Category: Chemicals & Materials

Gouda idea: Cali company raises cash for animal-free cheese

Gouda idea: Cali company raises cash for animal-free cheese

November 30, 2020 |

In San Francisco, animal-free cheesemaker Change Foods has raised $875,000 in an oversubscribed, pre-seed funding round, according to Green Queen.  The company had initially targeted $600,000. Proceeds will be used to create Change Foods’ first prototype with the look, taste, and cooking consistency of dairy-based products. The company says its alternative cheese is better than […]

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ClearMeat targets clean meat adoption in India

ClearMeat targets clean meat adoption in India

November 30, 2020 |

In India, cell-based meat company ClearMeat has developed cultivated chicken mince that it hopes will address both the populous country’s increasing appetite for chicken and concerns for the environmental impact of this growing meat consumption.  Unlike most lab-grown meat makers, ClearMeat claims its production cost, at $10.77–11.44/kg,  is already on par with conventional chicken mince […]

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Waste crop innovation boosts photovoltaics output

Waste crop innovation boosts photovoltaics output

November 30, 2020 |

In the Philippines, an engineering student has won the James Dyson Sustainability Award for an invention that turns waste crops into clean energy-generating building cladding.  Carvey Ehren Maigue developed AuReus by extracting luminescent particles from waste agricultural crops and suspending them in resin to produce cladding for walls or layers between windows. The particles convert […]

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KFC Canada hatches plan to reduce plastic

KFC Canada hatches plan to reduce plastic

November 30, 2020 |

In Canada, KFC is debuting biodegradable cutlery.  The ubiquitous purveyor of seven herbs and spices expects the switch to sporks made of bamboo, corn, and sugarcane will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastics from its waste stream. The new cutlery, which debuts in December, breaks down into biomass, carbon dioxide, and water at room temperature.  […]

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Emissions-to-feed company set to build test unit in Netherlands

Emissions-to-feed company set to build test unit in Netherlands

November 30, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, British biotechnology startup Deep Branch is building a production facility to make protein for fish and animal feed from carbon dioxide emissions.  Funded by a €2.5 million ($3 million) grant from EU Horizon 2020 – European Innovation Council (EIC) accelerator funding, the plant will be based at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Geleen. […]

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Trash to trendy: UK project looks to convert waste into textiles

Trash to trendy: UK project looks to convert waste into textiles

November 30, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, a consortium of researchers is developing a process to convert household waste, biomass, and fabric into new textiles. They hope that the £5.4 million (USD$7.2 million) project with the Royal College of Art will help improve the sustainability profile of the textile market.  “The clothing and fashion sector is currently one […]

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Malaysian medical glove maker develops greener option as pandemic rages

Malaysian medical glove maker develops greener option as pandemic rages

November 30, 2020 |

In Malaysia, a producer of medical gloves is hoping to address the environmental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing a natural rubber medical glove that biodegrades 100 times faster than its synthetic counterparts.  According to Meditech Gloves, 300 billion medical gloves will be used in 2020, enough to fill the Empire State Building a […]

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Graphene bioplastic boasts better biodegradability

Graphene bioplastic boasts better biodegradability

November 30, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, biotech firm Toraphene has developed a biodegradable plastic packaging incorporating graphene that it says will boost food safety and shelf-life. The material, also called Toraphene, is stronger, thinner, and has better permeability characteristics than current bioplastics.   “Amidst a climate crisis, plastic waste is known to be a huge global problem and […]

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Have people for dinner: Startup imagines at-home, cultured human flesh kits

Have people for dinner: Startup imagines at-home, cultured human flesh kits

November 23, 2020 |

In San Diego, cultured meat startup Ouroboros Steak has designed a kit that enables people to grow little human steaks in their own home and even from their own cells.    The creepy quasi-cannibalism concept was developed by scientist Andrew Pelling, industrial designer Grace Knight and artist and researcher Orkan Telhan. The grow-your-own-flesh kits work […]

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Pass the butter! Shiok showcases lab-grown lobster

Pass the butter! Shiok showcases lab-grown lobster

November 23, 2020 |

In Singapore, Shiok Meats has unveiled the world’s first lab-grown lobster meat. In a private tasting showcase, Chef José Luis Del Amo of TheTasteLab served lobster tomato, leek, red pepper and cucumber gazpacho and lobster terrine as well as lobster meat and mayonnaise on a crostini.   “The taste is wonderful – to really get a […]

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