Category: Chemicals & Materials

Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds files for IPO

Biobased sneaker pioneer Allbirds files for IPO

September 6, 2021 |

In San Francisco, sustainability-focused shoe brand Allbirds has filed for an initial public offering ahead of a large retail expansion.  The company, which is known for its trendy sneakers made of wool and other natural and recycled materials, has applied to list Class A common stock under the ticker BIRD on the Nasdaq.   The […]

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Shrimp weapon inspires unbreakable dental crown material

Shrimp weapon inspires unbreakable dental crown material

September 6, 2021 |

In Finland, researchers at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have created a cellulose-based nanocomposite inspired by the ultra-strong clubs shrimp use to pulverize prey such as clams.  VTT says the material, made from a mixture of birch-cellulose and genetically engineered proteins, can be used to make dental implant crowns. Being stronger but much lighter […]

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Clean teeth, clean earth: Company claims first carbon-neutral toothbrush

Clean teeth, clean earth: Company claims first carbon-neutral toothbrush

September 6, 2021 |

In India, GSK Consumer Healthcare says it has launched the world’s first carbon-neutral toothbrush. Made in the classic “Dr.Best” style, the toothbrush is made of cellulose; a bioplastic produced using paper production byproducts; and castor oil material for the bristles. The materials cut the carbon footprint of the toothbrush in half compared to a standard […]

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Wagyu doing? Japanese lab bioprints Holy Grail beef cut

Wagyu doing? Japanese lab bioprints Holy Grail beef cut

September 6, 2021 |

In Japan, scientists have successfully grown wagyu—a premium variety of beef known for its marbling and tenderness—in a lab.  Using cells taken from a cow’s cheek and artificial collagen tendon tissue, professor Michiya Matsusaki and colleagues at Osaka University were able to 3D bioprint a 5×5 mm cube of meat resembling wagyu.  “We wanted to […]

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Eat Just plans $200-million cultured meat plant in Qatar

Eat Just plans $200-million cultured meat plant in Qatar

September 6, 2021 |

In Qatar, food tech Eat Just is planning to build a production plant for cultured chicken and vegan eggs.  Doha Venture Capital contributed a “relevant chunk” of the financing for the $200-million plant, which will take about two years to build, Eat Just CEO Josh Tetrick tells Bloomberg. The new plant will be also be […]

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Singapore insect farming startup generates buzz

Singapore insect farming startup generates buzz

September 6, 2021 |

In Singapore, startup Insectta is using black soldier fly larva to turn food waste into usable materials, including high-value ingredients used in markets like personal care.  Founded in 2017 by Chua Kai-Ning Chua and Phua Jun Wei, Insectta uses waste from soybean factories and breweries to cultivate maggots. The insects can be freeze dried into […]

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Better (carbon) footprint for your feet: Nike evaluating emissions-sequestering material from Newlight

Better (carbon) footprint for your feet: Nike evaluating emissions-sequestering material from Newlight

August 30, 2021 |

In Oregon, Nike is working with Newlight Technologies to explore the possibility of producing sneakers and apparel that actually sequester carbon instead of releasing it.  The partnership will look at using Newlight’s AirCarbon material, which is a biomaterial made from methane that escapes from defunct coal mines. According to Newlight, for every 1 kilogram of […]

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Tea-rrific idea: Student develops wood alternative from kombucha waste

Tea-rrific idea: Student develops wood alternative from kombucha waste

August 30, 2021 |

In Chicago, design student Gabe Tavas has been awarded the prestigious James Dyson award for developing a process to convert kombucha waste into an alternative for wood, including exotic and endangered species.  Dubbed Pyrus, the material is made from a sheet of bacterial cellulose that is a byproduct of kombucha production.  Tavas created the first […]

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Old Navy introduces flip-flops produced from sugarcane

Old Navy introduces flip-flops produced from sugarcane

August 30, 2021 |

In San Francisco, the ubiquitous, no-frills Old Navy summer flip-flop is getting a renewable makeover thanks to EVA foam made from sugarcane.  On sale now for $4.99-$8.99, the flops are available in four styles—classic, T-strap, Jelly Criss-Cross and Jelly Slide. All feature an EVA outsole that is 51% sugarcane-based.   “These flip-flops are partially made from […]

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Once-mothballed succinic acid plant running at double original output

Once-mothballed succinic acid plant running at double original output

August 30, 2021 |

In Sarnia, Ontario, a biobased succinic acid built that went offline in 2018 is getting new life thanks to a new, more efficient process from LCY Biosciences.  The Taiwan-based company tells The Sarnia Journal is has more than doubled the 8,000 metric tons per year of annual capacity achieved by BioAmber, the bankrupt former owner […]

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