Sustainability of biobased materials needed in manufacturing various products such as laundry detergent and plastic bottles still requires data to back it up, observers say. The Biotechnology Industry Organization is helping member companies work with outside organizations to check sustainability certification schemes and gather data on the sustainability of feedstocks and processing techniques. "For each company to try to go it alone subjects them to the challenges of having to solve problems in the most efficient way, which may not necessarily be the best way," said Paul Winters, BIO communications director.

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