Sustainability Consult Published in Speciality Chemicals Magazine

BMJ in SpecChem 2017We are delighted to see an article by our Senior Consultant Bárbara Mendes-Jorge published in leading chemicals publication Speciality Chemicals Magazine. 'Bio-based Views from Brussels: Sustainability, Circular Economy and Credible Communications' promotes the Bio Revolution and trustworthy communications on the environmental benefits of bio-based solutions.

With internationally recognised brands like IKEA and Lego setting bold targets to boost biomaterials in their supply chains, interest and demand for bio-based solutions is expected to surge.

“The key benefits of investing in bio-based chemicals include contributing to a post-petroleum society, creating new jobs and reduced handling expenses compared to traditional, more hazardous chemicals,” writes Bárbara.

Ensuring the widespread adoption of sustainable biomaterials will require clear messaging and consumer education. As Bárbara explains, “While a bio-based product is a petro-based alternative by default, it does not mean it is automatically more sustainable. It is important for companies to communicate transparently, take a life cycle approach and back up their sustainability claims with data. Resources, feedstock, energy use and recycling are all issues that need to be clearly addressed. To be credible and raise awareness of bio-based products, scientific language needs to be translated clearly.”

In 2013, Speciality Chemicals Magazine published Sustainability Consult CEO Kathryn Sheridan’s ‘Five Commandments for the Bio Revolution’.

Read Bárbara’s article here.