What are bio-based products? A Factsheet Aims to Provide Clarity

The EU-funded InnProBio project published Factsheet #1. It offers some definitions and graphic illustrations on the type of feedstock used to make the products and of the uses for biobased products.

 

The bioeconomy presents a great potential, as it can maintain and create economic growth especially in underdeveloped, rural areas in Africa. It is a unique opportunity for the integration of small-scale farmers and/or foresters into primary production and processing industries.

 

Factsheet #1 highlights the benefits of bio-based products, such as their potential to reduce the economy’s dependence on fossil feedstocks, to create green jobs (not only) in the European Union, and to help drive European innovation. The link between bio-based products and sustainability is also outlined:

Sustainability of bio-based products is dependent on multiple factors, such as sourcing of feedstock, design of the production process, adequate choice of disposal option, etc.

The section From biomass to bio-based products shows in a very visual way different …

… biomass feedstocks, i.e. sugar, starch and natural rubber

… bio-based intermediates, i.e. fibres, polymers and composites

… and bio-based end products.

It is a year since the publication of the first factsheet (we reported here) and the InnProBio team has since added two more:

  • Factsheet #2: Focus On Sustainability
  • Factsheet #3: Myths and Facts about Biodegradability

Read: Biobased Products: Two Factsheets