“Bio-“ is Greek for life.Bio-based material refers to a products main constituent consisting of a substance, or substances, originally derived from living organisms. These substances may be natural or synthesized organic compounds that exist in nature.
This definition could include natural materials such as leather and wood, but typically refers to modern materials. Many of the modern innovations use bio-based materials to create products that biodegrade. Some examples are: cornstarch, derived from a grain and now being used in the creation of packaging pellets; bio-plastics created with soybean oil, now being used in the creation of many modern products like tractors, water bottles, and take away cutlery.