Category: Chemicals & Materials

I don’t see London or France, thanks to biodegradable underpants

I don’t see London or France, thanks to biodegradable underpants

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, Stripe & Stare, a brand focused on pajamas and knickers, has launched a 100% compostable line of underwear.  Dubbed the B Edit, the unmentionables use wood-based Tencel fiber produced by Austria’s Lenzing and elastane sourced from Japan’s Roica.  The underthings are certified compostable by Oeko-Tex and Cradle to Cradle and break […]

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Coldplay announces “sustainable tour” with bamboo stage, electricity-generating floor

Coldplay announces “sustainable tour” with bamboo stage, electricity-generating floor

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, popular rock act Coldplay has announced its upcoming tour will emit half the carbon dioxide emissions as its last outing, thanks to measures that include a bamboo stage, biodegradable glitter and renewable energy.  “The planet is facing a climate crisis,” Coldplay says in a statement. “So we’ve spent the last two […]

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Psych! Beet juice concoction tricks mosquitos into drinking poison

Psych! Beet juice concoction tricks mosquitos into drinking poison

October 18, 2021 |

In Sweden, startup Molecular Attraction has developed a plant-based poison concoction that tricks mosquitos into thinking they’re drink blood.  Made from beet juice, the idea was born when Molecular Attraction cofounder and Stockholm University molecular biosciences professor Noushin Emami noticed mosquitos are more attracted to blood containing malaria parasite than uninfected blood. She soon realized […]

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Plant-based credit card plants a tree for every purchase

Plant-based credit card plants a tree for every purchase

October 18, 2021 |

In California, a new credit card will help combat the climate crisis by planting a tree every time you shop. With every purchase on the Aspiration Zero card, issuer Aspiration will plant a tree and also give users the option to plant a second tree by rounding up their purchase to the nearest dollar.  The […]

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Kickstarter launched for Johnny, an apple-growing sneaker

Kickstarter launched for Johnny, an apple-growing sneaker

October 18, 2021 |

In Toronto, a designer has launched a Kickstarter to fund production of a biodegradable shoe that, if buried, can be grown into an apple tree.  Luc Houle, 33, calls the shoe Johnny—a nod to Johnny Appleseed, who introduced apples to North America in the 1800s. Houle spent seven years designing Johnny from biodegradable materials with […]

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Scottish group wants to turn fish guts into fashion

Scottish group wants to turn fish guts into fashion

October 18, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, research is underway to convert seafood waste into adipic acid, a precursor material for nylon.  The consortium includes  researchers from the University of Edinburgh, Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, seafood producer Farne Salmon, and Impact Solutions, an independent plastics laboratory in Scotland. The group has genetically modified bacteria to convert the fatty […]

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Israeli startup using algae to solve fashion’s environmental woes

Israeli startup using algae to solve fashion’s environmental woes

October 18, 2021 |

In Israel, a startup is converting algae into natural fibers and dyes in an effort to combat the heavy environmental cost of the fashion industry.  Founded in 2016 by fashion industry veteran Renana Krebs, Algaeing sources its algae from Algatech, another Israeli company that uses solar energy, seaweed, and vertical farming techniques to produce algae. […]

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Lab-grown antelope startup looks to address food insecurity

Lab-grown antelope startup looks to address food insecurity

October 18, 2021 |

In South Africa, cultivated meat startup Mogale Meat has a bank of more than 500 cell samples from antelope and cattle that it hopes to commercialize into slaughter-free, low-cost protein.  However, unlike most lab-grown meat companies targeting beef, pork, and poultry, Mogale Meat wants to create an alternative to the game meats common in local […]

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Sustainable sexy time: Biobased materials penetrate adult toy market

Sustainable sexy time: Biobased materials penetrate adult toy market

October 11, 2021 |

In Brooklyn, Vice Media has offered an in-depth review of various adult toys that are trying to create both pleasure and good “vibes” by incorporating renewable materials.  One toy, dubbed Womanizer, uses biolene bioplastic and is fully biodegradable. As for performance, the Womanizer received a rating of four and a half eggplant emojis—losing half an […]

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Former boy bander Zayn Malik partners on biobased sunglass line

Former boy bander Zayn Malik partners on biobased sunglass line

October 11, 2021 |

In the United Kingdom, X-Factor and One Direction alum Zayn Malik has released a sunglass collection with Arnette that features biobased acetate frames.  Dubbed Zayn x Arnette, the collection consists of five “edgy, yet easy to wear styles” with an emphasis on 90s nostalgia.   “I’m very interested in design and the creative elements of […]

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