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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 148, July 2024

Category: biobased
Published: 10/07/2024
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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In this month’s News Review, we are focusing on developments relating to sustainable polymers. In a recent Scientific report published by Nature, the authors provide a good summary of recent research targeting the production of functional, bio-based, biodegradable and sustainable polymers. A notable example is that from Trakunjae et al. who used response surface methodology (RSM) to optimize the production of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate), i.e. P(3HB-co-3HHx), bacterial copolymers (a next-generation biodegradable bio-based plastic) by Cupriavidus necator. The polymer was shown to be suitability for a broad range of applications.

Additionally, Walter et al. have been successful in assessing fully bio-based curing agents i.e., amino acids like L-arginine and L-tryptophan, for epoxy resins as sustainable alternatives to environmentally harmful petroleum-based curing agents, e.g., amine-based compounds like isophorondiamine and poly(oxypropylene)diamine. They also demonstrated the enhanced thermo-mechanical characteristics through thermokinetic analysis.

Developments concerning commercial polymers include Teijin Group, a Japanese chemical, pharmaceutical and information technology company, securing ISCC PLUS certification for Tenax™ carbon fibre produced at the Heinsberg-Oberbruch plant in Germany. This follows its success in acquiring the same certification for carbon fibre and the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) precursor fibre produced at Teijin's Mishima Plant in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, last June. ISCC PLUS is an international sustainability certification for industrial applications. It is part of a voluntary scheme and offers standards for fully traceable sustainable supply chains that allows companies to track and attribute renewable raw materials along the entire value chain, through transparent record-keeping. It is typically used for chemicals, plastics, packaging, textiles...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Expanding biomanufacturing in the U.S.


  • World's first supply chain established for more sustainable polyester fibre based on CO2-derived material as well as renewable and bio-based materials
  • BASF and ‘Pragati’ extends full transparency & traceability to bio-based footwear solutions with SuCCESS code
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Over 80% of the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy supports emissions-intensive animal products
  • Prospects of sustainable polymers
  • More...


  • Teijin Carbon Europe GmbH receives ISCC PLUS certification
  • AstroTurf corporation earns USDA certified biobased product label
  • More...


  • Changhua breaks ground on carbon dioxide-to-polyols plant
  • Working on new sustainable chemistries and bio-based surfactants: Rajesh Kamat, Head - Sales and Marketing, Tata Chemicals
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Procter & Gamble silphium cartons for laundry pods, beavertown compostable chip bags for Mental Health Awareness, Peri & Sons farms "Earthbag" for onions
  • Symrise introduces SymDeo PMD green, a naturally derived deodorizing ingredient for strong body odour protection


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