Bioproducts

Bioproducts

The products we know made from greener roots

The term 'biobased product' refers to products wholly or partly derived from biomass, such as grasses, trees or other plants. To make a biobased product, the biomass can have undergone physical, chemical or biological treatment. It is important to understand what the term 'biobased product' covers, and how it is being used. The reason for increasing interest in biobased products, in part, can be found in their benefits as they pertain to minimizing fossil resource consumption, or climate change. Biobased products can also provide additional product functionalities, less resource intensive production, price points that are decoupled from oil, and more efficient use of a wider range of natural resources.

Companies, governments and consumers are confronted with numerous uncertainties with new products, new technologies, and new supply chains. These uncertainties may slow growth of the bioindustrial market into full-scale commercial applications.


What Are Biobased Products?

Biobased products are commercial or industrial products that are composed in whole, or in significant part, of biological products or renewable agricultural or forestry materials. Biobased products can include big buckets of goods such as:

  1. Adhesives
  2. Construction materials and composites
  3. Fibers, paper, and packaging
  4. Fuel additives
  5. Landscaping materials, compost, and fertilizer
  6. Lubricants and functional fluids
  7. Plastics
  8. Paints and coatings
  9. Solvents and cleaners
  10. Sorbents
  11. Plant and vegetable inks

A detailed description of each category can be found at: http://www.biobased.oce.usda.gov

Bioplastics are a particularly visible market that is helping to educate, and establish relevance with, large consumer audiences.