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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 78, September 2018

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 07/09/2018
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


How to tackle the pollution caused by irresponsible disposal of plastic packaging is one most hotly debated topics across plastic and sustainability circles. While it’s widely agreed that we should reduce the use of plastic packaging this can’t be at the expense of the product the packaging protects. Where packaging is needed, we must work towards making it as sustainable as possible, for example the use of renewable raw materials allows a move away from the use of environmentally damaging fossil fuels while recognising that the biobased products we produce must be integrated into an effective recovery system, to ensure that where ever possible plastics are recycled. When recycling isn’t an effective option or where durable plastic contaminates biogenic waste streams, such as food waste, we can turn our attention to........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Report into harmonising circular economy and bioeconomy
  • Review of exempting "biodegradable" plastics from waste restrictions

Research & Development

  • Plastic fully metabolised by microbes
  • Assessing consumer preferences regarding biobased plastic sports equipment​


  • SECOS resin plant goes live
  • 97% marine-biodegradable plastic
  • Kaneka to up capacity for biobased plastic manufacturing​


  • Cortec releases biobased general purpose lubricant
  • Gevo ups production with Shockwave process
  • Testing novel catalysts for lactide production
  • Forestry waste for 2,3-butanediol​

Consumer Products

  • First Reebok plant-based shoe
  • Kennedy Space Centre gets biobased artificial lawn
  • JUST Water launches in UK
  • Chicken litter plastic and grape waste leather
  • UNITED CAPS and Braskem collaborate for biobased plastic caps​



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