Bacteria + Food Waste = Leather

With vegan leather, material circularity further confirms its growing role in product design.

The trend toward material circularity continues to expand from furniture to fashion. This article features Polybion’s use of bacteria and food waste to produce an environmentally friendly cellulose membrane. That membrane can then be tanned to become vegan leather. Not only is this leather easier to produce than competing fungi-based products, but it is also more versatile and scalable. Therefore, the product […]

The Dark Side of Online Returns

Returning online items is so easy. And wasteful.

Before their delivery to your home, products may have already left a substantial carbon footprint: production, packaging, shipping through a network of distribution centers, and last-mile delivery to your doorstep. When the items are returned, they enter the reverse supply chain: further transportation to middlemen, reprocessing and redistribution, or in many cases, incineration or a trip to the landfill. Under pressure to be more environmentally and socially conscious, Amazon has launched new initiatives […]

The Ford Maverick Pickup Is Built to Last!

If you have not placed an order for a 2022 Maverick pickup yet, it is already too late.

The chip shortage has hit the automotive industry quite hard, as shared in the OM in the News post, Chip Shortage Puts the Brakes on Automakers. Other posts have featured how the industry has adapted. For example, Tesla makes its own chips, and Ford has switched to a build-to-order strategy. As it turns out, Ford […]

Goodbye, Fast Fashion. Here Comes Circular Fashion!

Recycled clothes may become the next big thing.

Societal trends compel the fashion industry to reinvent itself continuously. Not too long ago, the fashion retail industry gave old clothes a new life, as shown in the OM Newsletter post, Old is the New Chic at Nordstrom. Now, the textile industry is pushing forward with a “circle of life.” Using the paper and pulp industry technology, Renewcell is recycling old clothes into new fabrics. Fashion giants H&M, Inditex, and […]

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