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Cultivated wildebeest could soon appear on South African menus

Cultivated wildebeest could soon appear on South African menus

July 25, 2022 |

In South Africa, cultivated meat producer Mogale Meat says it could have lab-grown game meat, such as springbok, wildebeest, and impala, available for sampling this year, and launched commercially within three years.  Founded by former wildlife veterinarian Paul Bartels in 2020, Mogale has already demonstrated production of cell-based chicken. But the company notes that meat-eating […]

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Cepsa begins supplying renewable surfactant to Unilever

Cepsa begins supplying renewable surfactant to Unilever

July 25, 2022 |

In Spain, Cepsa Química has begun supply of renewable linear alkylbenzene (LAB) to consumer goods giant Unilever for use in cleaning and laundry products.  Dubbed NextLab, the LAB is a surfactant partially made from biomass instead of the fossil fuels. Currently, 85% of the overall carbon demand in chemical and derived materials sector is still […]

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Battery maker taps Stora Enso for lignin-based anodes

Battery maker taps Stora Enso for lignin-based anodes

July 25, 2022 |

In Finland, pulp and paper maker Stora Enso has partnered with Swedish battery developer Northvolt to develop battery anodes made from lignin sourced from Nordic forests.  The two companies formally entered into a Joint Development Agreement that leverages Stora Enso’s Lignode anode material and Northvolt’s expertise in cell design, production process development and scale-up. Lignin […]

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Rubber products maker signs additives offtake deal with Origin Materials

Rubber products maker signs additives offtake deal with Origin Materials

July 25, 2022 |

In California, synthetic rubber distributor Intertex World Resources, Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase renewable carbon black made from hydrothermal carbon (HTC) produced by Origin Materials.  The 100% biobased filler and pigment is made from wood residues at lower carbon emissions and fossil fuels than incumbent materials.   The material will be used for tires, […]

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Sustainable surf’s up: Menswear brand launches limestone wetsuits

Sustainable surf’s up: Menswear brand launches limestone wetsuits

July 18, 2022 |

In New York, menswear manufacturer Noah is set to launch new wetsuit styles incorporating limestone. The suits are made from Yamamoto #40, a hybrid fabric produced by Japan’s Yamamoto Corporation using neoprene and calcium carbonate sourced from Hawaiian limestone.  Yamamoto also uses hydroelectric power and recycles its wastewater, further improving the wetsuits’ sustainability profile.  Retailing […]

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Louis Vuitton and Nike introduce $2,324 eco-friendly sneaker

Louis Vuitton and Nike introduce $2,324 eco-friendly sneaker

July 18, 2022 |

In France, luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton and Nike have partnered on a sneaker that it is made from 90% recycled and “bio-sourced” materials.  Designed by the Virgil Abloh, a celebrated artist who recently died of cancer at the age of 41, the sneaker is available in green, red, and black. “Crafted in the Maison’s […]

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Demand for budget-friendly bioplastic timepiece brings the watch waitlist experience to the masses

Demand for budget-friendly bioplastic timepiece brings the watch waitlist experience to the masses

July 18, 2022 |

In Switzerland, a bioplastic watch jointly developed by luxury watchmaker Omega and its more budget-friendly counterpart Swatch is facing significant shortages due to strong demand.  Priced at $250, the eco-friendly MoonSwatch is even harder to find than the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms, which retails for $13,000 and has been a hit among the well-heeled, according to […]

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World’s first bioplastic record goes on sale

World’s first bioplastic record goes on sale

July 18, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, a music industry sustainability collective says the world’s first bioplastic vinyl record has gone on sale.  First announced by Music Declares Emergency and Evolution Music in April, the album is called “No Music on a Dead Planet” and features tracks by Bicep, Angel Olsen, Black Country, New Road and Porridge Radio.  […]

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Biodegradable cigarette filters achieve key patent

Biodegradable cigarette filters achieve key patent

July 18, 2022 |

In San Diego, biodegradable filter manufacturer Greenbutts says it has been granted a patent for ‘Biodegradable Cigarette Filter Tow and Method of Manufacture,’ which covers its food-grade, fiber-based filters with starch-based binders.  Greenbutts’ filter material is a sustainable alternative to the standard filters made of synthesized cellulose acetate and has been shown to degrade in […]

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Sustainable methanol project to receive EU funding

Sustainable methanol project to receive EU funding

July 18, 2022 |

In Sweden, renewable chemicals maker Perstorp has been selected by The European Union Innovation Fund to receive a grant for Project Air, a planned production facility for sustainable methanol at Stenungsund.  Project Air, which is a collaboration between Perstorp, Fortum and Uniper, has applied for €97 (US$98.6 million). Total investment in the project expected to […]

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