Bioplastics, Fashion, Plastics

‘Plant-Based’ Plastic Leathers: An Update, According to Science

By Dr. Ashley Holding Background The rise of plant-based leather alternatives appears unstoppable. There is growing interest in cruelty-free, plant-based and low carbon alternatives to conventional leather, especially as veganism and climate conscious buying become top priorities.  Established media is picking up on it, too. Only a few days ago, The New York Times hosted …

Bioplastics, Packaging, Plastics

‘Plant-Based’ Bottles: A Solution to Plastic?

In a recent flurry of media articles, a revolutionary new project was announced to develop plant-based bottles by utilising a new material developed by Dutch company Avantium, which had the support of a number of high-profile brand partners including Carlsberg, Coca-Cola, Danone and L’Oréal. British media wondered if this new material was the end of plastic entirely or more specifically, the end of plastic bottles as we know them. So what is this new material, where does it come from, and how sustainable is it?