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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 96, March 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 05/03/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Compostable packaging is that which will biodegrade in certain conditions, either in a home composter or in industrial composting conditions. Compostable packaging innovations have the potential to help alleviate some of the problems associated with plastics that don’t biodegrade – their disposal and intended end-of-life helps to prevent the degradation of the natural environment. However, in practise, the compostable packaging industry hasn’t really been fully optimised. For one, the increase in compostable packaging available hasn’t been met with an appropriate scale up of facilities able to collect compostable waste. Secondly, there is quite often confusion between home compostable and industrially compostable, and often, the generic label ‘compostable’ is used, which doesn’t clarify how to dispose of the material correctly. Industrially compostable packaging requires specific conditions, therefore wrongly assuming........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Environment Strategy for Scotland
  • UK Environment Bill 2020 Policy Statement​


  • Biochemical investment from UPM
  • Collaboration for circular acetate
  • Avantium sells off bioaromatics branch​

Research & Development

  • Isosorbide potential review
  • Compostables break down study
  • Biobased automotive industry​


  • SCF Packaging gets compostable
  • Freudenberg launches biodegradable padding
  • Milestone for nylon
  • Compostable cling film developments
  • Nanocellulose dispersion composite innovation
  • Residue to supply biobased plastics
  • MATER-BI certified plastic​


  • GFBiochemicals and Towell Engineering form levulinic acid JV
  • Biobased resins for Bitrez
  • JDA to see biobased 5-HMF brought to market​

Consumer Products

  • Biobased sunscreen
  • Biobased plastic toys
  • Bicycle bottle mouthpiece
  • Take away boxes get makeover​



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