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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 64, July 2017

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 06/07/2017
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Despite their undoubted usefulness, where fossil-based plastics are concerned, you’re never far away from environmental controversy.
Currently, the most talked-about plastic-related controversy is microbeads: microbeads are, as the name implies, small plastic beads of less than 0.5mm in diameter. They are often included in cosmetic products to improve texture and performance. The issue lies in their disposal: by their very nature microbeads enter the wastewater stream after use, but they are too small to be filtered out by traditional sewage treatment systems, meaning trillions of them end up in lakes and the ocean each year.
Conventional microbeads are produced from......

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Industry Consortium announces Roadmap for Europe's Bioeconomy
  • JRC publishes EU bioeconomy policy report​

Research & Development

  • Computer system identifies less obvious bioeconomy value chains
  • LCA demonstrates reduced environmental impact of bio-based fillers
  • Nordson announces bio-PLA-optimised plasticising system
  • Large investment for Gas Fermentation in Flanders
  • Origin materials receives backing from Canada​


  • 70 years of Rilsan
  • PEF consortium receives subsidy
  • Biobased aniline could lead to plastics breakthrough
  • Lenzing releases new line of viscose fibres
  • Grasim achieves BioPreferred status
  • New European Bioplastics Board unveiled​


  • Natureworks releases bio-based platform chemicals
  • Use of E. coli to synthesis TPA from paraxylene
  • HELM AG to market Greenyug's biobased ethyl acetate
  • Rivertop's renewable sodium glucarate achieves REACH registration
  • Emery releases low-temperature plasticiser
  • S2G begins work on first standalone biorefinery​

Consumer Products

  • Biodegradable microbeads from cellulose
  • New sports bottle made from Evonik bio-based plastic
  • New eco-efficient textiles for use in clothing
  • Braskem's bio-based plastic to be used for mattress foam
  • Consumers show preference for 100% bio-based brands​


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