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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 73, April 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 13/04/2018
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


At NNFCC we are highly fond of innovative biobased products, and as technologies continue to develop, there are ever more of these as time goes by. However, every now and again a company throws a curveball that really impresses us, as is the case this month.
Tyre manufacturers Goodyear take the spotlight this month, with the announcement of their new Oxygene tyre concept. There is no indication of when this is expected to become a released product, but if and when it does, it will be unlike anything else on the market. The tyre’s design has urban air pollution in mind, and features large holes in the tread intended to absorb water from the road surface. The reason for this is that the tyres will contain living moss in their sidewalls, with the hope being that this will absorb CO2 and release oxygen in heavily polluted cities, helping to mitigate air pollution. The tyres themselves will be made from recycled older tyres, adding to their sustainability credentials. Goodyear anticipates that........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK consultation on single-use plastics


  • BEWi becomes particle foam specialist with Synbra acquisition
  • Biocatalysts Ltd acquired by BRAIN
  • Biobased agrichemicals company raises funding​

Research & Development

  • UK overestimates plastic recycling levels
  • Lactone monomers from biocatalysis
  • Dupont Tate & Lyle expand production capacity in Tennessee​


  • Engineers make lightweight composites from agricultural wastes
  • VELOX releases biobased PETG with enhanced transparency
  • Bio-On develops new fertiliser application for PHA
  • Teijin develops gasoline-resistant biobased film for car door handlesUPM to produce recyclable plastics from naphtha
  • UPM to produce recyclable plastics from naphtha
  • Thai PLA pilot plant successfully started-up​


  • Siemens and Evonik launch Rheticus project to produce chemicals from CO2
  • Renovia's California plant closes​

Consumer Products

  • Goodyear announces tyre incorporating living moss
  • DuPont releases biobased pollution-resistant skincare products
  • World's first biobased plastic fridge
  • Biobased luxury fabric unveiled
  • German agency provides guide to biobased office supplies
  • PG Tips release biodegradable plant-based teabags
  • Starbucks to develop compostable coffee cups
  • Unilever reaffirms commitment to plastic waste reduction​



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