Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have formulated polyurethane foams, made from algae oil, to meet commercial specifications for biodegradable midsole shoes and the foot-bed of flip-flops which they say will address plastic waste that ends up in landfills, on seashores and in our oceans.
Australia’s The Product Makers launches sugarcane extract boasting health benefits [Full subscriber]
Australian food flavouring company The Product Makers (TPM) has launched sugarcane extract Phytolin.
Bacterial enzymes exploited to synthesize complex diterpenes normally made by plants [Full subscriber]
Chemists at Scripps Research have efficiently created three families of complex, oxygen-containing molecules that are normally obtainable only from plants.
The biotech start-up Mi Terro has found a use for spoilt/expired milk by re-engineering its protein casein into biodegradable yarn for the clothing industry.
Aprinnova an Amyris joint venture, is commercializing plant-derived silica made from sugarcane ashes. Silica is used widely in personal care and cosmetics. It is traditionally sourced from non-renewable sand dredging, which requires significant energy consumption and emits large amounts of CO2.
Danish and French biotech start-ups Biosyntia and Lantana, respectively, through their collaboration, are moving closer to offering natural isoflavonoids made from a more pure and high-quality process that is also cheaper and more sustainable, according to the company’s press release.
US Navy partners with Cambium Biomaterials to produce bio-based fire-resistant composite materials [Registered]
US Naval Air Warfare Centre Weapons Division (NAWCWD) and Berkeley-based (California) start-up Cambium Biomaterials are collaborating to develop and produce new, biobased, flame-resistant materials that can both control the spread of flames and reduce the toxicity of the smoke from a fire in aircraft, ships, submarines, spacecraft, and other applications.
Itaconix, a leading innovator in bio-based functional ingredients for improving the safety and performance of everyday homecare, personal care and industrial products, recently announced that it had raised US$2.2 million from its shareholders.
For Spring/Summer 2021, underwear and sleepwear company Hanro is launching Pure Comfort, a loungewear collection for women made of 100% TENCEL™, a biobased fabric produced by Lenzing.