Plant-based bottles, made from sustainable plant sugars, could be on supermarket shelves by 2023

Plant-based bottles, made from sustainable plant sugars, which would decompose in a year when composted, are being developed by renewable chemicals company Avantium. The Netherlands-based biochemicals company plans to break down sustainable plant sugars from corn, wheat or beets into simple chemical structures that can then be rearranged to form a new plant-based plastic. The plant plastic, which is designed to be resilient enough to … Continue reading Plant-based bottles, made from sustainable plant sugars, could be on supermarket shelves by 2023

Guide to Electronic Waste Recycling [Visual] — ecogreenlove

Electronics is becoming one of the fastest-growing solid waste streams in the world. As devices become more accessible and affordable, more and more of these items go into landfills. Technology aims to make lives easier. There’s nothing inherently wrong with wanting to live more efficiently, but the detrimental environmental effects of consuming electronics at a rapid rate can no longer be ignored. What’s worse, electronic … Continue reading Guide to Electronic Waste Recycling [Visual] — ecogreenlove

Benin-based business turns cashew nut shell waste into a balm for use in paints and industrial products

A Benin-based company has found a way to recycle cashew nut shell waste, which is otherwise harmful to the soil and the atmosphere due to its acidic oil content, by turning it in to a liquid balm for use in the paint and aeronautics industries. Food company Fludor began production of cashew balm at its Benin-based cashew facility last year. Cashew oil is, which is … Continue reading Benin-based business turns cashew nut shell waste into a balm for use in paints and industrial products

Indonesian startup Evo & Co creating edible seaweed-based cups and other sustainable alternatives to plastic

An Indonesian startup behind the edible seaweed-based cup Ello Jello is expanding its business to provide solutions to end plastic pollution by creating campaigns and offering a range of sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic items. Evo & Co, which was founded in 2016, makes cups and other containers from farmed seaweed free of chemicals and other natural ingredients, as a biodegradable alternative to plastic packaging. … Continue reading Indonesian startup Evo & Co creating edible seaweed-based cups and other sustainable alternatives to plastic

Lactips: French startup create milk protein-based plastic substitute for use in packaging

French startup Lactips has developed a plastic substitute in the form of pellets made from cow’s milk protein which can be used to make 100% natural packaging for detergents, and cleaning products. The water-soluble thermoplastic pellets made from milk protein, casein, are fully biodegradable. The Saint-Étienne-based startup developed the pellets as a cleaner alternative to oil-based products. Lactips aims to set up a new recycling … Continue reading Lactips: French startup create milk protein-based plastic substitute for use in packaging

Air New Zealand trials edible biscuit-style coffee cups on select flights

Air New Zealand is trialling edible coffee cups, which are vanilla-flavoured and can withstand the heat of coffee without melting, in a bid to reduce the amount of waste on board its planes.  New Zealand’s national carrier have teamed up with local family-run business, Twiice, to offer passengers edible plant-based cups in its lounges in Auckland and on some select trans-Tasman flights. Although the airline … Continue reading Air New Zealand trials edible biscuit-style coffee cups on select flights

Reducing Packaging Waste: 4 Ways your Business can Make a Difference — ecogreenlove

Packaging waste continues to be a major concern here in the U.S. and across the world. With so many products moving through the supply chain, the packages used to deliver these products can have a sizeable effect on the environment. Throwing packages away instead of recycling them and generating product packaging from scratch will only make matters worse, boosting carbon emissions and polluting the planet … Continue reading Reducing Packaging Waste: 4 Ways your Business can Make a Difference — ecogreenlove

Apeel: Natural plant-derived coatings that extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and end reliance on plastic packaging

Food technology start-up Apeel Sciences has developed plant-derived coatings that fresh food growers, suppliers, and retailers can use to keep produce fresh, heralding in a natural solution to packaging and an end to single-use plastics. Made of plant-derived materials such as lipids and glycerolipids that exist already in the peels, seeds, and pulp of fruits and vegetables, Apeel adds a layer of plant-derived protection to … Continue reading Apeel: Natural plant-derived coatings that extend the shelf life of fruits and vegetables and end reliance on plastic packaging