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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 139, October 2023

Category: biobased
Published: 04/10/2023
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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Biobased chemicals are chemical products derived wholly or partially from biological sources, including fungi, algae, crops, trees, marine organisms, and biological waste. They provide an alternative to conventional fossil derived chemicals.

Whilst biobased chemicals have found success in various industries, like cosmetics, solvents, and adhesives; the majority of organic chemicals and polymers still originate from fossil-based feedstocks, predominantly oil and gas. Global petrochemical production of chemicals and polymers was estimated at around 330 million tonnes in 2020 and is set to keep growing over the coming years, with primary output focused on key building blocks such as methanol, ethylene, propylene, butadiene, benzene, toluene, and xylene. These building blocks serve as the basis for numerous polymers, plastics, and specialty chemicals with unique functions.

However, factors such as consumer demand for eco-friendly goods, net zero targets, and finite supplies of non-renewable resources have created new prospects for biobased chemicals and polymers. Industry is increasingly considering chemical and polymer production from renewable resources as an attractive investment opportunity.

Recently, BASF signed a long-term agreement to obtain biobased 1,4-butanediol (BDO) from Qore, a joint venture of Cargill and HELM AG...

Other News this Month Includes:    


  • Ban on polluting single-use plastics comes into force in England
  • CertiPUR-US® program starts certifying 25% biobased foams


  • BASF expands its BDO portfolio with QIRA® bio-based 1,4-butanediol
  • Adore Me collaborates with Ever Dye to depollute the dyeing process for lingerie
  • UPM selects Brenntag as exclusive European distributor for their novel bio-based MEG

Research & Development

  • BioPowder enhances packaging solutions with olive stone powder additive
  • Purdue introduces innovative bio-based adhesives that strengthen in water


  • Neste and LyondellBasell collaborate on biobased polymers for the construction industry


  • Dow introduces more sustainable propylene glycol solutions in Europe
  • BASF expands monomers portfolio with the introduction of biobased 2-octyl acrylate
  • CropEnergies chooses climate-neutral energy solution for new production facility

Consumer Products

  • Spinnova and Renewcell collaborate to scale circular fashion
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Group introduces BioPBS™, a bio-based compostable polymer, in redesigned EN TEA teabag pouches
  • More... 


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