalize manufacturing in the Basque region of France, where traditional tile-making was a dying […]

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Company making food from air announces seed funding

Company making food from air announces seed funding

December 26, 2022 |

In Vienna, carbon dioxide-to-food-ingredients startup Arkeon Biotechnologies has added €‎4 million (US$4.3 million) to a €‎6.5 million seed funding announced last March. The company uses gas fermentation to convert carbon dioxide into essential amino acids. Producing the same amount of protein conventionally would require almost 100 times the amount of land. “We are very pleased […]

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