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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 88, July 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 04/07/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


This month sees the effort to reduce single-use plastics continue, with supermarkets in particular coming under increased pressure to eliminate unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging. While some say single-use food packaging is unavoidable, poor labelling and black PET containers exacerbate the problem and the organisation Which? has found that only 52% of supermarket packaging can be easily recycled. Although it’s not all bad news. ALDI has announced they are launching a trial of paper and compostable carrier bags in all of its UK stores, and those responsible for 85% of plastic packaging sold through supermarkets have signed up to achieve the four UK Plastics Pact targets by 2025. To achieve these targets, we must increase our rate of recycling, reduce our consumption and look for alternatives – which could see the use of compostable packaging increase. As part of the UK Plastic Pact, a report commissioned by BBNET highlights how compostable packaging also presents an opportunity to substitute durable plastics. Drax also makes an appearance in our Biobased Products edition, making news as it........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • UK Plastics Pact members to eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use plastics


  • Biotech dye leader PILI secures €3.6 million funding
  • Caribos announces capital increase
  • UK compostable plastics
  • Avantium renews strategy to commercialise PEF​

Research & Development

  • Early-stage assessment for bio-based chemical design
  • Material with mussel-like stickiness
  • BBI JU awards €1.3 million in funding to industry consortium 'VEHICLE'
  • Animal feed from Drax flue gases
  • Biobased sensors for spoiled food
  • Bio-polypropylene from fermentation
  • Synthesis of amides in the bio-based solvent Cyrene™
  • Dow to develop cosmetic ingredient with Deinove bacteria​


  • Recycling of supermarket packaging
  • Producing biodegradable bags in India
  • Lenzing to become the first carbon neutral fibre producer in the world
  • Lyocell fibre plant in Thailand
  • First simultaneous production of biobased polypropylene and low-density polyethylene
  • AMUT Group collaborates with NatureWorks​


  • New plant to produce amino acid surfactants
  • Partnership to push biobased coatings in China
  • Deinove and Avril developing natural feed additive
  • Genomatica to utilise REG assets
  • Two-step thermo-chemical fractionation process​​

Consumer Products

  • Aldi to trial paper and compostable plastic bags
  • Eucalyptus fibre comforter launched
  • Kartell to release biobased plastic storage unit
  • Compostable trainers
  • Lamipak introduces sustainable packaging Lami-Natural
  • Biobased cleaning product to come in biobased plastic packaging​



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