Category: Chemicals & Materials

Fruit peels used to make dissolvable tote bags

Fruit peels used to make dissolvable tote bags

May 3, 2021 |

In Germany, two design students have made see-through shopping totes that can be dissolved in water or used as fertilizer once the consumer is done with it.  Dubbed Sonnet155, the bag is the brainchild of Lobke Beckfeld and Johanna Hehemeyer-Cürten, both of whom are studying for master’s degrees at the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin.  […]

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Singapore design firm creates edible takeout container

Singapore design firm creates edible takeout container

May 3, 2021 |

In Singapore, design firm Forest & Whale has created single-use takeout packaging made from wheat husk and polyhydroxyalkanoate, a bioplastic made by bacteria. Dubbed Reuse, company cofounders Gustavo Maggio and Wendy Chua say the packaging can be composted or even eaten.   “While single-use plastic containers are convenient and quick to get rid of, they […]

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Researchers report 3D-printed microalgae breakthrough

Researchers report 3D-printed microalgae breakthrough

May 3, 2021 |

In New York and the Netherlands, researchers have successfully 3-D printed living algae to create a self-sustaining material that could have wide-ranging applications in everything from fashion to Mars colonization.  The breakthrough was the result of a collaboration between the University of Rochester and Delft University of Technology and involved treating living microalgae like ink […]

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Cultured Wagyu beef maker raises $5 million

Cultured Wagyu beef maker raises $5 million

May 3, 2021 |

In California, Orbillion Bio, a startup targeting lab-grown replacements for foodie cuts of meat like bison, elk and Wagyu beef, has raised $5 million.  The oversubscribed seed funding round included At One Ventures, k16 ventures, and FoundersX Ventures. The funds will be used to build a pilot production unit to culture Wagyu beef, a highly […]

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Algae-based tennis racket serve up sustainability

Algae-based tennis racket serve up sustainability

April 26, 2021 |

In Chicago, tennis giant Wilson has manufactured 422 rackets incorporating algae-based plastic and solvent-free coatings. Called the Naked series, each racket is priced at $499. Available models include the Blade 98 (16×19), Clash 100, Pro Staff 97 and Ultra 100.  Wilson will also donate $20,000 to sustainable apparel brand tentree—so named because it plants ten […]

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Vans exploring biobased alternatives for its classic sneakers

Vans exploring biobased alternatives for its classic sneakers

April 26, 2021 |

In California, classic skater sneaker brand Vans has committed to making 100% of its core materials regenerative, responsibly sourced, renewable or recycled by 2030.  The company’s plans include piloting and scaling regenerative agriculture practices on farms and ranches that produce rubber, cotton, and leather; exploring biobased alternatives with lower carbon footprints than traditional petroleum-based synthetic […]

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Syn bio firm raises half a billion in IPO

Syn bio firm raises half a billion in IPO

April 26, 2021 |

In California, synthetic biology firm Zymergen has raised $500 million in an initial public offering. Shares began trading Thursday on Nasdaq under the ticker ZY. The company sold 16.1 million shares at $31/share, giving it an enterprise value of $3.2 billion. The company had expected to sell 13.6 million shares for $28-$31/share.  The company reported […]

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Help the earth, twice: Polish startup introduces biodegradable hot cups with embedded tree seeds

Help the earth, twice: Polish startup introduces biodegradable hot cups with embedded tree seeds

April 26, 2021 |

In Poland, a Poznan-based startup has launched biodegradable coffee and tea cups that also contain tree seeds.  The company, dubbed Picup, says its cups are the first for hot beverages that are 100% biodegradable and plantable. The leftover coffee grounds or tea leaves become a natural fertilizer for the heat-resistant seeds. Conventional disposable cups for […]

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Development group to invest a cool billion to support North America’s bioeconomy expansion

Development group to invest a cool billion to support North America’s bioeconomy expansion

April 26, 2021 |

In North America, a coalition of biobased investors and capital market participants has announced it will deploy $1 billion in capital to support infrastructure and manufacturing within designated Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zones.  BDO zones are located in areas of the United States and Canada that have access to large amounts of surplus biomass and infrastructure […]

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Biobased acrylonitrile company founded in Alabama

Biobased acrylonitrile company founded in Alabama

April 26, 2021 |

In Alabama, a venture capital firm and a nonprofit research organization have founded a biobased chemicals company. Dubbed Trillium Renewable Chemicals, the company will leverage funding from Belgium’s Capricorn Partners and acrylonitrile production process technology licensed from Southern Research.  Acrylonitrile and its derivatives are found in many consumer and industrial goods like clothing, toys, car […]

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