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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 76, July 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 12/07/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Where biobased products are concerned, the most-touted advantage is that they are renewable: being made from plant biomass that can be regrown. To a lesser degree, they also serve as a mitigator of carbon emissions, serving as a net carbon sink. However, biobased products can offer properties that their fossil-based counterparts cannot, and this is often not talked about as often as their environmental benefits. However, there is a report this month that explains just how significant these additional properties could be. Biomass is more chemically variable than fossil fuels, which duly presents a greater array of processing options for biobased chemicals. When these biobased monomers are polymerised, it results in a greater array of functional groups being spread along the polymer chain, which, according to this research, greatly increases the post-polymerisation modification prospects of biobased polymers. This potentially has a great impact on the diversity of properties achievable in biobased polymers, and can allow for........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • New EU directive to curb marine plastic waste
  • Developing an Industrial Biotechnology strategy for the UK
  • Report into single-use plastic sustainability​


  • Increased demand prompts Lenzing to up capacity
  • Amyris expands partnership with ADL
  • Leaf Resources chosen for scale-up by Unreasonable Impact​

Research & Development

  • Cellulose nanofibre materials could outperform metal alloys in physical properties
  • Biobased polymers allow for more varied post-polymerisation modification
  • Kraig improves spider silk products
  • Paper discusses biorefinery LCA methods
  • Finnish lab develops new cellulose fibre process
  • Partnership pursues plastic-free food packaging​


  • Neste to produce biobased plastics for IKEA
  • Kraig begins spider silk production for US army
  • Biobased resins to be used in food packaging
  • New standard and certification for biodegradable mulch films
  • New Vibers bioplastic from potato waste and miscanthus
  • Biobased multilayer transparent films
  • KRAIBUR to produce custom biobased TPEs
  • Lenzing to produce viscose fibres in China​

Consumer Products

  • Hasbro toys to come in biobased packaging
  • Biobased plastic mailing bags spread in the UK
  • Neutrox to use Braskem's biobased plastic for packaging
  • Chocomel to have almost entirely biobased packaging​



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