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NNFCC News Review: Biobased Products Issue 114, September 2021

Category: biobased
Published: 09/09/2021
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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Sporting events often have an incredibly social and economic impact on society, at a local and international scale. In recent years, the environmental impact of the sporting industry, notably through the mass production of equipment and infrastructure, has occupied a prominent place on international media platforms. The sporting industry is attempting to tackle these environmental issues which is leading to a number of biobased products recently making their way into high-tech equipment for athletes at the highest level, as well as in everyday sport attire for beginners and casual joggers and gymgoers. 

Covestro and Australia-based Advanced Polymer Technology (APT) have partnered to develop the Poligras Tokyo GT field hockey surface for the 2021 Olympic Games. The polyol binder which sits right below the surface of the field, called cardyon®, was made thanks to Covestro’s CO2 technology. This recent process helps reduce the amount of petroleum-derived raw material used...

Other News this Month Includes:  


  • Stora Enso’s pilot plant for lignin-based carbon materials for batteries
  • ICP’s Benefect® products certified as the first and only 100%-biobased disinfectant technology by the USDA
  • Unilever partners with Arzeda, harnessing the power of computer-designed enzymes

Research & Development

  • UK Research and Innovation paves the way for a future engineering biology programme
  • Bio-based process for the catalytic production of ethyl levulinate from cellulose
  • LanzaTech and lululemon partner to create the first fabric using recycled carbon emissions


  • Kraton's CirKular+™ additives receive APR critical guidance recognition for HDPE bottles
  • Nippon Shokubai obtains ISCC PLUS for bio-based superabsorbent polymers
  • More...


  • Clariant produces compostable pigments
  • Exploring the microbial production of aromatic fine chemicals
  • Origin Materials earns USDA certified biobased product label

Consumer Products

  • HC introduces new biobased growing containers to the market
  • WNDR Alpine launches the Vital 100 Backcountry Ski introducing algal cast
  • More...


  • Arkema launches a new renewable PVDF grade for batteries


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