Category: Chemicals & Materials

Look “Good as Hell” with Lizzo’s hemp falsies

Look “Good as Hell” with Lizzo’s hemp falsies

December 5, 2022 |

In Los Angeles, makeup artist to singer, rapper, vocal vegan, and celebrated flutist Lizzo is touting biodegradable false lashes made by Velour Cloud Nine Lashes.  Alexx Mayo tells Glamour magazine the lashes are made from hemp fibers and are both reasonably priced and easily obtainable; Velour Cloud Nine Lashes retail for $24 at Ulta and […]

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Notpla among 2022 Earthshot winners

Notpla among 2022 Earthshot winners

December 5, 2022 |

In Boston, a promising bioplastic was among the five 2022 Earthshot Prize Winners announced to much fanfare amid a US visit by Prince William and his wife Catherine. The Prince of Wales launched the Earthshot Prize in 2020. The prize will hand out £50 million over 10 years to organizations working to address the world’s […]

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Toymaker Mattel secures biobased ABS

Toymaker Mattel secures biobased ABS

December 5, 2022 |

In South Korea, LG Chem has supplied California toy company Mattel with acrylonitrile butadiene styrene based on vegetable feedstocks. LG Chem can produce about 2 million tons of transparent ABS annually, according to Aju Business Daily. The thermoplastic biopolymer is certified by ISCC PLUS, a program verifying biobased and circular raw materials. LG Chem says […]

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Ski maker boosts investments into materials

Ski maker boosts investments into materials

December 5, 2022 |

In Utah, popular ski equipment maker Rossignol Group will spend $50 million in coming years to boost sustainability efforts, including efforts to increase use of renewable materials. The funds will help the brand meet its goal of $500 million in sales by 2026—an increase of over 60% compared to its 2021-2022 fiscal year. The cash […]

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Fight fire with fungi: Mushroom cannons eyed for forest recovery

Fight fire with fungi: Mushroom cannons eyed for forest recovery

December 5, 2022 |

In the United Kingdom, designer American designer Suzie McMurtry has created a mushroom spore “cannon” that can help detoxify soil after a wildfire. Dubbed Living with Wildfire, the system is comprised of a flame-retardant mycelium pod and a steel container full of water and dormant mushroom spores, closed with a cork. The idea is the […]

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Giving linoleum another look

Giving linoleum another look

December 5, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Lina Chi is hoping to reinvigorate use of linoleum—a biobased material launched in the 1950s that became popular in the 1950s as a flooring material but would eventually be supplanted by polyvinyl chloride. Made from materials such as cork, wood dust and limestone mixed with linseed oil and […]

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Unilever eyes 2023 for precision-fermented dairy launch

Unilever eyes 2023 for precision-fermented dairy launch

December 5, 2022 |

In London, Unilever executives have publicly called dairy “problematic” as it invests in R&D to produce alternatives via precision fermentation. The consumer goods giant, which counts Magnum, Ben & Jerry’s, and Breyers among its brands, said at a recent media event that it is working with startups in Europe and could launch products in 2023, […]

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Microalgae nutrition and cosmetics firm raises $15.7 million

Microalgae nutrition and cosmetics firm raises $15.7 million

December 5, 2022 |

In France, Microphyt, a producer of microalgae-based natural solutions for nutrition and well-being, has announced a Series B fund raise of €15 million (US$15.7 million).  Microphyt says the funds will be used to accelerate new product development and commercialization of its portfolio as well as to increase production of Microphyt’s industrial platform in Baillargues. Microphyt […]

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GreenTechnologies gets Competitive USDA SBIR Phase II grant

GreenTechnologies gets Competitive USDA SBIR Phase II grant

December 2, 2022 |

In Florida, GreenTechnologies announced that its research and commercialization project for a new Reactive Layer Coating (RLC) technology for biobased fertilizers has been awarded a highly competitive Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II Award of $649,875 from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). GreenTechnologies noted that it will develop pilot scale manufacturing capabilities […]

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Architect envisions “living homes” that keep you warm if you feed them (but may occasionally sneeze)

Architect envisions “living homes” that keep you warm if you feed them (but may occasionally sneeze)

November 28, 2022 |

In Argentina, architect Juan Manuel Prieto has used artificial intelligence to conceptualize “Habitable Monsters” to draw attention to the potential of living architecture.  Made of organic materials such as muscle tissue, fur, scales, tentacles, and even fangs, the living but (hopefully) non-sentient structures would be energy-efficient, feeding off of the waste of its inhabitants. In […]

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