Plant-based materials are now available in a wide variety of consumer products, but manufacturer claims that link sustainability to plant-based materials are facing increased scrutiny from customers and retailers. "Measuring -- and improving upon -- the environmental and social impacts of their own suppliers may help companies ward off the reputation problems that have haunted makers of the most prevalent biobased chemical, corn ethanol," Melody Bomgardner writes. To this end, the Biotechnology Industry Organization has created a sustainable supply chain initiative and recommendations for working with supply chain partners.

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