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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 79, October 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 12/10/2018
Author: NNFCC
FREE THIS MONTH - Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


We begin, as we so often do, with a story that will hopefully help to boost the profile of biobased products here in the UK, as biobased products have finally found their way right to the “top”, so to speak. It has been announced that the UK’s parliament buildings will begin using disposable items made from biobased compostable plastics, to replace the plastics used up to now. The items include cutlery, coffee cups, and various items of food packaging, provided by UK-based company Vegware. Specific recycling bins will be used to collect the items, which will then be composted on-site. This means that those responsible for setting any future bioeconomy policy in the UK will be able to experience the benefits of compostable products first-hand, but will also set an example to consumers across the UK that there are sustainable alternatives provided by the bioeconomy........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • First advertising standards ruling against term "biodegradable"
  • European Parliament reports on benefits of biobased plastics
  • Report into most common marine litter items in Europe
  • Position paper on recycling of biobased plastics​

Research & Development

  • PepsiCo joins sustainable plastic bottle consortium
  • Elastomer applications of "biobased oil"
  • Methane-to-protein plant nears commission
  • Catalytic process for biobased amino acids
  • Advances in biorefinery technology​


  • DuPont's Sorona plant expands to meet demand
  • Spider Silk technology for plane materials
  • UK parliament adopts compostable plastics
  • Metsä plant to produce textile fibres from wood pulp​


  • Novel Cyrene-based reactions
  • Pilot plant for biobased platform chemicals opened​

Consumer Products

  • Biobased packaging for Only Natural Pet products
  • Bio-On launches biobased fashion material sector
  • Europe's first biobased milk packaging
  • DuPont releases new stable enzymes for detergents
  • Waitrose first UK supermarket to sell plastic-free sandwich wraps
  • Waitrose commits to plastic bag phase-out​



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