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It’s so hard to make blue jeans without nasty chemicals.

Bloomberg reports on several initiatives to make textiles and other consumer goods more environmental. Many companies, such as Levi Strauss & Co. are looking at safer, more green alternatives to make their signature jeans. The article includes some insight from Monica Becker of the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) and describes the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry group which involves Levi’s, Patagonia, Steelcase, and Mango Materials. Students at the center are working with these companies to develop safer materials. To read the entire Bloomberg article, click here.

Molly to participate in High Water Women event on 10/18/16

Molly will be presenting at the High Water Women (HWW) fourth annual Symposium on Impact Investing in New York at the City of New York Graduate Center on October 18. 2016. HWW is a not for profit volunteer organization with a focus on empowering women and youth. This year’s Symposium builds on the themes which HWW has been developing since it first launched its impact symposium program in 2013: the practical realities of building an impact portfolio, the opportunities, challenges and latest developments in impact investing and women in the impact investment market-place and will feature keynote speaker Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. To read more about the event, click here.

DOE: 5 bioenergy businesses selected for round two of SBV pilot

Biomass Magazine featured 5 companies that received funding from the Department of Energy as part of the Small Business Vouchers program. According to the article, these “bioenergy collaborations will focus on cleaner methods of producing biochemicals, including developing biodegradable substitutes for conventional, oil-based plastics, as well as developing more energy efficient and carbon-conserving methods of producing biofuels.” The companies featured include Avatar Sustainable Technologies, HelioBioSys, Mango Materials, Virent Inc., and ZymoChem. To read the full article, click here.

The Daily Californian features eight companies working with Berkeley Labs as part of Small Business Voucher Program

Mango Materials was among the companies featured in the Daily Californian article from August 22, 2016. These businesses will be assigned to work with two to five scientists from the Berkeley Lab along with obtaining access to the lab’s equipment. For the round 2 of the Small Business Vouchers program, the DOE awarded a total of $1.1 million to the businesses, with each voucher between $50,000 and $300,000. Mango Materials’ CEO, Molly Morse, provided background for the article and discussed how important a program like this is to small businesses in manufacturing. Read the full Daily Californian article here.  

Five companies receive $1M total for Round 2 of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Small Business Vouchers Pilot

Mango Materials was one of five companies featured in the EIN News press release surrounding the DOE’s Small Business Vouchers program. Other companies featured include ZymoChem (Berkeley and Emeryville, CA), HelioBioSys (Woodside, CA), Virent (Madison, WI), and Avatar Sustainable Technologies (Syracuse, NY). Each of these companies are partnered with national labs in order to advance their technology and promote commercialization. Read the press release here.