Environmentally friendly products

Increasingly, sustainability is an important metric for assessing how environmentally friendly a product is. Petrochemicals intrinsically fail the sustainability metric as the timeframe of fossil carbon feedstock generation massively exceeds that of its use. In contrast, the biomass feedstocks used to produce biobased chemicals can be used to bring generation and use into a sustainable alignment. Additionally, petrochemicals are completely synthetic and generally not naturally occurring in the environment. In contrast, there are promising biobased chemicals, such as biopesticides and antimicrobials, that are directly generated by nature.