Category: Chemicals & Materials

Aquaman star endorses algae-based sneakers

Aquaman star endorses algae-based sneakers

March 1, 2021 |

In Illinois, climbing gear brand So iLL has partnered with Aquaman star Jason Momoa to launch sneakers made from algae and other biodegradable materials, including cotton and cork.  The $109.00, limited-edition kicks are part of the brand’s On the Roam collection and are available for preorder on So iLL’s site. An algae material is used […]

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Vegan lawyers across the pond dig wigs made from hemp

Vegan lawyers across the pond dig wigs made from hemp

March 1, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, barristers will now have the option of using vegan hemp wigs instead of traditional horsehair as they debate the merits of their respective cases.  Samuel March, a young, vegan barrister, created first unveiled his new wig on social media. “The prototype has arrived. This is the world’s first hemp barrister’s wig. […]

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Allbirds invests in Illinois plant-based leather start-up

Allbirds invests in Illinois plant-based leather start-up

March 1, 2021 |

In San Francisco, popular sustainability-focused shoe brand Allbirds has invested $2 million in Natural Fiber Welding to advance development of plant-based leather alternatives.  Founded by Luke Haverhals, Illinois-based Natural Fiber Welding’s first product is Mirum, a leather alternative made from minerals and natural plant-sourced materials such as cork and coconut coir fiber.  “Humanity’s dependence on […]

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Stay cozy in quarantine with hemp socks

Stay cozy in quarantine with hemp socks

March 1, 2021 |

In North Carolina, Bear Fiber has created socks from hemp for a prototype project meant to demonstrate that “Hemp Makes it Better.”  In partnership with expert knitters at the Catawba Valley Community College’s Manufacturing Solutions Center in Conover, Bear Fiber has developed in a method that creates a “stronger, cotton-like hemp fiber” so you can […]

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Mosa Meat closes $85 million Series B round

Mosa Meat closes $85 million Series B round

March 1, 2021 |

In the Netherlands, lab-grown meat startup Mosa Meat has closed on an additional $10 million in funding, bringing its total Series B investment round to $85 million.  The company will use the funds to scale production at its Maastricht, Netherlands production facility, where it recently manufactured the world’s first lab-grown beef burger.  The funding round […]

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Amyris acquires Brazilian clean beauty brand

Amyris acquires Brazilian clean beauty brand

March 1, 2021 |

In Brazil, renewable chemicals company Amyris has acquired the clean beauty brand Costa Brazil for an undisclosed sum.  Co-founded by Francisco Costa and Michele Levy in December 2018, Costa Brazil is a clean luxury beauty and wellness brand inspired by Brazil’s biodiversity. Amyris plans to leverage its science platform and fermentation technology to develop and […]

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Canadian researcher develops compostable coffee pod

Canadian researcher develops compostable coffee pod

March 1, 2021 |

In British Columbia, researcher Zachary Hudson has developed a compostable coffee pod made from renewable materials.  The University of British Columbia assistant professor and research chair in sustainable chemistry created the pods over three years in partnership with Nexe Innovations. The pod consists of bamboo fiber capsule, polylactic acid lining, and paper seal. The pods […]

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Tempeh inspires Indonesian mushroom leather startup

Tempeh inspires Indonesian mushroom leather startup

March 1, 2021 |

In Badung, Indonesia, Mycotech Lab is developing technology to produce vegan leather from mycelium. The company was inspired by the process used to make local delicacy tempeh—a fermented protein made from soybeans and fungi that is increasingly popular among vegans in Western regions as well.  After years of research, Mycotech has adapted the tempeh production […]

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Bill Gates has beef with beef

Bill Gates has beef with beef

February 22, 2021 |

Microsoft cofounder and third richest man on the planet Bill Gates has ruffled feathers by suggesting in his latest book that to avoid a climate disaster, developed nations like America must switch to plant-based or lab-grown beef.  Cows are large emitters of methane emissions, and various feed additives to reduce the climate impact of their […]

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Iron Man invests in bioplastic

Iron Man invests in bioplastic

February 22, 2021 |

In Singapore, Iron Man has invested in a bioplastic startup. Robert Downey Jr., who played “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, in the popular Avengers series, participated in RWDC’s recent funding round. To date, RWDC has raised over $168 million to advance its medium-chain-length polyhydroxyalkanoate (mcl-PHA) biopolymers.  “We believe the movement against […]

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