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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 140, November 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 01/11/2023
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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The textile industry bears a significant responsibility for global CO2 emissions, surpassing even sectors like international aviation and shipping. This industry not only accounts for around 10% of worldwide carbon emissions but it is also known for its resource wastage and the daily disposal of millions of garments into landfills. Another concern is the release of microfibres and microplastics into the environment during the washing of synthetic fabrics.

Addressing these challenges necessitates a multifaceted approach, encompassing collaboration among stakeholders, technological innovations, governmental policies, and infrastructure support. Solutions span from technological breakthroughs and regenerative farming models to recycling innovations, biobased materials, and initiatives promoting reuse and resale. All these efforts aim to establish a circular economy and transition from the current linear business model to reduce the textile industry's ecological footprint.

When it comes to technological innovations, various companies are regularly engaging in sustainable projects to minimise their environmental footprint. For instance, the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA), with support from the H&M Foundation, has developed a groundbreaking technology to regenerate biobased leather from leather waste...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • BBIA reacts to Government announcements regarding recycling consistency in households and businesses in England
  • Ecovative opens access to patent for plastic-free mycelium composites in Europe


  • UPM selects Dongsung Chemical as exclusive Korean distributor of their novel biobased MEG
  • Trillium partners with Zeton to design a sustainable acrylonitrile demonstration plant
  • Braskem opens Tokyo Representative Office

Research & Development

  • VIVALDI project: necklace made from waste CO2
  • reProLeather: innovative technology regenerating biobased leather from leather waste
  • More...


  • Arkema persists in reducing the carbon footprint in the global production of its biobased polyamide 11 chain
  • KRAIBURG TPE starts sale of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) from renewable raw materials
  • NatureWorks progresses with new Ingeo™️ PLA biopolymer facility in Thailand


  • LanzaTech reveals partnership with Dow to introduce an eco-friendly cleaning solution
  • Collaboration between Goodyear and Visolis for isoprene production through material upcycling

Consumer Products

  • ELEMIS and Morro launch groundbreaking plastic-free sampling sachets
  • Gucci debuts new vegan Horsebit 1955 bag
  • More... 


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