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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 130, January 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 05/01/2023
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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Global plastic production is at approximately 400mtpa and increasing, with this growth expected to continue beyond 2050. Plastic production is currently responsible for over 4.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions with emissions modelled to increase as production growth continues. Plastics produced from biological material provide an opportunity to mitigate some of the emissions from plastic production however it is vital to assess the full lifecycle of all plastic production pathways as emissions are produced both during production and during end of life processing. It is essential that bio-based plastics have a lower footprint, not only during production, but throughout the lifespan of the material.

Global Bio-based plastic production growth has continued during 2022 with European Bioplastics estimating an increase in production capacity from 2mtpa in 2022 to 6mtpa in 2027. The applications for which bio-based plastics can replace traditional fossil-based plastics has...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • UK House of Commons Committee report: The price of plastic: ending the toll of plastic waste
  • EU presents framework on biobased, and decomposable plastics
  • More...


  • Global bioplastics production increases despite challenges
  • SilicoLife secures Series A investment of up to €9.8 million
  • More...

Research & Development

  • BBIA comments on UCL study on compostables breakdown rates
  • Plastic futures and their CO2 emissions
  • More...


  • Arkema launches a new range of bio-based acrylic materials
  • CJ Biomaterials and NatureWorks, solidify relationship for novel biopolymer solutions
  • More...


  • Scale up of Pomacle Commercial Unit
  • Microorganisms at BASF
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Natural Material Studio design biobased reusable wrapping for Calvin Klein
  • TIPA continues partnership with Apiece Apart for circular fashion with compostable packaging
  • More... 


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