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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 75, June 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 08/06/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


We’ve discussed in the past that one of the most important factors that boosts the development and success of biobased products is public engagement. As such, when opportunities arise for biobased products to be showcased in very high-profile, we always take an interest. Late last year it was announced that the official match ball at this summer’s football world cup would be made from biobased synthetic rubber, which had been chosen not because it was biobased, but for its superior performance, which was an excellent demonstration that biobased products aren’t necessarily just like-for-like equivalents, but can offer better alternatives to their fossil-based counterparts. This month there comes another story showcasing how football can be used to highlight sustainability........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Metsä launches new company for textile innovation
  • Biotech dye company raises $3m in funding
  • Stora Enso launches Green Bond framework
  • Ontario invests in biorefinery plant
  • BioAmber files petition for relief
  • Investor withdrawal forces Verdezyne to cease operations​

Research & Development

  • Funding for jellyfish-derived collagen
  • New agreement to produce algal starch technology for biobased products
  • Analysis of value chains for circular bioeconomy​


  • Biocomposites launched as an alternative to plastics
  • good natured to supply biobased plastic packaging
  • Companies collaborate to work towards biobased plastics
  • Lawn fertiliser to come in Braskem's biobased packaging​


  • First biobased solvent for dry-cleaning
  • Biobased butylene glycol to be used in botanical extracts​

Consumer Products

  • Manchester United launches kit made from recycled plastic
  • Stora Enso partners with Sulapac for biodegradable plastics
  • Flo partners with Natureworks to release compostable coffee capsules
  • L'Oreal to introduce paper-based recyclable bottle
  • Tetra Pak to develop paper straws​



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