Category: Chemicals & Materials

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. surges in debut

Jessica Alba’s The Honest Co. surges in debut

May 10, 2021 |

In New York, The Honest Co., Jessica Alba’s natural-focused consumer goods brand, saw shares increase 44% in its initial public offering on Wednesday, May 5, valuing the company at $2.5 billion.  Alba, perhaps best known for her role as Susan Storm in 2005’s Fantastic Four franchise, founded the brand in 2011. It sells products such […]

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Burger King trials renewable packaging in Miami

Burger King trials renewable packaging in Miami

May 10, 2021 |

In Miami, fast food giant Burger King has begun a pilot program to evaluate greener packaging—including cutlery, straws, wrappers and drink lids—at 51 of its restaurants.  Plans call for unbleached, virgin paperboard fry packaging, utensils made from the bioplastic polylactic acid, recycled fiber napkins, plant-based straws and sandwich wrappers that reduce paper usage. The company […]

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Treating injury and old age gets greener with biobased orthotics

Treating injury and old age gets greener with biobased orthotics

May 10, 2021 |

In Finland, an orthotics company is producing biodegradable splints made from wood and biopolymers. Onbone, based in Espoo, has 9 patents and 12 pending for its material, trade named Woodcast.  Company CEO Jimmy Takki says the material is particularly well-suited for orthotics. “Only a hairdryer or heat gun is needed to shape the splint so […]

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3-D printing wood waste could save endangered trees

3-D printing wood waste could save endangered trees

May 10, 2021 |

In California, 3-D printing innovators have successfully printed sawdust and binder in a way that mimics the grain of a tree—a process that can produce everyday items like furniture in a more environmentally friendly way with less waste.  The work was undertaken at San Jose State University. “We realized really quickly that wood waste is […]

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Danish firm introduces apple waste leather

Danish firm introduces apple waste leather

May 10, 2021 |

In Copenhagen, a startup is developing a process that converts apple waste to a leather alternative.  Beyond Leather Materials calls the material Leap after the “LEftover APles” from the cider and juice industries that provide the raw material. Organic textiles and a protective coating provide the rest of the three-layer material.  Producing Leap emits 85% […]

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Tufts researchers develop leather alternative from silk, chitosan

Tufts researchers develop leather alternative from silk, chitosan

May 10, 2021 |

In Boston, researchers at Tufts have created a 3D printed leather alternative using silk and various wastes. The process mixes silk fibers with a plasticizer and vegetable gum thickener. Chitosan—a seafood industry waste—is added for hardness. The resulting material is recyclable and biodegradable.  “Our work is centered on the use of naturally-derived materials that minimize […]

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ISS wants to make sure early lunar settlements have hummus

ISS wants to make sure early lunar settlements have hummus

May 10, 2021 |

In Israel, an experiment headed to the International Space Station in 2022 will evaluate the feasibility of growing chickpeas in microgravity.  The goal is to further work by Stanford University and a number of Israeli institutions that applies synthetic biology to stabilize chickpea growth in small ecosystems—with the hopes of eventually sustaining growth on lunar […]

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Mushroom stem preservative uses ag waste to prevent food waste

Mushroom stem preservative uses ag waste to prevent food waste

May 10, 2021 |

In Canada, a company extracting food preservatives from mushrooms has increased production to meet growing consumer demand for natural food additives.  Chinova Bioworks has added a 20,000-square-foot Bioscience Manufacturing Incubator facility as well as 6,000 square feet to house R&D and administrative functions. The company’s Chiber product is extracted from the stems of white button […]

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Sao Paulo police to be issued biobased bullet-proof vests

Sao Paulo police to be issued biobased bullet-proof vests

May 3, 2021 |

In Brazil, bullet-proof vests that protect both the wearer and the environment will soon be available. Royal DSM, producer of Dyneema UD ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) material used in body armor, says its Indian manufacturing partner MKU will soon be supplying the same textile but with biobased content to the Sao Paulo police force.  […]

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Vegan leather maker raises $130 million, brings fashion veteran on as CEO

Vegan leather maker raises $130 million, brings fashion veteran on as CEO

May 3, 2021 |

In New Jersey, Modern Meadow, a startup developing biofabricated materials with properties similar to leather, has raised $130 million in a series C funding.  Led by Key Partners Capital with participation from Astanor Ventures, Horizons Ventures and Cape Capital, the Series C “cements Modern Meadow as a leader in biofabrication,” according to a press release.  […]

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