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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 95, February 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 06/02/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Getting yourself outdoors for some fresh air during this time of the year might be particularly daunting to some – currently in York it’s cold and windy, and the nights are still relatively long. But for those of us who enjoy getting out in the elements, and have an interest in the bioeconomy too, perhaps could get excited about two new biobased developments this month. Firstly, a biobased running shoe from Reebok. It’s claimed to outstrip other such items that merely look good without matching the performance of petroleum-based footwear, which would make it a much-preferred option for those who wish to support biobased products. The second is a down jacket from Moncler which is made from biobased materials and is carbon neutral. This is because the emissions generated during its production are offset through certified projects which look to preserve the Amazon rainforest, a huge carbon sink.
Also worth nothing, both these biobased items have a material in common. The jacket is made mostly of........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Analogy between PHA materials and Vanillin


  • New plant expected for Avantium
  • Packaging in grocery sector
  • 2030 goals for Mattel
  • Sustainable factory ambitions in Netherlands​

Research & Development

  • Funding to reduce waste


  • Stora Enso pilot plant to produce biobased plastic packaging
  • Sanner biobased packaging introduced
  • Texile Xorel acheives certification​
  • Next generation of fibres
  • 5,000 ton a year polymer plant
  • Reusable biocomposite lids trial
  • Rice husks for Bacardi​


  • Zero calorie sweetener
  • Fermentation derived cannabinoid to LAVVAN
  • Bio-based diluent as a new solution for metals extraction
  • Biobased chemicals for textiles
  • Biobased self-matting resin for DSM
  • Corbion solvents receive OMRI certification
  • Biobased adhesives from plant oil​

Consumer Products

  • Plant-based down jacket
  • Biobased running shoe
  • Agave straws for tequila company
  • Biobased packaging for Lactogal​



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