Volume 92 Issue 27 | pp. 18-19
Issue Date: July 7, 2014

Biobased Companies Take A Closer Look At Sustainability

Establishing green credentials requires including the impact of agricultural raw materials
Department: Business | Collection: Sustainability
Keywords: sustainability, biobased chemicals, bioplastics, water, climate change, corn

Thanks to the emerging bioeconomy, renewable substances made from plants can now be found in places as varied as car interiors, laundry detergent, and plastic bottles. But as the industry works feverishly to increase its scale, the marketing trope that “plant-based” is equal to sustainable may lose luster, unless green claims can be backed by data.

Consumer goods makers want to buy more biobased materials. Yet they point out that most life-cycle assessments for these . . .

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