Biobased Products on shelves

In honor of Earth Day (it has been awhile since the blog last posted about this event), here is a list of some of the new bio-based products in the market as well as several chemical products launched in the past weeks (or so).

According to a Sustainability Survey white paper published last year by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and DuPont, the trend to purchase “green products” was most pronounced with food, detergent and appliances, and that among different regions, European consumers were more inclined to purchase “green products” in the area of personal hygiene rather than appliances.

Asian consumers, meanwhile, are the most concerned about “green” issues when making product purchase decisions. In fact, Asian consumers ranked sustainability credentials much higher in their purchase consideration than their European or North American counterparts.

Barriers that prevent consumers from purchasing more “green products,” according to the survey, include perception of higher cost; perception of reduced quality or performance; low awareness or understanding of “green products”; and perception that the “green label” is a marketing gimmick.

  • Bio-buddy Dog Waste Bag – Custom Bioplastics LLC launched its new “Bio-Buddy” dog waste bag using Cardia’s BioHybrid technology and recycled resin. The Biohybrid resins are blends of starch-based thermoplastics and petroleum-based olefins.
  • Ecoverde Coffee packs – McCullagh Coffee, a US coffee roasting company, has introduced a compostable pack for its Rainforest Alliance Certified Ecoverde Coffee brand using cellulose-based (wood pulp) NatureFlex from Innovia Films. The renewable biobased content of NatureFlex films is typically 95% by weight of material.
  • Greenware containers – Fabri-Kal has launched Greenware On-The-Go boxes made from NatureWork’s Ingeo polylactic acid resin. Other products on the Greenware brand include cold drink cups and portion containers all made with Ingeo biopolymer. The products are 100% compostable in actively managed municipal or industrial facilities and are not suitable for backyard composting.
  • Compostable Juicer bags – Breville Group, a global designer and manufacturer of small kitchen appliances will market Cardia’s compostable juicer bags under the brand “the Clean and Green” juicer pulp bag as part of its Juicer accessory offering to consumers. The bags come in packs of 30.
  • Sugarcane Packaging Tubes – Tectubes has launched a commercial bio-sourced packaging tube made of FKuR’s Terralene range – a biobased polyethylene compounds made from Braskem’s Green PE. Tectubes injection mould, extrude and print the various parts of the tube. Tectubes are now offering either biodegradable tubes using FKuR’s Bio-Flex (blends of copolyester and polylactic acid) or non-biodegradable sugarcane-based tubes using Terralene.
  • Bio-composite speakers – Finnish speaker manufacturer Genelec has chosen UPM ForMi’s cellulose fiber-based biocomposite as the material for their new high-end speaker model. Genelec will produce two M series speakers using the biocomposites, which can replace up to 50% of petroleum-based plastics.
  • Biodegradable diapers – gDiapers is offering a line of diaper covers with biodegradable disposable inserts. The inserts are 100% biodegradable in home composts in 50-150 days and are reportedly made of cellulose, fluff pulp and super absorber. The Oregon-based company did not disclose its biodegradable material supplier. gDiapers also markets biodegradable cellulose-based wipes
  • Compostable straws – Cell-O-Core Company is manufacturing its Cello-Green compostable drinking straws using Cereplast Compostable 7003. The Bio Straws are disposable with food waste and will fully biodegrade in a municipal composting facility in 180 days or less. The straws are designed and produced for use in cold beverages only and are not recommended for use in hot beverages over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Bioplastic baby products – Nova Nature is marketing its line of PlantBaby teethers and rattles made from NatureWorks’ Ingeo biopolymers.
  • Bio-based Therapy Packs – Etavonni Products has launched FrozenPeaz hot and cold therapy packs made with DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Zemea 100% bio-based propanediol. Patent-pending FrozenPeaz products are available online and through selected physical therapy clinics.
  • Green Hard Hat – Pittsburgh-based safety equipment manufacturer MSA has developed industrial hard hats under its MSA V-Gard GRN line made with Braskem’s sugarcane-based high-density polyethylene (HDPE) resins. The hard hat is nearly 100% renewable-based according to MSA.


  • Evonik – Cellulose additive TEGO Feel Green for gel formulation; TEGOLON ECO 10-10, a fully vegetable-based polyamide particles for cosmetic formulation such as matting foundations and loose and compact facial powders; TEGOSOFT AC, a 100% vegetable-based emollient
  • Lanxess – yeast-based beta-glucan for anti-aging and skin protection products
  • SolvayJaguar LS, a conditioning guar polymer for shampoo formulations; Rhodapex ESB-70 NAT, a vegetable-based cleansing formulation for shampoos, body washes, liquid hand soaps and detergents
  • Sonneborn – SonneNatural, a 100% vegetable-based emollients
  • Clariant Plantasens plant-based actives, emulsifiers and emollients ranging from vegetable oils and natural butters
  • Dow ChemicalEcoSense 3000 surfactant based on coconut and palm oil raw materials for use in shampoos and body washes.
  • Inolex – LexFeel N range of fluids made with succinate emollients from BioAmber.


  • Vencorex – launched Tolonate™ X FLO 100 a new, partially bio-based, solvent-free aliphatic isocyanate polymer
  • DuPont Tate & Lyle – has introduced Greenway solar heat transfer fluids manufactured by Climalife and made with Susterra 100% bio-based propanediol.
  • Evonik – has expanded production capacity for its VISIOMER IBOMA (isobornyl methacrylate) by 20%. The specialty methacrylate is manufactured from a renewable resource for use in automotive coatings.
  • Manufacturers Chemicals LLC – has developed a dispersing agent/anti-settling aid under the brand EcoCare ASA made from vegetable-based materials.
  • Zeon Chemicals – has been developing Hydrin elastomers, an epichlorohydrin monomer derived from palm and other vegetable oils.
  • Ampac – launched BioFlex Pack™,  a biodegradable laminate for dry products. The material is fully biodegradable and compostable.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.


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