Biobased 101

Biobased products are made from renewable material such as woody biomass (trees), agricultural waste, or marine materials (algae). There is a wide variety of biobased products being made today, including biobased chemicals, advanced biofuels, bioplastics, and other advanced materials (like nanocellulose).

Biobased products have less of a carbon footprint than products made from fossil fuels (oil and natural gas). Global demand for biobased products is growing substantially as consumers and companies seek to replace products made from non-renewable sources with safer, more sustainable products. Many biobased products are compostable and biodegradable, which means at the end of their useful life, they will break down readily, returning nutriments to the soil.

Maine has the potential to succeed in supplying the world with more biobased products because we have abundant biomass (trees), hard workers, world-class research and development capabilities, and existing industrial infrastructure that can be used to make biobased products.

Biobased Maine is committed to advancing biobased manufacturing in Maine, and many of our member companies are already making biobased products from renewable materials. As we build a critical mass for biobased manufacturing in Maine, this will result in job growth and a sustainable economy.