There are already a wide range of commercially available bio-based products on the market offering a diverse range of functionalities. However, what can they be used for and why should the public sector purchase them? And how can procurers ensure that they have been produced in a sustainable manner? What types of standards are available?
In an attempt to provide more information about the most relevant issues concerning bio-based products and services, a series of factsheets is being published during the course of the InnProBio project. The first two have been on understanding what exactly bio-based products are, and on sustainability issues related to bio-based products. The latest factsheet covers myths and facts about biodegradability.
Factsheets for download can be found at www.bio-based.eu/policy.
InnProBio, the Forum for Bio-Based Innovation in Public Procurement, aims to develop a community of public procurement practitioners interested in innovative bio-based products and services. By harnessing the potential of public procurement to foster innovation, InnProBio aims to work with the public sector to develop tools for purchasers, facilitate the creation of buyers groups, and increase awareness and incentives in order to lower the barriers to purchasing. Thus leading to the opening of new markets of bio-based products in Europe.
More information on the project can be found here.