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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 69, December 2017

Category: biobased
Published: 07/12/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


In the bioeconomy we have a mixed relationship with lignin, the complex structural polymer that bind cellulose chains together in plant matter. In many respects it serves as a barrier to the production of biobased products, as it requires a great deal of energy to remove in order to leave behind the cellulose for processing. Development is continuing all the time into processes that extract cellulose from biomass efficiently, and a commercial-scale breakthrough would be a massive boon for the bioeconomy, but that is not the focus here. This month we have a story from Sweetwater Energy, who have developed a process to in-effect do the opposite: extract the lignin from biomass by dissolving the surrounding cellulose. Lignin is in itself a useful material, if perhaps for more specific applications: it is a source of activated carbon, which has a myriad of uses across a range of sectors from........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • TIPA's compostable plastic packaging to see first applications
  • New joint venture to operate Brazilian ethanol storage site
  • Amyris sells Brazilian division to DSM
  • Bio-On and AkzoNobel to continue partnership​

Research & Development

  • New process produces pure lignin for activated carbons
  • "Consortium" of bacteria produces polyhydroxybutyrate
  • DuPont unveils new fermentation system
  • Danish research into protein animal feed from biorefining​


  • Bio-On completes world's biggest biopolymer-producing fermenters
  • Braskem's plastic to package sugar
  • Biobased polyols for foam
  • Leaf collection bags from Braskem plastic
  • Novamont's biopolyester capacity doubles​


  • Emery achieves 100% biobased status for herbicide
  • First biobased ingredient shipped to L'Oreal
  • Successful scale up of Lygos' malonic acid production
  • Braskem to produce monoethylene glycol
  • Collaboration seeks to produce chemicals from empty fruit bunches
  • Gevo continues work towards balancing isobutanol sales with production costs
  • Circa agrees distribution for Cyrene in Northwest Europe​

Consumer Products

  • Official World Cup ball to feature biobased synthetic rubber
  • Bio-On's cosmetic microplastics certified "100% natural"
  • Braskem's plastic used in skincare packaging
  • Report discusses potential for circular fashion economy



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