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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 123, June 2022

Category: biobased
Published: 01/06/2022
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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According to Vogue and BBC, the global fashion industry can account for up to 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions every year. Most garments, accessories, and footwear are still formulated from petroleum-based, non-biodegradable synthetic materials. This gives rise to the idea of sustainable fashion – whose market value was around £5.5 billion in 2021, according to Statista. The onus of sustainable fashion is not only on the consumer – to buy less, take care of clothes, and ensure they have a second life; but also clothing companies – to use less harmful chemicals, water, and virgin synthetics like polyester.

Leather is an abundant material in fashion, and recently, biotechnology company VitroLabs has raised over £35 million, to take its world-first cell cultivated animal leather to pilot scale. Their large-scale tissue cultivator utilises advanced tissue engineering to optimise cell expansion processes; producing sustainable leather from just a few animal cells. In an alternative process, TômTex has raised £1.35 million to research and scale its biomaterial technology that produces 100% biodegradable leather from chitosan in...

Other News this Month Includes:   


  • The Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy 2022-2035 – sustainably towards higher value added


  • Covestro extends film production in Germany
  • Contract signed for organic acid supply from the AFYREN NEOXY range in animal nutrition
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Metsä Group’s and Valmet’s 3D fibre product demo plant begins operation
  • SPINNOVA® production saves more CO2 emissions than it emits
  • More...


  • CJ BIO inaugurates polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) facility in Pasuruan, Indonesia
  • EPBP gives 3-year endorsement to allow multilayer PET/PEF packaging in PET bottle recycling stream
  • More...


  • GFBiochemicals raises €15 (£12.7) million Series A to advance its mission to end chemical pollution
  • Archroma and Stony Creek Colors to enter partnership to produce Indigold™ at scale
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Bluestone Lane introduces 100% biodegradable and compostable Nespresso® compatible capsules
  • Duke University Field Hockey installs first biobased hockey field in the country
  • More...


  • Lignin-based bonding resin
  • Makeup composition based on biobased isododecane and method for preparation
  • Enhanced cellulose nanofibrils (CNF)


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