Meet The 12 Next-Gen Food Techs Transforming The Future Of Protein

6 Mins Read Today (August 11), Big Idea Ventures (BIV) announces the launch of its second food technology accelerator program in New York City and Singapore. This year’s cohort includes 12 early-stage startups working in the plant-based and cell-based space, innovating new technologies that will be vital if we are to successfully shift towards a more sustainable food […]

Found: First CBD Concept Store & Café Opens In Hong Kong

3 Mins Read With Found, Hong Kong welcomes the city’s first CBD café and boutique concept store. Opened in June this year, the shop offers an entire range of CBD and hemp-derived products, from oils and tinctures to capsules and even CBD-infused dog treats. While CBD has long been having a huge moment on the global stage, it […]

Bill Gates: Climate Change Will Be Worse Than Coronavirus

5 Mins Read In a note penned by Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, investor and philanthropist warns the world that the climate crisis could bring about even more destruction than the current coronavirus pandemic. We must learn the lessons of this current public health emergency in order to respond to future global threats, Gates warns. On August 4, […]

Mount Everest At Risk: Climate Change Causing Himalayas Glacier Melting

5 Mins Read By: T. V. Padma India’s first regional climate change assessment warns of accelerated glacier melt. Climate change has hastened glacial melting across the Hindu Kush Himalaya region, home to some of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mount Everest. According to India’s first assessment of climate change, the country’s glaciers—and water resources—will be at further risk without local […]

Galápagos: The Reality Of Our Insatiable Demand For Seafood

12 Mins Read This article is republished with permission from OceansAsia, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit organisation dedicated to ocean conservation and exposing wildlife crimes and activities that are polluting our marine ecosystems. By: OceansAsia The BIG Issue Over the past few weeks social media has erupted over a large Chinese squid fleet operating near the Galapagos Islands along […]

Chinese Fishing Vessels Near Galápagos Raise Fears Over Wildlife Destruction

3 Mins Read Around 260 Chinese fishing fleets were recently detected in the seas surrounding the Galápagos islands off the coast of Ecuador. The vast armarda of fishing vessels in the biodiverse Pacific islands has raised alarm bells over the fishing practices that conservationists say could severely damage the region’s protected marine ecosystem.  In late July, the Ecuadorian […]

Omnipork: Shanghai Wonton Chain Launches Plant-Based Dumplings At 500 Locations

2 Mins Read Gll Wonton (吉祥馄饨), a Shanghainese wonton and noodle chain, has partnered with Green Monday to launch Omnipork dumplings across 500 locations in the city. It comes after supermarket giant Aldi China began rolling out Omnipork ready meals in Shanghai, representing yet another sign of the growing demand for plant-based options amongst mainstream Chinese consumers.  Fast […]

Levi’s Launches Most Sustainable Jean Yet Made With Circulose

3 Mins Read Levi’s, perhaps one of the most famous denim brands in the world, has just launched what it calls its “most sustainable jean ever”. Available through the brand’s Wellthread collection, the jean is made using organic cotton and Circulose, a material made from recycling worn-out old denim fabrics.  Debuted in late July, the new jeans by […]

Joaquin Phoenix & Rooney Mara To Produce Film On Animal Ag & Zoonotic Pandemics

3 Mins Read Hollywood actors Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are producing a new documentary movie called The End of Medicine, which will focus on the link between animal agriculture and zoonotic diseases. The production of the film began in October last year, before the current coronavirus pandemic brought the world to a standstill, and is predicted to […]

Google Parent Alphabet Issues US$5.75B In Sustainability Bonds

2 Mins Read Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has just issued US$5.75 billion in sustainability bonds, in what it claims is the biggest green bond issued by any firm to date. The proceeds will support investments in both environmental and social initiatives and will not be allocated to any of Google’s activities.  As a part of a US$10 […]

What If We All Go Beyond (Meat)? Food Tech’s First TV Ad Stars Octavia Spencer Imagining A Slaughter-Free Future

3 Mins Read Beyond Meat recently broadcasted its first-ever TV commercial starring Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. Aired on Spectrum Sportsnet during the Lakers vs. Jazz game, the Hidden Figures actress asked viewers “what if?” and also featured a cameo from NFL player Todd Gurley. For the food tech giant, the point of the advert was to prove that […]

Vegan Women Summit Seeks To Break Bias & Discrimination In Food Tech

3 Mins Read The Vegan Women Summit (VWS) is a first-of-its-kind summit designed to inspire and empower female plant-based change makers across different industries, from food tech to animal activism. After hosting its inaugural summit in February this year, the VWS is continuing to make an impact through virtual events, talks and conferences. It recently organised an online […]

Hong Kong Startup Føerni Launches City’s First Furniture Rental Service

3 Mins Read Føerni is a Hong Kong-based online furniture subscription platform where customers can rent out high-quality furniture, home appliances and electronics, marking the first of its kind in the city. The launch of the platform comes at a time when consumers are becoming increasingly mindful about their home environment as they spend more time indoors amid […]

BP Using Low-Carbon Transition Fund Cash For Fossil Fuels Tech, Investigation Finds

3 Mins Read Multinational oil giant BP is spending money from its “low carbon transition” fund on companies that are developing novel ways to find and use fossil fuels, according to an investigation by Greenpeace U.K.’s journalism team Unearthed. The findings casts even greater doubt on the authenticity of BP’s already dubious claims about greening its operations.  An […]

Plant-Based Diet Shift Could Bring 19 Million Jobs To Latin America

3 Mins Read Research has found that a net zero emissions future in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be primarily driven by a transition towards plant-based diets, which in turn will open up as many as 19 million new jobs in the region by 2030. Altogether, the researchers predict that if a carbon neutral economy is […]

Refashioned: Upcycled Couture Service Allows You To Design Your Own Circular Fashion

3 Mins Read Hong Kong-based upcycled fashion brand The R Collective has just launched its first-ever “made-on-demand” collection. Called Refashioned, the collection is made from rescued waste fabrics and customers can select their size, style and materials for their tailored garment. By only making pieces that are in demand, this business model further reduces waste by limiting excess […]

Nigeria’s First Plant-Based Company VeggieVictory Attracts Angel Investment

3 Mins Read Nigeria’s first plant-based food tech VeggieVictory has attracted international investment from a number of veterans in the vegan industry. Now, the vegan company has set its sights on expanding into more African countries and leading the plant-based movement in the continent through its alternative protein products.  Founded in 2013 by Bola Adeyanju and Hakeem Jimo, […]

Aldi: First Grocery Chain In Australia To Identify Modern Slavery Risks

3 Mins Read Aldi Australia has released its Modern Slavery Statement, making it the first supermarket chain in the country to do so. The report highlighted that the prevalence and risk of modern slavery in the country is higher than previously thought, even in Australia’s local supply chains such as fresh produce.  On Friday (July 31), Aldi Australia […]