Bio-based chemicals: When green is toxic

| October 11, 2017

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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. But is bio-based enough? Consumers want safer products too. Simply replacing the carbon from oil with carbon from plants won't necessarily make a product safer.

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