“Invista and Genomatica say they will pursue nylon intermediates from sugar. Coca-Cola is making progress toward a 100 percent bio-based soda bottle (they are already at 30 percent),” Bomgardner wrote in his article.
But a complete transition to a bio-based economy will not be easy, he added.
“The main challenge to this shift is economics. Prices for bio-based raw materials to feed the supply chain must drop to competitive levels and manufacturers must invest in new facilities to process the raw materials,” said Bomgardner.
And, ultimately, it is the consumers’ pocketbooks that will likely decide just how far this trend will go, he concluded.