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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 81, December 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 06/12/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Frequently, we laud biobased plastics for being sustainable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and in the process acting as carbon sinks, helping industries to indirectly deal with emissions. It is well-known, however, that this is not the only advantage biobased plastics offer: they can also offer novel properties that petroleum-based plastics do not. One particular example would be chitosan, produced from chitinous shells found in seafood waste, which is not only biocompatible, making it useful for medical procedures, but also exhibits antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, the advantages of which are obvious. However, developing a new polymer can take many years of R&D, as a cost-effective production method needs to be developed, even if the chemical knowledge of the intended properties is already there. This may be about to change thanks to........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • An end to the term "biodegradable"?


  • Italy-Russia agreement a boost for Bio-On
  • BioAmber assets bought by LCY Chemical​

Research & Development

  • Kraig begins scale-up of Dragon Silk
  • Review of transition from petrochemicals to biobased chemicals​


  • "Tuneable" biobased plastics
  • Covestro develops adhesive with biobased polyols
  • Teijin Aramid to produce biobased fibres in Netherlands​


  • Partnership to produce human milk compounds
  • Emissions-to-methanol plant constructed in Germany
  • Croda releases new biobased surfactants
  • Braskem joins European Biobased Industries Consortium​

Consumer Products

  • Co-op announces nationwide release of compostable food bags
  • Covestro to make sport flooring from CO2
  • Bio-On to work with Unilever on personal care products
  • Kellogg to pursue sustainable packaging



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