Category: Chemicals & Materials

Dutch company set to launch shoe made from wine waste

Dutch company set to launch shoe made from wine waste

July 27, 2020 |

In the Netherlands, footwear company Mercer Amsterdam has announced it will launch a sneaker made from wine waste, recycled polyethylene terephthalate, and algae-based ethylene vinyl acetate. Dubbed W3RD Wine Pack, Mercer Amsterdam partnered with Vegea for the wine waste material. The company says the soft vegan leather is made from the waste skins, stalks, and […]

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Veja to launch another line of vegan sneakers

Veja to launch another line of vegan sneakers

July 27, 2020 |

In France, shoe brand Veja is set to launch a vegan sneaker manufactured using corn waste. Dubbed Urca, the shoe is the next generation of Veja’s V-12 leather trainers. The vegan leather is made from 50% corn waste and waxed canvas, while the laces are organic cotton. The sneakers are part of the company’s fall/winter […]

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Startup develops hand sanitizer with extended COVID-19 protection

Startup develops hand sanitizer with extended COVID-19 protection

July 27, 2020 |

In California, CAGE Bio Inc. says it has discovered a novel hand sanitizer that kills germs on contact and provides more than four hours of protection against COVID-19. The sanitizer contains ethyl alcohol to remove contamination and a proprietary ionic liquid technology comprised of natural compounds—called IonLast—that extends antiviral protection. Conventional hand sanitizers only offer […]

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Designers display wide range of biobased innovations at home goods show

Designers display wide range of biobased innovations at home goods show

July 27, 2020 |

In Germany, a recent trade show has illustrated how “all in” the home goods is on incorporating renewable materials into products. Heimtextil 2020, held in pre-pandemic Frankfurt, featured products manufactured using everything from banana waste to fig bark. Qwstion, headquartered Switzerland, showcased cloth totes made with its Banatex-brand banana-plant fiber, while the Netherland’s Nienk Hoogvliet […]

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Dow, Thong Guan launch biobased cling film in Asia Pacific

Dow, Thong Guan launch biobased cling film in Asia Pacific

July 27, 2020 |

In Singapore, plastics giant Dow and cling-film maker Thong Guan have introduced a biobased polyethylene plastic stretch film for the Asia-Pacific market. Under the terms of their collaboration, Thong Guan will be using Dow’s biobased linear low-density polyethylene resin made from tall oil, a residue of paper production, to produce the Nano Bio range of […]

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Geltor reportedly raises $90 million as investors stay bullish on bioproducts

Geltor reportedly raises $90 million as investors stay bullish on bioproducts

July 27, 2020 |

In California, vegan collagen maker Geltor has reportedly raised $90 million. An individual familiar with the situation revealed the financing to Tech Crunch, but did not identify the lead investor. Geltor’s products allow cosmetics, skincare, and food companies to replace lanolin from wool grease, squalene from shark liver oil, and gelatin from animal byproducts with […]

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KFC expects consumers to flock to chicken substitute

KFC expects consumers to flock to chicken substitute

July 20, 2020 |

In Kentucky, fried chicken mainstay KFC is leaning into plant-based meat substitutes, signing a collaboration in 3D bioprinting and aggressively expanding its Beyond Fried Chicken product to larger markets. TechCrunch notes that the company recently provided its closely guarded 11 herbs and spices to Russia’s 3D Bioprinting Solutions to begin testing whether lab-cultured chicken cells […]

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Into the belly of the beast: Beyond Meat launches in beef-loving Brazil

Into the belly of the beast: Beyond Meat launches in beef-loving Brazil

July 20, 2020 |

In California, plant-based meat trailblazer Beyond Meat has announced plans to expand into Brazil with its Beyond Burger, Beyond Sausage, and Beyond Beef products. “As the third-largest market in the world in terms of animal meat consumption, Brazil offers significant opportunity for plant-based meat adoption,” the company says in a press release. The initial rollout […]

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Green decree: France says all new public buildings must be 50% renewable by 2022

Green decree: France says all new public buildings must be 50% renewable by 2022

July 20, 2020 |

In France, the French government has issued a mandate that half of all materials used to construct new public buildings must be timber or other natural materials by 2022. The sustainability decree is especially important ahead of construction related to Paris hosting the Olympics in 2024.  “We made this commitment for the Olympic Games,” the […]

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Johnny Walker goes green with paper packaging

Johnny Walker goes green with paper packaging

July 20, 2020 |

In the United Kingdom, libations leader Diageo announced it has created paper-based packaging for spirits, which it will roll out for the popular Johnnie Walker brand in early 2021. Developed in partnership with Pilot Lite, the packaging is made entirely from sustainably sourced wood. “We are constantly striving to push the boundaries within sustainable packaging […]

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