Category: Chemicals & Materials

Wisconsin startup raises $1.6 million for lab-grown lobster

Wisconsin startup raises $1.6 million for lab-grown lobster

April 12, 2021 |

In Wisconsin, Cultured Decadence hopes to replace succulent, but pricey, lobster meat with a lab-grown alternative.  The efforts of cofounders  John Pattison and Ian Johnson come as warming oceans, rising sea levels, and storm surges disrupt traditional lobster hubs such as Maine.  “Increasing acidification and warming oceans have a detrimental impact on these animals and […]

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Fat fundraising: “Kosher bacon” startup raises $24 million

Fat fundraising: “Kosher bacon” startup raises $24 million

April 12, 2021 |

In California, lab-grown meat startup Mission Barns is focusing on fat but hopes in the longer term to be the first to claim production of kosher bacon.  “I grew up in Israel and a lot of my family won’t eat pork products, so it’s an area of particular interest for me,” Eitan Fischer, company CEO […]

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Reese Witherspoon partners with Amyris to champion clean skincare

Reese Witherspoon partners with Amyris to champion clean skincare

April 12, 2021 |

In California, synthetic biology and renewable chemicals maker Amyris has partnered with acting powerhouse Reese Witherspoon to promote clean beauty products.  Witherspoon, whose credits include Legally Blonde and Little Big Lies, will be the global brand ambassador for Amyris’s Biossance line of sustainable skincare products.  “I have always been conscious of what’s being put on […]

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Time for change: Swatch watch incorporates castor oil bioplastic

Time for change: Swatch watch incorporates castor oil bioplastic

April 12, 2021 |

In Switzerland, trendy watch maker Swatch is staying on point with fashion trends by introducing a five-piece collection of timepieces featuring bioceramics.  The material mixes conventional ceramic with a bioplastic derived from castor oil and is used in the casing of its Big Bold watch, available in black, white, light grey, sky blue and powder […]

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H&M launches shoe line with banana fiber and grape leather

H&M launches shoe line with banana fiber and grape leather

April 12, 2021 |

In Sweden, fast-fashion giant H&M has partnered with shoe maker Good News to more broadly market footwear incorporating banana fiber, grape leather, and recycled materials.  The unisex collection includes seven trainers and one slider style featuring waterproof fiber Bananatex  and grape waste leather Vegea. Other materials include recycled cotton and Bloom Algae EVA made from […]

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Singapore joint venture targets spider silk streetwear

Singapore joint venture targets spider silk streetwear

April 12, 2021 |

In Singapore, a consortium of companies have founded Spydasilk Enterprises to develop and commercialize luxury streetwear made from spider silk.  Spydasilk owners are spider silk producer Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc., trading company Kings Golden Harvest Pte Ltd., and Kings Golden Harvest streetwear subsidiary M the Movement.  “Based on our initial efforts, there is a definite […]

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Biobased adult toy makes sustainability sexy

Biobased adult toy makes sustainability sexy

April 5, 2021 |

In Berlin, boudoir brand Womanizer has launched a renewable and biodegradable adult toy line called Premium Eco. Developed in partnership with British singer/songwriter Lily Allen, the toy is made from the corn starch-based biopolymer biolene.  Womanizer also launched a $20,000 kickstarter, the proceeds of which will go to the nonprofit One Tree Planted. “The Womanizer […]

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Danimer plans $700-million bioplastic plant

Danimer plans $700-million bioplastic plant

April 5, 2021 |

In Georgia, bioplastic maker Danimer Scientific has announced a $700-million investment in polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) production capacity at Bainbridge.  The announcement closely follows Danimer signing a partnership with Mars-Wrigley to develop home-compostable plastic packaging for the latter’s iconic SKITTLES candy brand.  “Georgia companies like Danimer continue to lead the way toward a green manufacturing future, and […]

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Canadian researchers make polyurethane alternative from fish guts

Canadian researchers make polyurethane alternative from fish guts

April 5, 2021 |

In Newfoundland, researchers at Memorial University have described a process to turn fish heads, bones, skin and guts into a biodegradable replacement for polyurethane.  The researchers first extracted oil from Atlantic salmon waste polymer, then added oxygen to form epoxides. When reacted with carbon dioxide, the epoxides become connected by nitrogen-containing amines, creating a new […]

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Mushroom for growth: Fungi firm raises $60 million

Mushroom for growth: Fungi firm raises $60 million

April 5, 2021 |

In New York, mycelium-based materials firm Ecovative has raised $60 million to add capacity and advance development and commercialization in textiles, packaging and food sectors.  The Series D round brings Ecovative’s total funding to $100 million. It was led by Viking Global Investors, and Senator Investment Group, Trousdale Ventures, and AiiM Partners also participated.  Mycelium […]

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