A group of researchers led by Francesca Kerton from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada have developed an earth-friendly polymer that is similar to polyurethane using fish bones and guts. "This degrades faster than conventional polyurethanes because the lipid, the fish oil, we are using as a building block contains esters, and that group is fantastic for encouraging biodegradation because they are very easy to do a hydrolysis reaction on and that starts to break apart carbon-oxygen and carbon-carbon bonds in the structure," said Kerton.
Adidas will debut a line of its classic Stan Smith sneakers later this year made of vegan mycelium-based Mylo leather. The use of the vegan leather, which is derived from mushrooms, is part of the retailer's bigger sustainability goals focused on ending plastic waste, the company said.
DevoHome, a design company in Kyiv, Ukraine, has created a biodegradable faux fur using hemp fibers and viscose. "The whole world is protesting against animal fur and then started protesting against synthetic fur, which is made of chemical and petroleum products. So, by creating plant-based fur, we solve all these issues with animal and synthetic fur," said Oksana Devoe, managing partner of DevoHome.
Grounded Packaging, founded by Australian entrepreneurs Ben Grant and Josh Kempton, has created BioPE, a food packaging alternative made from sugar cane fibers. "It can be manufactured using traditional manufacturing equipment, and the raw material is starting to become more and more abundant," said Grant.
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Corn and oil industry groups are being asked by the Environmental Protection Agency to provide their input on the country's biofuel policy once its current phase ends in 2022, said four sources familiar with the matter.
As part of its efforts to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, two low-carbon types of coffee beans have been developed by Nestle. "Thanks to the expertise of our plant scientists in selection and classical breeding, and by leveraging our rich collection of coffee varieties, we were able to develop this new generation of low carbon and drought-resistant coffee plants," said Stefan Palzer, Nestle's chief technical officer.