Turning Plastic Grocery Bags into Sustainable Fuel

Website Link (Article by Larry Frum) More than 300 million tons of plastic waste are produced annually, which causes serious environmental issues because of plastic’s life cycle and the difficulty of eliminating it. Consequently, most plastic waste ends up in either a landfill or the ocean. A significant number of plastics break down into microplastics,Continue reading “Turning Plastic Grocery Bags into Sustainable Fuel”

Transparent Packaging Achieves First 100% rPET Carton

Website Link (Article by Rick Lingle) The 100% barrier for post-consumer recycle (PCR) content for transparent recycled PET (rPET) plastic folding cartons has been attained. The new sustainably-enhanced product was introduced by custom plastic box manufacturer Printex Transparent Packaging (PTP), which is the largest such company in North America. The Eco-PET 100 folding carton is made fromContinue reading “Transparent Packaging Achieves First 100% rPET Carton”

Researchers Have Developed a Chameleon-Inspired Solution to Keep Fish Fresh

Website Link (Article by Tara DiMaio) Red light, green light. Your first thought may be Squid Game, but these two colors are part of new food technology used for real squid. Researchers invented a material that changes color to measure how fresh seafood is, inspired by (you guessed it) chameleons. It can save consumers from eating spoiled fish andContinue reading “Researchers Have Developed a Chameleon-Inspired Solution to Keep Fish Fresh”

Cold plasma for the preservation of aquatic food products: An overview

Website Link (Article by Rathod et. al. 2021) ABSTRACT Cold plasma (CP) is an upcoming technology implemented for the preservation of highly perishable foods, especially aquatic food products (AFPs). The high moisture content, high-quality protein with all essential amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids makes AFP more susceptible to microbial spoilage and oxidation of lipidsContinue reading “Cold plasma for the preservation of aquatic food products: An overview”

Commercialization of next-generation biomaterials

Website Link (Article by Rachel Arthur) The Coca-Cola Company, Changchun Meihe Science & Technology and UPM have announced the first planned commercialization of new tech to create plant-based monoethylene glycol (bMEG): which can replace traditional oil-based MEG in PET bottles. The tech will allow the companies to efficiently convert second-generation biomass to the plant-based bMEG:Continue reading “Commercialization of next-generation biomaterials”

The City of Lancaster Approves 2.8 Million Square Foot High-Tech Sustainable Glass Farm

Website Link (Article by City of Lancaster) The City of Lancaster is excited to announce that Bluehouse Greenhouse, Inc. (BHGH) is coming to the City to build a 62-acre greenhouse production facility that uses leading-edge technology to sustainably grow fruits and vegetables. “The BHGH facility will use an advanced closed loop sustainable ecosystem design to create theContinue reading “The City of Lancaster Approves 2.8 Million Square Foot High-Tech Sustainable Glass Farm”

Bovine and ovine meat co-products valorisation opportunities: A systematic literature review

Website Link (Journal by Shirsath et. al. 2021) Highlights Meat co-products can be a valuable source of biomass. They can be used to produce food, feed, fibre, fuel and fertilizer. They also have many high value applications, e.g. bio-medical and oleo-chemical. Valorisation will require changes to industry operational and business practices. The industry can addressContinue reading “Bovine and ovine meat co-products valorisation opportunities: A systematic literature review”

How Kingdom Supercultures is Using AI to Create a New Generation of Novel Ingredients

Website Link (Article by Michael Wolf) Last week, Kingdom Supercultures, a company that assembles new novel combinations of naturally-occurring microbes into a new class of ingredients called supercultures, announced a $25 million funding round. The new funding round comes after a $3.5 million round the company raised in 2020. Unlike many computational biology startups that haveContinue reading “How Kingdom Supercultures is Using AI to Create a New Generation of Novel Ingredients”

The use of soluble gas stabilization technology on food – A review

Website Link (Article by Esmaeilian et. al. 2021) Highlights Consumer demand for minimally processed foods is rising. Thermal and non-thermal methods tend to reduce food quality for extending shelf life. Soluble gas stabilization technology improves conventional food treatments efficacy. Soluble gas stabilization combined with conventional food treatments is reviewed. Abstract Background Increasing the shelf lifeContinue reading “The use of soluble gas stabilization technology on food – A review”

‘Potatoes with purpose’: First carbon neutral spud produced for UK market

Website Link (Article by Flora Southey) Grown using sustainable farming practices and packaged in plastic-free bags, the carbon neutral spuds will be the first of many products to tackle the food industry’s ‘huge impact’ on climate change, hopes Puffin Produce CEO Huw Thomas. Grown by Puffin Produce in Pembrokeshire, Wales, Root Zero potatoes have achievedContinue reading “‘Potatoes with purpose’: First carbon neutral spud produced for UK market”