Finalists named for bio-based innovation award

A solvent for hand wipes, furniture made from coffee grounds and a renewable food packaging material are among the finalists for the nova-Institute’s ‘Bio-Based Material of the Year’ award.

The competition focuses on new developments in the bio-based material industry, focusing on applications and markets that have been developed for a market launch in 2015 or 2016.

This year, six bio-based materials and products have been nominated for the award by an advisory board, out of more than 20 submitted products. The nominated companies are from the United States, Germany, Belgium, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

Each company will now give a 10-minute presentation at the International Conference on Bio-based Materials, which takes place on 5-6 April in Cologne. Delegates at the conference will then votes for the three winners of the award.

Last year the award was won by Bayer MaterialScience, who created a bio-based cross linker for high-performance coatings in the car industry.

Finalists named for bio-based innovation award


Amyris Inc. (US) – Myralene™-10

Myralene™-10 is a new high-performance, sustainably sourced, solvent made from the β-farnesene compound that Amyris produces in Brazil on a commercial scale using the fermentation of sugarcane juice using special strains of baker's yeast.

The product is a low-vapour pressure solvent with high thermal, oxidative and hydrolytic stability, low odour, no colour, a ‘favourable viscosity profile’ and which is readily biodegradable. The first product line containing it is the Muck Daddy family of waterless hand cleaners and wipes.

Covestro Deutschland AG (Germany) – Impranil® eco

Impranil® eco is a bio-based waterborne polyurethane dispersion for textile coatings. Covestro says the application will make new levels of sustainability possible for PU synthetic materials such as footwear, garments and accessories, making it possible to produce coated textiles with high performance and low content of fossil-based raw materials in each layer.

The application can be used in every layer of the production of synthetic materials or coated textiles and is not in direct competition with the food chain.

Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH (Germany) – REWOFERM® SL 446

REWOFERM® SL 446 is a biosurfactant made by fermentation with a natural, non-genetically modified yeast using European sourced sugar and oil feedstock. It has a low carbon footprint and is completely biodegradable. It is compliant with European Ecolabel requirements and it also behaves as a super-mild surfactant to the skin.

Evonik says that the application can replace petro-chemically based surfactants, boosting the foaming and the grease removal of washing liquids.

Orineo BVBA (Belgium) – Touch of Nature™

Orineo has developed a new range of biomaterials designed to last for 20 years giving nature more time to replenish feedstocks. Branded as Touch of Nature™, the range uses coffee grounds, cork stoppers, berry seeds and olive leaves to obtain a range of colours and patterns based on nature. They are available commercially allowing liquid bio-based formulations to be used in producing floors, tabletops and furniture based on waste streams.


SIPDRILL RS is renewable alkene designed specifically for use in high performance drilling mud systems. It is 100 per cent hydrocarbon, manufactured via the fermentation of sustainable sugar.

SIP reports that the chemical has been shown to perform well in drilling muds, whilst exhibiting very low toxicity characteristics as mandated by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the UK Centre for Environment
Fisheries and Aquaculture Science. The company says that the chemical is the first 100 per cent renewable, hydrocarbon drilling base fluid and will begin sale in fourth quarter of 2016.

Tetra Pak International S.A. (Sweden) – Tetra Rex® Bio-based

Tetra Pak’s biotechnology innovation, Tetra Rex® Bio-based, launched in 2015addresses the issue of sustainable packaging. The company produces a fully renewable package for chilled liquid food from renewable, recyclable and traceable Forest Stewardship Council certified packaging and bio-based plastic derived entirely from sugarcane. Following success in the European market, 100 million packs will be delivered globally in 2016.

More information  about the ‘Bio-Based Material of the Year’ award and the candidates can be found on the nova-Institute’s website.

(Thumbnail photo: (c) Orineo