Category: Chemicals & Materials

Unilever and Genomatica partner for palm oil alternatives

Unilever and Genomatica partner for palm oil alternatives

June 20, 2022 |

In San Diego, biobased chemicals producer Genomatica and consumer giant Unilever have announced a joint venture aimed at commercializing alternatives for palm oil and fossil fuel ingredients in cleaning and personal care products.  Supported by a $120-million investment by both companies, the unamed JV will develop an alternative, plant-based ingredient using biotechnology for what the […]

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SYNLawn introduces soybean-based putting green

SYNLawn introduces soybean-based putting green

June 20, 2022 |

In Georgia, soybean-based artificial grass maker SYNLawn has introduced a portable putting green to help golf enthusiasts practice their short game in a sustainable way.  According to the company, the Portable Golf Green with Fringe is “expertly designed” to provide customers with the most realistic putting surface.  “As the weather gets warmer, more and more […]

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Moolec targets first molecular farming Nasdaq listing

Moolec targets first molecular farming Nasdaq listing

June 20, 2022 |

In the UK, molecular farming pioneer Moolec Science plans to list on the Nasdaq through a business combination with special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) LightJump Acquisition Corp. Moolec develops animal proteins in plants using molecular farming, a scalable, affordable, and sustainable technology that produces animal proteins using plants as small factories.  The transaction sets Moolec’s […]

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Dutch bank offers mortgage discounts for renewable construction

Dutch bank offers mortgage discounts for renewable construction

June 20, 2022 |

In the Netherlands, building a home from straw or fungi could earn you a cheaper mortgage. Introduced by Triodos, a bank headquartered in Zeist, the “bio-based mortgage” provides a lower interest rate to homes bought or built using materials such as wood, flax, or fungi.  The bank estimates just 1-2% of buildings in the country […]

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Patagonia, HeiQ jointly develop mint oil odor control for fabric

Patagonia, HeiQ jointly develop mint oil odor control for fabric

June 20, 2022 |

In California, sustainable outdoor gear brand Patagonia and Switzerland’s HeiQ have developed mint-based textile odor control technology. Dubbed HeiQ Fresh MNT, the product uses a renewable and responsibly sourced mint oil-derived textile technology to control malodor development on textiles, providing fabrics with a long-lasting odor control capability. Based on test method ISO17299-3A using isovaleric acid, […]

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DOE hands out $39 million for carbon-storing building materials

DOE hands out $39 million for carbon-storing building materials

June 20, 2022 |

In Washington, DC, the Department of Energy has announced $39 million in R&D grants to 18 projects aimed at turning buildings into carbon storage.  Led by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, selectees for the Harnessing Emissions into Structures Taking Inputs from the Atmosphere program will prioritize overcoming barriers associated with carbon-storing buildings, including scarce, expensive […]

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adidas set to launch Yeezy-esque, Mars-inspired renewable slides

adidas set to launch Yeezy-esque, Mars-inspired renewable slides

June 13, 2022 |

In Germany, adidas is attempting to lure sneakerheads away from Kanye West’s iconic, algae-based Yeezy line with a renewable sandal offering of its own.  Technology and culture publication Input Mag calls the new Adilette 22 slides “every bit as good as Yeezy’s” and “just about” as hard to acquire.  “The shoe’s aesthetic strays from Adidas’s […]

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Flower power footwear: Grateful Dead sneaker and sandal line extended

Flower power footwear: Grateful Dead sneaker and sandal line extended

June 13, 2022 |

In California, novelty sandal brand Sanuk has launched the sixth iteration of its Grateful Dead-themed collection of sneakers and sandals  Replete with the expected earth tones, floral patterns, and Deadhead design details, the sandals and sneakers use hemp, cotton, recycled polyester, and algae foam wherever possible.  “This expansion of our partnership with the band embodies […]

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Coldplay-backed cultivated meat startup rebrands and raises $22 million

Coldplay-backed cultivated meat startup rebrands and raises $22 million

June 13, 2022 |

In San Francisco, a cultivated meat startup that counts rock group Coldplay among its investors has changed its name from Artemys Foods to SCiFi Foods and raised $22 million in a Series A funding round.  The company hopes to launch beef burgers made of both lab-grown cells and plant protein.  According to Green Queen, Andreessen […]

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“Budding” horticulturists can enjoy bioplastic garden playset

“Budding” horticulturists can enjoy bioplastic garden playset

June 13, 2022 |

Danish toymaker Dantoy has launched a biobased playset appropriately themed as a gardening kit.  Suitable for ages two and up, the Dantoy BioPlastic Gardening Kit includes a watering can, shovel, rake, two pots, two signs, and a sheet of stickers.  According to a product description on e-commerce site Smallable, the gardening kit is “perfect for […]

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