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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 124, July 2022

Category: biobased
Published: 08/07/2022
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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When biobased and chemically recycled feedstocks are added to a chemical manufacturing process alongside fossil-based feedstocks, physical segregation of recycled content is often technically and financially unviable. The mass balance approach traces the amounts of these renewable feedstocks through a complex value chain, allowing biobased content to be attributed, mathematically, to one, or numerous outputs, regardless of whether the physical product a consumer uses, has recycled or renewable content in it. This reduces the need to adapt formulations and processes to cater for biobased feedstocks, whilst not only reducing fossil inputs, but also providing the same product standard as traditional feedstocks would. This set of rules can be applied to biobased plastics and is often audited by third party schemes like the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC), or Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB).

Borealis, leaders in circular polyolefins, has recently developed PEX Pipe Blue – a portfolio of cross-linked polyethylene pipes, alongside UK plumbing system specialists, Uponor. The pipes are derived from pulp production waste or food processing oil residues, for use in the construction industry. Similarly, Italian pipes and fittings company, NUPI, has chosen Borealis’s Bornewables™ polypropylene...

Other News this Month Includes:   


  • CBE JU strategic priorities set for 2030


  • Dow signs agreement with EcoSynthetix to expand biobased offerings to personal care market
  • Will & Co. to bring Checkerspot’s biobased materials and algal polyurethane systems to Europe
  • More...

Research & Development

  • VTT develops transparent cellulose film to replace traditional plastic in food packaging
  • TIPA partners with G.Mondini to produce home compostable wet food container
  • More...


  • Borealis partners with NUPI for high-performance pipes based on the Bornewables™
  • allnex announces use of mass balanced, biobased penta in all its alkyds in EMEA
  • More...


  • Origin Materials earns USDA Certified Biobased Product label for additional carbon negative materials
  • Circa’s levoglucosenone derivative used in manufacturing method for investigational cancer drug
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Suominen launches a nonwoven made with recycled paper
  • GNT expand product range with food colouring made from organic safflower
  • More...


  • Olivetolic acid cyclase variants and methods for their use
  • Biobased EVA compositions and articles and methods thereof


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