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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 134, May 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 05/05/2023
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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Many hygiene products, e.g. diapers, panty liners, wet wipes and sanitary products, contain plastic fibres alongside natural fibres such as cotton, as they aid in product performance. It is important for these products to be absorbent, sterile, soft, durable and lightweight. Unfortunately, despite the functionality of these products they contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and plastic fibres can pass into the environment. Wipes produced using plastic fibres are also responsible for a significant proportion of sewage systems blockages if flushed away. Due to these issues, a number of companies have begun replacing the fossil based polymers in their hygiene products with alternative fibres.

NatureWorks has produced PLA polymer fibres made from plant sugars which are designed specifically for hygiene applications. The bio-polymer has...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • European Bioplastics comment on EU packaging and packaging waste rule revisions
  • Compostable coffee capsules
  • More...


  • Locus and Veolia announce collaboration for water and process treatment additives
  • Stora Enso and Kolon Industries form partnership for bio-based materials
  • More...

Research & Development

  • Glass made from amino acids and peptides
  • Pathway to renewable rubber 
  • More...


  • Kuraray develops recyclable resin coating for paper 
  • European Energy partner Novo Nordisk and the LEGO Group to replace fossil resources in plastic
  • More...


  • Groupe Berkem in partnership with Kreglinger for cosmetic ingredients
  • Bridgestone develops tyre using recycled and renewable materials
  • More...

Consumer Products

  • Lenzing expands viscose fiber portfolio with product – Veocel™
  • Kelheim Fibres for bio-based hygiene products
  • More... 


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