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Cambridge Spinoff Xampla To Launch Plastic-Free Sachets & Capsules Made From ‘Vegan Spider Silk’

4 Mins Read Xampla, the University of Cambridge spin-off startup, will soon introduce compostable plastic-free sachets and capsules made using a new “vegan spider silk” material. The new polymer material, which is plant-based, scalable and sustainably-made, has been developed by Cambridge researchers and could be used to replace single-use plastic items once and for all.  Scientists from Cambridge […]

Manila Agritech Fortuna Cools Bags Funding For Plastic-Free Upcycled Coconut Coolers

3 Mins Read Fortuna Cools, a Philippines-based agritech startup making sustainable coolers out of coconut fibre, has closed its round of seed funding. The company is backed by ADB Ventures, the impact investment arm of Asian Development Bank, and will be using the funds to ramp up production of its biodegradable plastic-free alternative to traditional styrofoam containers.  Manila-headquartered […]

Galy’s Lab-Grown Cotton Joins Fashion For Good’s New Sustainability Initiative

4 Mins Read In a recent announcement, Galy that grows cotton from cells instead of plants has joined the global sustainability initiative Fashion For Good for its new virtual exhibition titled ‘GROW’ that will showcase the future of fashion and its new alternative materials. Boston-based Galy has joined Amsterdam-based The Fashion for Good Museum in its latest virtual and […]

Levi’s Unveils Latest Campaign ‘Buy Better, Wear Longer’ To Encourage Sustainable Fashion Production Practices

4 Mins Read Recently, American denim brand Levi’s launched a new campaign ‘Buy Better, Wear Longer’ that features Jaden Smith, Xiye Bastida, Melati Wijsen, and Marcus Rashford among others, to raise awareness about the environmental impacts of the apparel industry. The multi-platform global ad campaign titled ‘Buy Better, Wear Longer’ focuses on creating quality clothing that lasts for generations by […]

Polish Startup Picup Launches Europe’s First 100% Biodegradable Plantable Coffee & Tea Cups

3 Mins Read Picup has launched its plantable paper cups in Poland, the first-of-its-kind in the country and across Europe. The Poznan-based startup’s 100% biodegradable cups of tea or coffee contain seeds at the bottom of the filter, allowing a tree to grow after the drink is consumed. Polish sustainable packaging startup Picup has introduced Europe’s first-ever plantable […]

Rethinking Materials: Industry Giants To Join Summit To Drive Circular Solutions For Plastics & Packaging

4 Mins Read Major brands from a cross-section of industries are set to come together for an upcoming summit focused on sustainable innovation in plastics and packaging. Taking place in May 19-20, the two-day virtual Rethinking Materials conference will see the likes of Unilever, PepsiCo and Colgate-Palmolive join sustainable startups and biotechs such as LanzaTech and Modern Meadow […]

Stella McCartney Debuts World’s First ‘Mylo’ Bustier & Trousers With Bolt Threads’s Mushroom Leather

4 Mins Read Stella McCartney has showcased the world’s first garments made using Mylo, the mushroom-based vegan leather developed by biomaterials startup Bolt Threads. Having previously created an animal-free bag with the innovative material, this time, the renowned British vegetarian designer has launched a black bustier top and utilitarian trousers. While the garments won’t be for sale, they […]

Rens Original: Would You Wear Sustainable Sneakers Made From Upcycled Coffee Grounds?

3 Mins Read Fancy coffee? Fancy coffee-made sneakers? Finland-based Rens Original, founded by Vietnamese duo Jesse Tran and Son Chu, takes your leftover coffee and upcycles the discarded grounds into seriously fashionable environmentally-friendly sneakers. Born in Ho Chi Minh City, Tran moved to Finland to study international business and logistics major while Son came to Finland’s Helsinki to […]

AirCarbon: This Regenerative BioMaterial Replaces Plastic & Captures More Emissions Than It Takes To Make It

4 Mins Read When Newlight Technologies was first set up, they didn’t know that this biomaterial could be possible. Simply put, their science didn’t exist. After a decade of research and development, the company has created AirCarbon – a certified carbon negative material that actually captures more greenhouse gas emissions than it emits into the atmosphere. This milestone, […]

Female-Founded Vegan Gelato Sacred Serve Debuts World’s First 100% Zero-Plastic Recyclable Ice Cream Cartons

4 Mins Read Sacred Serve, a Chicago-based female-founded vegan gelato startup has debuted the world’s first 100% recyclable ice cream cartons. Made from paper-based fibre, the new completely plastic-free cartons developed by London-headquartered packaging firm Delipac are also compostable and biodegradable.  Plant-based gelato brand Sacred Serve has debuted the world’s first completely plastic-free and recyclable ice cream cartons, […]

Mycotech: The Indonesian Startup Making Mushroom Leather Inspired By Tempeh

3 Mins Read Head over the Bandung, the city set in the middle of volcanoes and tea plantations in Indonesia, and you’ll find a startup working on turning waste into sustainable animal-free leather. Called Mycotech Lab, the company was inspired by tempeh, the traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans, and came up with its own technology to […]

‘Shroom FitBit: Processors In Tech Wearables Could Be Replaced With Fungi Mycelium, New Study Finds

4 Mins Read In a recent study titled ‘Reactive fungal wearable‘, researchers explore the use of fungi as a potential candidate to produce sustainable textiles that can be used as eco-friendly bio wearables, for instance, the processors in tech wearables like Fitbits could be replaced by incorporating mushroom mycelium. The joint research venture undertaken by the University of […]

Israeli Startup TIPA Bags US$4M For Its Compostable Flexible Food Packaging

3 Mins Read TIPA, an Israeli startup developing sustainable packaging solutions, has just raised US$4 million from the Millennium Food-Tech, a Tel Aviv-listed investment vehicle. The company’s breakthrough material innovation technology offers a compostable packaging solution for food that can replace existing difficult-to-recycle flexible plastic films on the market.  Securing US$4 million from Millennium Food-Tech, which came shortly […]

Bacardi Swaps Petroleum Plastics For Danimer’s 100% Biodegradable PHA Plant Bottles

3 Mins Read Bacardi, the world’s biggest family-owned spirits brand famous for its white rum, has announced that it will be replacing its existing plastic packaging for a new 100% biodegradable bottle. Partnering with Danimer Scientific, the developer of the new PHA-based bottles, the spirits giant says that it will be putting the “world’s most sustainable spirits bottle […]

Circular Fashion: H&M, Patagonia, PVH Back Biotech That Allows For Limitless Textile Recycling

3 Mins Read Six of the world’s most well-known brands have recently endorsed Infinited Fiber Company, a Finnish biotech that has developed a circular solution that turns discarded textiles into high-quality, bio-based regenerated fibres. Among the group of companies backing Infinited Fiber are H&M Group, Bestseller, PVH, Wrangler, Suominen and Patagonia. The recycling system gives apparel waste new […]