PAS 600:2013 - Bio-based products. Guide to standards and claims
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PAS 600:2013

Bio-based products. Guide to standards and claims

Status : Current   Published : October 2013


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Bio-based products are products which are wholly or partly derived from biomass and include intermediates, materials and semi-finished or final products. They range from high-value added fine chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and food additives, to high volume materials such as bio-polymers or chemical feedstocks.

Examples of bio-based products include:

  • amino acids;
  • chemical and pharmaceutical building blocks;
  • composite materials based on natural fibres;
  • cosmetics;
  • enzymes;
  • lubricants;
  • organic acids;
  • paints;plastics and polymers;solvents;
  • surfactants; and textiles made from natural fibres.

Bio-based products have a shorter carbon cycle compared to products made from fossil-based resources. Carbon captured in biomass can be replenished within a relatively short period of time, for example, with plant oils or timber this period ranges from a few years to a few decades. Carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacture, use or disposal of bio-based products can be used by plants, as part of photosynthesis, and converted into new biomass.

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Standard NumberPAS 600:2013
TitleBio-based products. Guide to standards and claims
Publication Date31 October 2013
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)No other standards are informatively referenced
DescriptorsPetroleum products, Liquids, Bio-lubricants, Lubricants, Biomass, Mineral oils, Biodegradability, Biodegradable materials, Toxicity, Composition, Terminology, Labels, Marking
ISBN978 0 580 78758 4
File Size1.678 MB
NotesFOC download only

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