Our mission

We believe that bioplastics are a major driver in the evolution of plastics and that they contribute significantly to a more sustainable society. Our mission is to advance the economic and regulatory framework in Europe to allow for the bioplastics market to grow and flourish. Therefore, we aim to bring together all relevant partners and stakeholders and serve as both, a knowledge platform for all audiences and a business platform to support a sustainable technological development along the entire value chain as well as a full-scale market introduction of bioplastics.

Our market
Plastics make up a large share of the many products in our everyday lives. For almost every conventional plastic material, there is a bioplastics alternative already available on the market. Bioplastics are highly complex and sophisticated materials that can help make plastic products more sustainable and continue to develop the many benefits of plastics further. Due to a growing awareness and demand in our society for sustainable products and their impact on the environment, bioplastics materials are becoming the material of choice for a rapidly growing number of brands and customers around the world. Our latest market data predicts that between 2016 and 2021, global production capacities of bioplastics will grow by 50 percent, from around 4.2 million tonnes in 2016 to approximately 6.1 million tonnes in 2021.

Our objectives

European Bioplastics:

  • Aims for a favourable policy and economic framework to allow for the further technological advancement and full-scale market introduction of bioplastics;
  • Promotes coherent standards, certifications and guidelines for transparent claims about bioplastics and their environmental benefits & impact;
  • Advocates sustainable growing of biomass crops for the production of biobased plastics;
  • Supports the implementation of a better waste management infrastructure, including more efficient re-use, recycling, and recovery systems.

Our members
Founded in Germany in 1993 as IBAW, European Bioplastics today represents the interests of around 70 member companies throughout the European Union. With members from the entire bioplastics value chain, including agricultural feedstock, chemical and plastics industries, as well as industrial users and recycling companies that are located all over the globe and engage in the European market, European Bioplastics serves as business network as well as information platform.

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Our activities
European Bioplastics serves as both knowledge partner and business network for companies, experts, and all relevant stakeholder groups of the bioplastics industry.

Our primary task is to raise awareness and inform businesses, brands, consumers, policy makers, media, and the interested public about the properties, benefits, and potentials of bioplastics for a sustainable society. In order to meet the ever-growing information demand, we provide comprehensive information (publications, background papers, market data, newsletter, and news updates) on all relevant topics as well as the opportunity to contact us directly anytime or meet us at relevant industry events or our annual European Bioplastics Conference – the leading business and network event of our industry.

European Bioplastics closely monitors, evaluates, and contributes to relevant developments in EU legislation concerning the European bioplastics industry. We are a trusted source and knowledgeable partner for EU policy makers and provide for a well-informed and balanced decision-making concerning the bioplastics industry.

Sustainability is at the heart of our daily work and our commitment for the evolution of plastics. We promote an efficient use and sustainable growing of renewable raw materials, more efficient recovery and recycling systems, as well as coherent standards and certifications for transparent claims about bioplastics and their benefits and impact on the environment.

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