Open-Bio project launches bio-based products database 

November 20, 2016 |

In the EU, Open-Bio has launched a database that provides relevant information about bio-based end products to assist public buyers in making purchasing decisions. The main goal? To simplify the lives of procurement officials that want to pay more attention to bio-based products but don’t know where to start.

The database presents various bio-based products which are relevant for public procurers and sorted by application area, product type and Common Procurement Vocabulary Code. Products include for example office supplies, gardening equipment, lubricants or plastics plates and cutlery.

In the database, users find information about the bio-based content of products, sustainability, functionality and end-of-life aspects, such as biodegradability. Claims are supported by references to standards, technical sheets and labels.

The database shall become a starting point for public purchasers to get informed about the various bio-based products available on the European market. It can be used as an entrance portal for market research in order to widen the public procurement product portfolio beyond conventional fossil based products.

Suppliers of bio-based end products are invited to join the database. Access is free of charge. Data will be presented in English.

The database was developed by a European team led by the German Agency for Renewable Resources (http://international.fnr.de/) including nova-Institute; BTG Biomass Technology Group, TU Berlin and DLO. The project was coordinated by the Netherlands Standardization Institute (NEN).

The database can be found on the Open-Bio website here.

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