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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 135, June 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 08/06/2023
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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Generic commodity plastic materials are produced from fossil resources on a vast scale and at relatively low cost. Fossil resources are also used to produce specific engineered plastics for a wide range of uses, e.g. coatings on packaging, building materials, textiles. Although development and discussion often focusses on the production of drop-in commodity biobased plastics there is also considerable efforts to develop higher value engineered biobased plastic. In order to replace these specialised plastics the bio-derived plastics need to be designed and produced which exhibit the necessary properties and can be reliably formulated and manufactured to be used for the required purpose.

Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) has been producing Durabio™ which is an engineered plastic with many of the properties of polycarbonate (PC) and polymethacrylate (PMMA). Durabio is produced from isosorbide which in turn is made from...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • EU Parliament anti-greenwashing rules for durable products  
  • UK bans more single-use plastic items


  • Bluepha and TotalEnergies Corbion collaborate advance sustainable biomaterials solutions in China
  • Firmenich completes merger with DSM
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Compostable Wind Turbine Blades
  • A review on recent research on bio-based building materials and their applications
  • More...


  • UPM Biochemicals and Selenis to develop sustainable PETG
  • Changsu Industrial and TotalEnergies Corbion cooperate to develop biobased BOPLA films
  • More...


  • Lenzing celebrates 40 years of its  biobased acetic acid
  • Indian Oil looks to process bio-naphtha for petrochemicals
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • CJ Biomaterials partners with Dongil Platech for eco Straw
  • Biobased cleaner launched by Bona®
  • More... 


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