Purac Sustainability Biobased chemicals
Corbion Purac
Leading in natural food preservation and biobased building blocks

Biobased chemicals

Our biobased chemicals
Purac produces - via its fermentation processes - a wide range of products which are mostly 100% biobased. These products can be used in many different applications, such as home & personal care, animal health, coatings and inks, (agro)chemicals  and offer the opportunity to improve the carbon footprint of industrial and consumer products to consequently obtain more sustainable products. For an overview of our Biobased applications click here.
Today, Purac uses agricultural feedstocks to produce lactic acid and derivatives. Common examples are cane sugar, corn starch, beet sugar, tapioca starch. As part of our sustainable sourcing program, Purac is a member of Bonsucro and SEDEX. Through Bonsucro, a multi-stakeholder non-profit initiative, we work on reducing the environmental and social impact of cane sugar production. Through SEDEX, a multi-stakeholder initiative, we work engage with our suppliers concerning social, ethical and environmental aspects of their activities.

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Production process
Fermentation of carbohydrates is the core of our fermentation process. Micro-organisms derived from nature, convert agricultural feedstocks into lactic acid and other organic acids. After the fermentation, the organic acids are purified and concentrated and for a large part, used to produce derivatives. Overall, nature is a very important contributor to our final natural products. In our production plants, we continuously look for opportunities to reduce our environmental footprint by decreasing energy consumption and water use, and the production of co-products and waste materials. Purac is also actively working on the the development of processes to replace agricultural feedstocks with cellulosic feedstocks, so called 2nd generation biomass, in order to not interfere with the food value chain.

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About Corbion Purac

Corbion Purac is a leading company in food preservation, biobased chemicals and biobased monomers for PLA. It is the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides.