Bioplastics Bulletin

European Parliament’s ENVI Committee backs bioplastics in vote on waste legislation proposal

On 24 January 2017 the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on the ambitious waste legislation proposal concerning the EU Circular Economy Package of rapporteur Simona Bonafè. European Bioplastics (EUBP) congratulates the rapporteur and the Committee on their strong efforts and the results of the vote. The vote adopted amendments of the Waste Framework Directive that will help to ensure a separate collection of bio-waste across Europe facilitated by certified collection tools such as compostable bio-waste bags. “The amendments ensure that the potential of bio-waste as a valuable resource can be tapped through organic recycling and will provide an important [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|

New report by New Plastics Economy initiative calls for more compostable plastic packaging

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the New Plastics Economy initiative presented their new report “The New Plastics Economy – Catalysing Action”. The report provides a set of concrete actions to drive the transition towards a new plastics economy. The report follows the recommendations of the 2016 report “Rethinking the Future of Plastics”, which for the first time looked at the global plastic material flows and, derived from these findings, provided an overarching vision of a new plastics economy that aligns with the principles of the circular economy and in which bioplastics [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|

Stronger support for the bioplastics industry in Europe

Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics European Bioplastics is happy to announce that three of their members, Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics (EUBP) in 2017. All three companies have been members of EUBP for many years. Their stronger commitment is an important signal for the vital work of the European association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry, and their support will contribute to the association’s efforts to shape and strengthen the transformation to a low-carbon and sustainable circular plastics economy in Europe. The previous Supporting [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|

Member portrait: AGRANA Starch

Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics, AGRANA In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics at AGRANA, shares some information about the Austrian producer of starch and starch-based bioplastics. 5 facts about AGRANA Starch, Gmuend, Austria AGRANA is an internationally oriented Austrian company, which adds value to agricultural commodities to produce a wide range of industrial products for the processing sector. With around 8,600 personnel based at 53 production facilities in its three business segments, Sugar, Starch and Fruit, AGRANA supplies [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|

OWS expert statement on biodegradable mulch films

Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the market for more than 15 years, backed by solid scientific and technical knowledge, and meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers growing fruits and vegetables. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as they deliver positive agronomical effects such as increasing yield, improving quality of crops, weed control, and reduction of water irrigation and pesticides. Additionally, they offer distinctive advantages at the end of the crop cycle as they can be left on the field and ploughed under, which significantly reduces the agricultural plastic waste and potential soil [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|

European Parliament breakfast on biodegradable plastics

On 25 January 2017, at the crossroads of several important dossiers and initiatives concerning the Circular Economy Package, Margrete Auken, Member of European Parliament, hosted a breakfast debate on ‘Clarifying biodegradable plastics and how to put them to proper use’. MEP Auken welcomed a delegation of the Congress’ of the Philippines Ecology Committee – Mr Dilbert Quetulio and Mrs Glenda Daco – to participate in the breakfast debate. Full-house at breakfast discussion of MEP Margrete Auken on 'Clarifying biodegradable plastics' on 25 January 2017. The three speakers Philippe Dewolfs, (Vinçotte), Professor Emmanuelle Gastaldi (University of Montpellier), and [...]

Januar 31st, 2017|