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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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.