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.
By Dr. Ashley Holding In March, coffee giant Starbucks announced the pilot of a range of compostable coffee cups in its stores in selected locations. But what are they made of, how are they different from other compostable coffee cups, and are they really sustainable? The idea originated from the NextGen Cup Challenge – a …
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?
In this article, we will discuss how common beliefs around bioplastics and biodegradability often conflict with reality and what role they might play in a circular economy.