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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 90, September 2019

Category: biobased,biorefining
Published: 05/09/2019
Author: NNFCC
Each month we review the latest news and select key announcements and commentary from across the biobased products sector.


Since 2010 when Braskem’s polyethylene plant was first commissioned, Braskem has been well established as a world leader in biobased plastic production. Their product ‘I’m Green’ is made from sugarcane ethanol – a renewable resource. It has the same properties, performance and versatility as its fossil-derived counterpart, making it an attractive replacement. The number of applications is ever increasing, with this month seeing it used as packaging in dog food for American company Earth Animal. Papier-Mettler, a packaging supplier, have also started to include I’m Green in their product catalogue. Braskem have since 2010 been expanding on their portfolio. Their latest product, ‘I’m Green EVO’ combines vinyl acetate monomer with ethylene during the polymerisation. It is expected to supply the footwear, automotive and transportation markets. Brazil-based Tnin Shoes have kicked things off by incorporating I’m Green EVO into their children’s footwear range alongside recycled PET and water-based glue. Replacing petroleum-derived plastics with biobased does not overcome the issue of........

Other News this Month Includes:


  • Braskem renews partnership with French start-up
  • DuPont considers $20 billion divestment
  • Hasbro plan to phase out plastic in 2020
  • Analysis of the US biobased products industry
  • Avantium first half of 2019 results
  • Molson Coors launches new strategy​

Research & Development

  • Food waste to UV filters
  • Closed plastic loop demonstration
  • Rapid, High‐Yield Fructose Dehydration to 5‐Hydroxymethylfurfural in Mixtures of Water and the Noncoordinating Ionic Liquid [bmim][OTf] ​


  • Dasani to increase recycled materials
  • New ice cream packaging reduces plastic
  • Dog food packaged in bio-based plastic
  • Papier-Mettler uses I'm Green polyethylene​


  • Citrus fibre as new food additive
  • BASF sustainable chelating agents
  • Braskem develops solvent from sugarcane​

Consumer Products

  • Biodegradable wet wipe
  • Zara sets goal for 100% sustainable fabrics
  • Plant-based beer mug
  • KitKat swaps paper for plastic in Japan
  • Tnin uses green polyethylene in shoe​



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