Monthly Archives: November 2020

Gouda idea: Cali company raises cash for animal-free cheese

In San Francisco, animal-free cheesemaker Change Foods has raised $875,000 in an oversubscribed, pre-seed funding round, according to Green Queen.  The company had initially targeted $600,000. Proceeds will be used to create Change Foods’ first prototype with the look, taste, … Continue reading

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ClearMeat targets clean meat adoption in India

In India, cell-based meat company ClearMeat has developed cultivated chicken mince that it hopes will address both the populous country’s increasing appetite for chicken and concerns for the environmental impact of this growing meat consumption.  Unlike most lab-grown meat makers, … Continue reading

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Waste crop innovation boosts photovoltaics output

In the Philippines, an engineering student has won the James Dyson Sustainability Award for an invention that turns waste crops into clean energy-generating building cladding.  Carvey Ehren Maigue developed AuReus by extracting luminescent particles from waste agricultural crops and suspending … Continue reading

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KFC Canada hatches plan to reduce plastic

In Canada, KFC is debuting biodegradable cutlery.  The ubiquitous purveyor of seven herbs and spices expects the switch to sporks made of bamboo, corn, and sugarcane will eliminate 40 million pieces of plastics from its waste stream. The new cutlery, … Continue reading

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Emissions-to-feed company set to build test unit in Netherlands

In the Netherlands, British biotechnology startup Deep Branch is building a production facility to make protein for fish and animal feed from carbon dioxide emissions.  Funded by a €2.5 million ($3 million) grant from EU Horizon 2020 – European Innovation … Continue reading

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Trash to trendy: UK project looks to convert waste into textiles

In the United Kingdom, a consortium of researchers is developing a process to convert household waste, biomass, and fabric into new textiles. They hope that the £5.4 million (USD$7.2 million) project with the Royal College of Art will help improve … Continue reading

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Malaysian medical glove maker develops greener option as pandemic rages

In Malaysia, a producer of medical gloves is hoping to address the environmental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing a natural rubber medical glove that biodegrades 100 times faster than its synthetic counterparts.  According to Meditech Gloves, 300 billion … Continue reading

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Graphene bioplastic boasts better biodegradability

In the United Kingdom, biotech firm Toraphene has developed a biodegradable plastic packaging incorporating graphene that it says will boost food safety and shelf-life. The material, also called Toraphene, is stronger, thinner, and has better permeability characteristics than current bioplastics.  … Continue reading

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Dutch authorities raid biodiesel marketer suspected of fraud

In the Netherlands, a company suspected of marketing biodiesel with forged certificates is once again under the eye of the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate (ILT). Due to large-scale fraud, biodiesel that is not produced sustainably is registered as a … Continue reading

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Farm Bureau leads coalition asking Congress for biofuel tax extenders

In Washington, the American Farm Bureau Federation and more than 60 other organizations are urging Congress to extend tax provisions that promote biofuel production, as well as craft breweries, wineries and distilleries. Among more than 30 temporary tax provisions, commonly … Continue reading

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Advanced Fuels Production from Engineered Biology: The Digest’s 2020 Multi-Slide Guide to Seawater-to-Fuels

As part 2 of the seawater-to-fuels discussion from DigestConnect last week, get an insider look at the breakthroughs the U.S. Navy project to produce renewable fuels from seawater using synthetic biology, as shared by Professor Nigel Scrutton of the UK Future Biomanufacturing … Continue reading

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Seeing the field: NFL star Tom Brady links with biodegradable eyewear company

In New York, “premium, timeless, and elegant eyewear” brand Christpher Cloos has tapped equally timeless NFL star Tom Brady to promote its line of 100% biodegradable eyeglasses.  The second Cloos x Brady collection, to be launched in Spring 2021, is … Continue reading

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Time for the steak harvest? Molecular farming looks to produce animal proteins in plants

In the United Kingdom, Moolec Science is looking to “molecular farm” by coaxing crops to create animal proteins. The company believes that by leveraging the scale of agriculture, the company can create meat more effectively than emerging cultured meat processes.  … Continue reading

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Seed-spreading firecrackers launched for Diwali

In India, a push for eco-friendly firecrackers for the Hindu Diwali celebration has led one pyrotechnics company to develop firecrackers that have the potential to grow plants after the festival has ended. Vadivel Pyrotechs Private Limited says the Seedstar Firecrackers … Continue reading

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From plate to plant: Colombian company sells pineapple-growing tableware

In Colombia, a disposable tableware company is creating life out of waste by selling plantable plates with embedded seeds.  More specifically, Lifepack is producing plates made from pineapple waste that can be added to soil and grow into pineapple plants.  … Continue reading

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Edible straw maker lands smoothie franchise

In the US, edible straw maker SORBOS has landed its first restaurant franchise deal. Tropical Smoothie Café will use the straws for a limited time, beginning November 11.   The 100% flavored and biodegradable plastic straw alternative is made of … Continue reading

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Carlo Ratti Associati rewrites pen design with compostable materials, edible ink

In Italy, design firm Carlo Ratti Associati has created an ecofriendly pen complete with compostable materials and edible ink.  The pen, developed for tech company Scribit, has a barrel made from wood, recycled aluminum, or biodegradable PHB plastic. The nib … Continue reading

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Boston team creates tableware that biodegrades in 60 days

In Boston, a team of Northeastern researchers have developed single-use tableware from bamboo and sugar waste that biodegrades in just 60 days.  Hongli Zhu, an assistant professor at Northeastern University, tells Fast Company she wanted to pursue biodegradable products after … Continue reading

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Cucumber peels found to be good feedstock for food packaging polymers

In India, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have converted cucumber peels into cellulose nanocrystals with the potential to be used in food packaging.  Prof. Jayeeta Mitra and N. Sai Prasanna tell EET India that their high-cellulose … Continue reading

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Pacific Ethanol to sell Idaho grain handling facilities at ethanol plant

In California, Pacific Ethanol, Inc. entered into an agreement with Liberty Basin, LLC to sell 134 acres, rail loop and grain handling assets at its Pacific Ethanol Magic Valley plant in Burley, Idaho for $10 million in cash, but Pacific … Continue reading

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