Category: Chemicals & Materials

Ikea denies interest in burger bun couch

Ikea denies interest in burger bun couch

January 24, 2022 |

In Montreal, subversive artist Gab Bois has crafted a couch from burger and hot dog buns meant to resemble the vaguely loaf-like Camaleonda sofa popularized in the early 1970s by designer Mario Bellini.  Bois’s work, dubbed Loafa, went viral after being shared by Estonian rapper Tommy Cash, who claimed IKEA had agreed to produce the […]

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Alert Augustus Gloop, a village made of cacao is planned for Ecuador

Alert Augustus Gloop, a village made of cacao is planned for Ecuador

January 24, 2022 |

In Ecuador, an entire village has been planned using renewable construction materials, including 3-D-printed cacao waste.  Complete with an education and research center and chocolate factory, Cacao Eco Village was conceived by Sydney-based architecture studio Valentino Gareri Atelier at the behest of chocolate manufacturer MUZE Cacao. The village is planned for the seaside town of […]

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Valentino steps into renewable sneaker market

Valentino steps into renewable sneaker market

January 24, 2022 |

In Milan, luxury brand Valentino has introduced two sneakers designs made from recycled and renewable materials.  Featuring uppers and sides made of viscose and polyurethane produced using corn-based polyols, the sustainable sneaks are available in the brand’s Open and Rockstud Untitled styles. The sneakers also include recycled polyester laces and rubber soles.  A lifecycle assessment […]

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Maybelline to boost biobased content

Maybelline to boost biobased content

January 24, 2022 |

In New York, mainstay cosmetics brand Maybelline has vowed to make 95% of its formulas either biobased or derived from minerals or circular sources by 2030.    The company’s new sustainability program, Conscious Together, aims to create a more responsible business model for the brand by transforming its processes, innovations, and mindset to reduce its […]

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Scottish startup looks to convert fish waste into cleaning ingredients

Scottish startup looks to convert fish waste into cleaning ingredients

January 24, 2022 |

In Scotland, a startup with six-figure funding support from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre is developing a surfactant from fish farming byproducts.  Fish oils account for about a quarter of aquaculture’s total by-product output. Such oils are rich in fatty acids and can be converted into biofuels, but Eco Clean believes biosurfactants for use in […]

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Plant-based hair extensions attract investment, support environmental justice

Plant-based hair extensions attract investment, support environmental justice

January 24, 2022 |

In North Carolina, plant-based hair extension company Rebundle has raised $1.4 million to increase production, but will continue to prioritize the environmental justice and equality principles it was founded to address. Rebundle was established in 2019 to offer an alternative to the synthetic hair extensions commonly used in African American braiding. Not only are these […]

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Bangladeshi scientist develops biodegradable PPE from jute and chitosan

Bangladeshi scientist develops biodegradable PPE from jute and chitosan

January 24, 2022 |

In Bangladesh, the same scientist behind the popular Sonali jute bag has created biodegradable personal protective equipment using jute and chitosan, a material found in crustacean cells.  Mubarak Ahmad Khan, scientific adviser to Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation, developed the material to help address the massive amount of PPE being produced and discarded amid the COVID-19 […]

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Good shucking idea: Startup targets lab-grown oysters

Good shucking idea: Startup targets lab-grown oysters

January 24, 2022 |

In North Carolina, two entrepreneurs hope to bring lab-grown oyster meat to raw bars and leave real oysters doing what they do best: filtering waterways so other species can thrive.   Dubbed Pearlita, Nikita Michelsen and Joey Peters say the startup is the first cultivated meat company to target the slurpable bivalve.  “Instead of harvesting […]

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Start your day the biobased way with bioplastic toaster, kettle, and coffee maker

Start your day the biobased way with bioplastic toaster, kettle, and coffee maker

January 17, 2022 |

In the UK, Philips Domestic Appliances has launched a line of home appliances made out of bioplastic. More specifically, the Eco-Conscious Edition, which includes a toaster, kettle, and coffee maker, is composed of polypropylene manufactured from used plant-based cooking oil.  The collection includes a family-sized kettle that retails for £49.99 (US$68.24) and features automatic shut-off […]

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Mask and you shall receive: Finnish consortium developing biobased, anti-viral PPE

Mask and you shall receive: Finnish consortium developing biobased, anti-viral PPE

January 17, 2022 |

In Finland, LUT University has launched the BIOPROT project to develop face masks that are renewable, biodegradable, and antimicrobial. The goal is to protect humans from COVID-19 while also reducing the mountain of waste generated by the surge in demand for personal protective equipment created by the pandemic. The ambitious project aims to produce enough […]

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