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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 142, January 2024

Category: biobased
Published: 11/01/2024
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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Bio-based plastics are plastics wholly or partly derived from materials of biological origin, typical feedstock includes starch, cellulose, oils (e.g., rapeseed oil), lignin (wood), proteins (e.g., maize zein) and polysaccharides (e.g., xylans).

Even with the failure of the EU Environment Council to fully recognise the value of compostable bio-based plastics in their latest meeting, the global post-pandemic levels of their production are ever-increasing. The predominant market segment is packaging, including both flexible and rigid, followed by fibres. The positive trend in production is exemplified by partnerships, joint ventures and the success of bio-based plastic companies in acquiring further funding for their manufacturing operations.

UBQ Materials, developer of advanced materials made from waste, has collaborated with Keter, the world's largest resin-based consumer goods company, to incorporate bio-based plastic substitute UBQ™ across multiple new product lines. The expansion is thought to be strategic so that it enables Keter to include Scope 3 emission reduction in its sustainability pipeline. Another notable collaboration is the one between the Japanese Toray industries and Yoshida Co. They recently have announced their agreement to jointly create materials for Yoshida’s Tanker bags (i.e., PorterTM) employing Toray’s Ecodear N510, a 100% plant-based nylon fibre.

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Environment Ministers overlooked innovative potential of bio-based and compostable plastics for packaging solutions


  • European Bioplastics reveals findings from the 2023 Market Data Report
  • Genera reveals $340+ million investment in Sustainable Biomaterials Campus
  • More...

Research & Development

  • First anniversary for the world's first 100% biobased 3D-printed home
  • A comprehensive review on synthesis and applications of biobased waterborne polyurethane


  • Kemira and IFF partnership extends to the manufacturing of renewable polymers
  • Toray collaborates with Porter™ using 100% plant-based nylon fibre
  • Dyneema® introduces innovation for up to 20% weight savings in protective body armour


  • Global Bioenergies outlines timetable for its upcoming biobased isobutene plant dedicated to cosmetics
  • Cambrium secures €8 million in funding to advance commercialisation of a new class of performance molecules

Consumer Products

  • UPM Specialty Papers introduces packaging papers certified for home composting
  • EVERY introduces yeast-fermentation egg substitute at popular restaurant in NYC
  • More...


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