April 22, 2013

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.
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