Bioplastics Bulletin

New report calls to suspend the use of “oxo-degradable” plastics

As set out in the amemdment of the EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste from 2015, the European Commission was tasked to assess the impacts of so-called “oxo-degradable” plastics on the environment and propose “a set of measures to limit their consumption or to reduce any harmful impacts“. To inform the Commission’s decision making process, a comprehensive impact study has been contracted out to Eunomia, an independent environmental consultancy based in the UK. The results of Eunomia’s report on “The Impact of the Use of “Oxo-degradable” Plastic on the Environment” are very clear in concluding that oxo-degradable plastics [...]

24 April 2017|

EUBP urges European Council to support bio-based packaging

The ongoing revision of the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) represents a concrete opportunity for the bioeconomy sector in Europe and the transition to a circular economy. Earlier in March this year, the European Parliament voted, for the first time ever, for an amendment of this directive that requires Member States to incentivise and promote the use of bio-based packaging and improve market conditions for such products. It is now on the Representatives of the Members States in the European Council to confirm the EU’s committment to make Europe’s packaging sector more resource efficient and sustainable. [...]

24 April 2017|

“Falling in love with bioplastics” – FKuR says it’s time to change the bag

In a new fun video, German bioplastics specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH demonstrates the benefits of home compostable bags, which make the separate collection of biowaste more practical and hygienic, raising acceptance levels for the collection at home, and thus increasing the volumes of biowaste collected and the amount of valuable compost produced from it.   Since January 2017, France prohibits the use of plastic bags for fruits and vegetables (as well as cheese, meat, and fish) in supermarkets, except for bags that are made from bioplastics that contain a minimum of 30% bio-based content (increased to 60% in 2025) and [...]

24 April 2017|

Member portrait: BIO-FED

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue Dr Stanislaw Haftka, Sales Director of BIO-FED, shares some information on the bioplastics producer based in Cologne, Germany. Dr Stanislaw Haftka, Sales Director, BIO-FED 5 facts about BIO-FED, Cologne, Germany BIO-FED is based in BioCampus Cologne and produces and markets biodegradable and biobased plastics under the M∙VERA® brand. As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, BIO-FED is a member of the international Feddersen Group, which is headquartered in Hamburg. Our partnerships with other divisions in the Feddersen Group and [...]

24 April 2017|

News in brief – April 2017

Audi, BASF and Covestro develop automotive clearcoat with bio-based hardener: A project team consisting of employees of the car maker Audi, BASF´s Coatings division and materials company Covestro has developed a clearcoat containing a bio-based hardener that was applied to test bodies of the Audi Q2 under near-series conditions at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. BASF developed the clearcoat using the bio-based hardener Desmodur® eco N 7300 from Covestro. A total of 70 percent of the hardener’s carbon content is sourced from renewable raw materials. This innovation reduces the consumption of fossil resources. The clearcoat forms the top [...]

24 April 2017|

EUBP seminars: Want to learn more about bioplastics?

During this year's interpack (4-10 May 2017, Duesseldorf, Germany), European Bioplastics will present the latest innovations in bioplastics at the booth 9F07 (hall 9) and offer two on-site seminars to inform about bioplastics, to provide a comprehensive overview over the most important bio-based and biodegradable materials and corresponding applications, and to look more closely into specific fields of interest, in particular standardisation and communication on bioplastics. The seminars are designed for professionals from the plastics industry and related fields and will provide substantial, in-depth information to equip the participants with the essential theoretical knowledge and practical tools to work with [...]

24 April 2017|