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DIC Corp. invests in algae-based protein maker

DIC Corp. invests in algae-based protein maker

July 11, 2022 |

In Chicago, a food tech company developing extracts and alternative proteins from algae has received funding from Tokyo’s DIC Corporation.  DIC says the unspecified investment in Back of the Yards Algae Sciences advances its position in “more sustainable and circular algae-derived products,” including natural food colorants, natural food additives, and biostimulants.  BYAS owns proprietary technology […]

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Wilson serves up sustainability with new tennis racket launch

Wilson serves up sustainability with new tennis racket launch

April 25, 2022 |

In Chicago, Wilson Sporting Goods has launched new sustainable offerings for tennis players, including performance rackets made from bioplastics, recycled plastics, and waterborne coatings.  Hans-Martin Reh, Global General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports, says in a press statement that the Earth Day Series of rackets are “thoughtfully crafted in a more sustainable manner, while not […]

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Coors Light ditches plastic rings

Coors Light ditches plastic rings

March 7, 2022 |

In Chicago, popular beer brand Coors Light will eliminate the plastic ring packaging that holds six packs together by the end of this year, and parent company Molson Coors plans to do the same across its North American brands by the end of 2025.  The move will require a nearly $85-million investment in packaging machinery […]

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ADM acquires Serbian soy protein company

ADM acquires Serbian soy protein company

November 29, 2021 |

In Chicago, agribusiness giant ADM has acquired Serbia’s Sojaprotein, a leading provider of non-GMO soy ingredients, for an undisclosed sum.  Founded in 1977, Sojaprotein produces vegetable protein ingredients for customers in the meat alternative, confectionary, protein bar, pharmaceutical, pet food, and animal feed segments. It recorded $100 million in sales in 2020 and exported to […]

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Northwestern University researchers develop CO2 capturing solid oxide fuel cells for ships

Northwestern University researchers develop CO2 capturing solid oxide fuel cells for ships

October 13, 2021 |

In Illinois, a Northwestern University research team offers a practical way to make ships CO2 neutral — or even CO2 negative — with CO2-capturing solid oxide fuel cells. After “burning” traditional carbon-based fuels, the fuel cell generates concentrated CO2 that can be stored on-board the ship. From there, the CO2 can either be sequestered or recycled into a renewable […]

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I’m Lovin’ It: McDonald’s to overhaul Happy Meal toys

I’m Lovin’ It: McDonald’s to overhaul Happy Meal toys

September 27, 2021 |

In Chicago, McDonald has announced that it is phasing out fossil fuel-based plastic from its Happy Meal toys in more than 100 countries as it transitions to mostly recycled and renewable plastics and sustainable fibers by 2025.  Specifically, it aims to reduce the use of traditional plastics by 90% compared to 2018. The company is […]

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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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Lab-grown mice meat a purrfect snack for your furry friend

Lab-grown mice meat a purrfect snack for your furry friend

August 16, 2021 |

In Chicago, cultured meat startup Because, Animals aims to launch a treat for cats in 2022 that contains lab-grown mouse meat.  Its first product, called Cultured Mouse Cookies for Cats, is ready for scale-up, although regulatory approval for commercial sales is still outstanding. The company is also working to develop lab-grown rabbit for dogs.  “The […]

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Meat without feet (or fins): Chicago company reports alternative seafood breakthrough

Meat without feet (or fins): Chicago company reports alternative seafood breakthrough

June 21, 2021 |

In Chicago, alternative seafood startup AquaCultured Foods claims to have produced the world’s first “whole muscle seafood alternative” via fermentation. The process uses fungi to produce seafood substitutes for products like calamari, shrimp, whitefish, and tuna.  “Plant-based seafood is an area that has been notoriously lacking in options,” says Anne Palermo, CEO and cofounder, AquaCultured […]

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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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