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Bioisobutene worth it for L’Oreal

by Alex Scott
June 20, 2016 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 94, ISSUE 25

French start-up Global Bioenergies has secured $10 million from the European Union to work with cosmetics firm L’Oreal and other partners on a commercial route to biobased isobutene. L’Oreal is seeking raw materials with a lighter environmental footprint. Bioisobutene has less than half the carbon footprint of isobutene made from petrochemicals, Global Bioenergies claims. The partners plan to open a 50,000-metric-ton-per-year bioisobutene plant in 2019 that uses sugar beet residue and forestry waste as feedstocks.

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