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Now open for entries: 2019 Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards.

Posted on Jan 21, 2019 4:33:37 PM

2019 Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards.Innovation is at the heart of the Bio-Based World Community, from our news portal and Quarterly magazine, to our growing social media platforms and our newly launched reports and webinars, right through to our flagship event, World Bio Markets. For us innovation takes many forms and we will once again be rewarding the leading innovators from across our industry during a ceremony at World Bio Markets 2019 in Amsterdam in April.

We have five separate awards. Size isn’t important, you could be a one-person start-up, or a global multi-national. Innovation is the key. This year sees a brand new award launched to recognise brand commitment to sustainability.

And scroll down to vote in our Bio-based industry story of the year 2019 category.

Bio-Based Product of the Year

A product currently available to purchase that is derived from plants or other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price, functionality and quality. Details on how to enter and what you can win here. 

2018 winner - Stora Enso - Lignin repurposed for fossil-based materials

Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year

An innovation involving enzymes, platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term. Details on how to enter and what you can win here. 

2018 winner - Advonex - Hydrocarbon ingredients

Best use of alternative feedstocks.

Using alternative feedstocks is normally more than just changing the raw materials. It can require new supply and preparation infrastructure, fresh growing and harvesting techniques, new chemical processing technologies or access to new partnerships. For this category a feedstock is defined as any renewable, biological material that can be converted. The use will focus on research, development, demonstration and of course innovation and will likely feature robust partnerships. Details on how to enter and what you can win here. 

2018 winner - Enerkem - Non-recyclable waste converted into fuels and chemicals

Sustainability Commitment *NEW FOR 2019*

Honours brands that have made a major change to how they source and manufacture their products. Whether you are big or small, change is never easy. This rewards consumer facing brands that have striven to make their supply chains greener in the past twelve months by replacing petro-based chemicals or materials with bio-based or sustainable alternatives. A particular focus will also be placed on how these updated products are marketed and sold. 

Bio-based industry story of the year 2019 - VOTING NOW CLOSED. 

Voted for by, you our readers selected from the top ten stories of 2018.

Read all about them, in no particular order... 

It's official! Braskem’s carbon-negative claims for its bio-based plastic are approved.

Your shirt is rubbish! Man Utd launch new kit made from recycled plastic waste.

CO2 + sunlight = chemicals at Photanol’s planned new demo plant.

Introducing a 100% bio-based transparent and thermally stable polyamide made from wood waste. 

Clipper Teas claims world first with new non-GM, plastic-free tea bag made from bananas.

Croda officially launches new 100% bio-based surfactants.  

Japan-Netherlands researchers discover new method to enable large-scale production of bio-based plastic bottles. 

The Fresh Prince goes bio-based with launch of new water bottle in 800+ UK shops. 

Bio-On inaugurates its very own €20m bio-plastics production plant. 

Thyssenkrupp-commissioned bio-plastic plant starts production in China.

... and vote below. 


Entries open: Monday 21st January.

Deadline for entries: Friday 15th February

Shortlist announced: Monday 25th February.

Winners announced and trophies awarded on April 2nd at World Bio Markets 2019 in Amsterdam.

Details on how to enter and what you can win here.  

Judging panel

  • Dr Michaël Kolk, Partner Arthur D. Little (ADL).
  • Cynthia A. Phillips, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Chief Creative Officer, The Disruptive Factory.
  • Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D., President, Vireo Advisors, LLC.
  • Bridgett Luther Co-Founder, The Disruptive Factory, founder Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
  • Melanie Williams, Director, Melanie Williams Consulting 
  • Marcel van Berkel, CEO, VanBerkel Consultancy.

World Bio Markets 2019

You may also be interested in... 

Read: Who are the winners of the 2018 Bio-Based World News Awards? 

Read: Who are the winners of the European Bio-Based Innovation Awards 2017?

Visit: World Bio Markets, 1st-3rd April 2019, Amsterdam.

Read: Industry heavyweights back scheme to help end plastic waste in the environment.

NEW! And available to download: Issue #12 of the Bio-Based World Quarterly.

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