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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 97, April 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 09/04/2020
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


For supermarkets, choosing suitable packaging for food and other items, while keeping environmental issues in mind is a complex issue. The full life cycle of the packaging should be considered, from production to use to disposal. Compostable packaging is one type of packaging that has been increasingly used as a means to reduce environmental issues of plastic disposal. It is most commonly certified as ‘industrially compostable’ which means it requires collection and specific treatment processes, but in the UK, the infrastructure for widespread use of industrially compostable material is arguably not yet in place. The large supermarket Tesco have recently made the decision to exclude it from their current preferred materials, on the basis that fewer packaging options makes the recycling process easier for the consumer, given the complexities of compostable packaging disposal.
However, the BBIA disagree with Tesco’s decision. Compostable packaging has the potential to........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Biobased industries on EU's industrial strategy
  • Biobased industries role under EU's circular economy plan
  • EUBP has concerns over EASAC report​


  • Carboxymethyl cellulose acquisition for Nouryon
  • MoU for personal care ingredient development
  • Partnership to create biobased Dyneema
  • Renewable electricity for Gevo​

Research & Development

  • Biotech routes to methacrylic acid
  • Orange tree extracts analysed
  • Circular economy in European bioeconomy clusters
  • Catalytic oxidations for biorefinery review
  • Biochemical GHG calculations
  • PEF building blocks progress
  • CA of bio and fossil plastic
  • Waste management of biobased products​


  • USDA certified BioRice
  • Wood fibre composites comparison
  • Renewable dispersible polymer
  • Borealis produces renewable PP​


  • Epichlorohydrin scale up

Consumer Products

  • New cup solution in Starbucks
  • BBIA on Tesco's strategy for packaging​



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