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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 98, May 2020

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 07/05/2020
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Plastic pollution is a widely considered to be a significant global challenge, but some of the lasting effects of plastic pollution are yet to be fully understood. The negative effects of microplastic pollution in particular has received plenty of media attention recently, but it’s a complex issue and somewhat tricky to avoid when certain plastics are still important materials used around the natural environment. For example, plastic mulch is widely used to increase crop yields across the globe as it improves soil temperature and moisture, but plastic residues that remain affects soil health, and therefore long-term crop production. A recently published paper has quantitively studied some of the physicochemical impact that plastic resides have on soil health. Including a particular focus on China, they found that plastic residue accumulation in the soil of cropland used for cotton cultivation caused an estimated 6-10% drop in the yield of cotton. We note that the use of soil biodegradable mulch films that are available (certifiable against European standards), could be used to reduce plastic contamination.
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Other News this Month Includes:


  • Architects call for ban exemption


  • Biobased face mask
  • UK-based Tensei joins RSB​

Research & Development

  • Review of dicarboxylic acid production from yeast
  • SDGs and the bioeconomy
  • Avacta joins race to detect Covid 19
  • Algae growth on 3D-printed corals
  • Economic perspective of the bioeconomy
  • Plastic pollution in croplands threatens long‐term food security​


  • Self-healing material review
  • Plastics and the role for biobased alternatives
  • Biopolymer to PPE during Coronavirus
  • Clariant and Floreon collaborate​


  • Cosmetics preservation
  • Towards biobased asphalt
  • Production of disinfectant for Clariant
  • Sanitiser help from POET​

Consumer Products

  • Consumers like carbon labelling
  • Biobased apron
  • Natural polymer for sunscreen formulations
  • Re-Burberry​



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