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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 129, December 2022

Category: biobased
Published: 01/12/2022
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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The longevity of plastic materials and their degradation to produce microplastic fibres has made biodegradable materials, an attractive proposition. This has led to an increase in packaging labelled ‘Compostable’, although these materials require varied conditions and timescales to degrade fully. Some of these materials are suitable for home-composting whilst others requiring intensive industrial processing, this has created confusion for some consumers. Although these materials have become commonplace, access to industrial compost processes is not readily achievable in the UK. This has led to a backlash through academic research, commercial and policy decisions as many of these materials have a comparable environmental impact to non-biodegradable plastic if not processed correctly at end-of-life.

Sustainable food distributor Abel & Cole has announced that it will no longer be using compostable plastics in its food packaging. This decision was based on concerns that...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Bioplastics industry writes to commission presidency regarding consequences of leaked directive


  • Deliveroo invests in recyclable and compostable foodservice packaging

Research & Development

  • An environmental merit order for converting sugars into biobased chemicals and plastics
  • Valorisation of humins to high value-added products
  • More...


  • TotalEnergies Corbion stimulates recycling of PLA
  • Huntsman Develops Breakthrough Bio-Based Polyurethane System
  • More...


  • Phycus produces first USDA certified cosmetic bio-based glycolic acid
  • World’s largest CO2-to-methanol plant starts production
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Pharmaceutical packaging: first compostable stick pack made of bio-based raw materials
  • TIME bicycles gravel bike features Bio-Based Dyneema®, the World’s Strongest Fiber®
  • More... 


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