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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 117, December 2021

Category: biobased
Published: 02/12/2021
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.

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As 2021 draws to a close, we take a moment to reflect on another year of growth and innovation in the field of biobased products. After 2 years of Covid pandemic, it appears that despite production and supply chain delays, the world’s commitment to transitioning towards a biobased economy is not faulting. Therefore, related biobased markets – such as biobased polymers, biobased chemicals, and biobased consumer products – are growing and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

Biobased polylactic acid (PLA) is becoming a sought after plastic option for a range of industrial applications. It is in this context that leading PLA manufacturer NatureWorks is developing a range of biopolymers made from renewable sources such as sugar cane, cassava and beet. Nowadays, the company’s Ingeo polymers are used to manufacture food packaging, electronics, films and textiles. NatureWorks is therefore experiencing a rapid growth and announced in September that it would open a new plant in Thailand...

Other News this Month Includes:   


  • EFIB Vienna Statement 2021
  • Plans unveiled to ban single-use plastics in the UK
  • Global chemical companies collaborate in move to Net-Zero


  • Renewcell and Kelheim Fibres form collaboration to establish a European closed loop for fashion
  • Bast Fibre Technologies acquires German textile processing facility to fulfil customer demand
  • More...

Research & Development

  • ADM further expands microbial science and technology innovation capabilities


  • Sabic announces world’s first bio-based, certified renewable high-performance amorphous polymer
  • SARBIO® specialty resins earn USDA Certified Biobased label
  • More...


  • Lygos completes commercial-scale fermentation campaign to meet demand for biobased cannabinoids
  • New environmentally-friendly food freshness indicator uses graphene ink made with bio-based solvent
  • Sekab invests in increased production of green chemicals

Consumer Products

  • Rudy Project releases sustainable sunglasses range
  • Frito-Lay® launches industrially compostable bags with Off The Eaten Path® brand
  • Dow and Crocs collaboration brings sustainability to footwear


  • Biobased polyurethane dispersions for sunscreen applications
  • Method for making moisture-resistant paper
  • Recombinant strain for producing L-lactic acid


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