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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 120, March 2022

Category: biobased
Published: 03/03/2022
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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Food and drink have more aspects to them than just the nutrition they provide us with – from packaging to prevent spoiling to appliances that allow us to transform foods. Such goods may be referred to as BBFCMs – biobased food contact materials – derived from both animal and plant-based sources, and often by-products of food and agriculture production processes. Because of the origin of their raw materials and their close relation to human consumption, strict regulations and resulting certifications are necessary to avoid risks associated with biotoxins, allergens, process contaminants and harmful nanomaterials.

In 2018, UK households produced 525,000 tonnes of predominantly fossil-based food packaging. Recently, scientists have created biodegradable food packaging from a corn protein named ‘Zein’. To extend food shelf life, this packaging contains natural antimicrobial oils that kill food-contaminating bacteria...

Other News this Month Includes:   


  • European Commission’s public consultation on biobased, biodegradable, compostable plastics


  • Covestro signs first global agreement to supply mass-balanced TDI to Sinomax
  • Parkside expands sustainable portfolio with Mintons collaboration
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Enabling commercial success of industrial biotechnology
  • Firmenich announces partnership with Jungle: launches world first with Muguet Firgood™
  • More...


  • AMSilk partners with Mercedes-Benz to present a sustainable biobased product
  • TENCEL™ introduces performance fabric with 100% cellulose fibres
  • More...


  • Hexion Inc. announces Pernis site epichlorohydrin expansion
  • WACKER and Biosyntia develop large-scale production process for sustainable biotin
  • Yara and Lantmännen sign first commercial agreement for fossil free fertilisers

Consumer Products

  • Clearwater Paper launches NuVo® with BioPBS™ cup
  • Yoloha brings eco-conscious design to yoga mats with HEXPOL TPE biobased material
  • More...


  • Method for producing a cellulose product having lipid resistance


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