South Korean chemical company LG Chem has exported the first shipment of its bio-balanced super absorbent polymer (SAP), the company announced on 4 August.

Bio-balanced SAP referred to SAP derived from renewable raw materials such as waste and residue oils and fats, LG Chem said, and the product had gained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus certification.

Shipped from the Yeosu Plant, the product would be delivered to one of LG Chem’s clients in Jordan, Baby Life, for use in the production of nappies, the company said.

Last year, LG Chem’s entered a partnership with renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel producer Neste that ensured a steady supply of renewable hydrocarbons needed for the manufacture of renewable polymer and chemical products.

LG Chem, which has been producing bio-balanced SAP since July, said it was also planning to launch a total of nine bio-balanced products this year including polyolefin (PO), acrylonitrile (ABS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC).

“It is the starting point for a fully-fledged shift in the product portfolio towards eco-friendly materials in the petrochemicals business”, LG Chem executive vice president and president of the petrochemicals business Kug Lae Noh said.

ISCC is a global sustainability certification system covering all sustainable feedstocks, including agricultural and forestry biomass, circular and bio-based materials and renewables.