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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 85, April 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 04/04/2019
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


As the season is turning, and the weather is getting better, we’re going to be wanting to spend more time outside (though here at NNFCC we have a few outdoorsy types who would scoff at the idea of only going outside in good weather!) Outdoor activities such as running can require high-performance footwear, and recently, VIVOBAREFOOT have released a line of trainers made of almost 50% biobased materials, provided by DuPont Tate & Lyle. The company has history with regard to making sustainable footwear – they have previously produced shoes from recycled plastic bottles – and don’t wish to stop there, pursuing an ambitious target of 90% sustainable production materials across all their products by next year. Biobased clothes of all ilks have been on the market for some time, but remain expensive in many cases. The key to wider market penetration is to reduce production costs through continued process development, allowing the price to also come down in the shopping aisles. Another sector that is starting........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Covestro partners with Genomatica to develop biobased materials

Research & Development

  • New council to push for plant-based products
  • Chemicals from paper waste
  • Novel pathway for biobased aromatics​


  • Natureworks releases new biobased 3D printing polymer
  • Stahl and Elevance to release biobased coatings
  • Partnership intends to commercialise Bioforming paraxylene process
  • Nouryon expands supply agreement with Itaconix​


  • BioSafe Systems biobased herbicide
  • Nynas releases biobased tyre oil
  • Shell joins Waste-to-Chemicals consortium
  • Avantium Mekong plant to open in Netherlands​

Consumer Products

  • Nearly 50% biobased outdoor shoes
  • Clariant launches biobased pigmented coatings for vehicles
  • Sealed Air plant to produce biobased food packaging
  • Neslté outlines actions to tackle plastic waste
  • UPM develops adhesive that doesn't interfere with paper recycling​



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