Bio-based chemicals: When green is toxic

Market rush to bioproducts has raised some old questions and a new concern

Compostable cups. The PlantBottle. Polyethylene plastic from sugar cane. Bioplastics and other biobased chemicals – made from plants rather than petroleum – can slash a product’s carbon footprint.

Brand owners are driving demand for bioproducts to help meet corporate sustainability goals. And biobased makes economic sense as a hedge against the high price of crude and volatile fossil fuel markets.

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Tags: environmental safety, benefits, greenhouse gases, ethanol, food crops, concern, TSCA reform, federal chemical safety system, market barriers, lax regulation, PVC, p-xylene, biobased toxic chemicals, GreenScreenTM


Greenbiz, 2013-02-01.


Cargill, Inc.
Coca-Cola Co.
Ford Motor Company
Heinz Company
NatureWorks LLC
Procter & Gamble
Virent, Inc.