Sustainability of biobased materials: opportunities and challenges

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Today’s linear ‘take, make, and dispose’ economic model relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, and is reaching its ecological limits. In a circular economy, resources are regenerated in the biocycle
or recovered and restored in the technical cycle. This is an attractive and viable alternative economic model that businesses have already started exploring today1. Main drivers for change are societal challenges like climate change,
resource scarcity, energy insecurity, waste problems and an increasing population with growing materials demands. Biobased materials have great potential to boost the transition to a circular economy due to renewable feedstock use and possible waste prevention strategies like biodegradation.
However, biobased materials are not intrinsically sustainable...
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jun 2017
EventBiotech France: International Conference and Exhibition - Paris, France
Duration: 28 Jun 201730 Jul 2017
Conference number: 2017


ConferenceBiotech France
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  • stainability assessments
  • biobased materials
  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
  • biobased economy
  • circular economy
  • environmental impact

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