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. Beyond food ingredients & personal care, biobased products can include big buckets of goods ranging all the way to construction materials and industrial categories.
A detailed description of 97 categories already identified by the USDA's biopreferred program can be found at: https://www.biopreferred.gov/BioPreferred/faces/pages/ProductCategories.xhtml