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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 132, March 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 02/03/2023
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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Fibres are used for many purposes in the form of textiles, e.g. medical applications, fashion and vehicle interiors, or for insulation, material reinforcement and industrial applications, e.g. filtration. Whilst clothing textiles were traditionally produced using fibres of biological origin including silk, cotton, linen and wool, a high proportion of modern textiles are made using fossil derived polymers. Synthetic polymers made using fossil derivatives, e.g. elastane, polyester and polyamide (nylon) can be blended to provide low cost materials with versatile properties.  In order to reduce the environmental impacts of fossil derived fibres it is necessary to develop alternative bio-derived polymers at commercial scale.

The European Environment Agency has released a report to examine the role of bio-based textile fibres as a replacement for fossil alternatives. The report found that beyond...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Competition and Markets Authority to scrutinize sales of ‘green’ items
  • First CBE JU projects selected 


  • Croda expands Beauty Actives business in Asia through business acquisition
  • Citroniq Chemicals and Mitsui Plastics propose partnership
  • More...

Research & Development

  • The role of bio-based textile fibres in a circular and sustainable textiles system
  • BRAIN Biotech and AMSilk partner to develop high-performance bio-based protein fibres
  • More...


  • Evonik partners AMSilk to manufacture sustainable silk
  • NatureWorks celebrates construction of Ingeo™️ PLA biopolymer manufacturing facility 
  • More...


  • Argent Energy to build glycerine refinery 
  • The AFYREN and CEARITIS announce partnership for orchard crop-protection
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Neste, and partners enable recycling of hard-to-recycle plastic into new high quality pipes
  • CJ Biomaterials and Banila team to develop biobased cosmetic container using PHA
  • More... 


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