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A Big Change for Small Manufacturers
A company that manufactures the textiles used to cover the edges of tatami mats is now using its fabrics to create a wide range of products such as bags and wallets
Resistant to both heat and water, this highly durable notepad is made from paper that was originally developed for making dry cleaning tags
A Malaysian company uses black soldier fly larvae to make its dog food more nutritious
This Thai firm is experimenting with ways to improve the taste and smell of its pet food that's based on the larvae