Bio (plant)-based chemicals are the unexpected beneficiaries of the North American shale gas boom
.. Sugars, glycerin and other plant-derived feedstocks are emerging as economically competitive starting materials for a range of commodity chemicals, in part, because of tight supplies of conventional feedstocks such as propylene, isobutylene, butadiene and isoprene.
Bio-renewables can replace petro-chemicals. Some 65 years ago (!!), furfural was destined to be the feedstock for Nylon (see “Historic Background”: dalinyebo.com/furfural-market).