Bioplastics Bulletin

Biodegradable plastics in the Circular Economy in Europe

At the beginning of this year, the European Commission published its EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy. In the Roadmap, the Commission has given priority to assess how to decarbonize the plastics economy and to increase efficiency of waste management with a strong focus on recycling of plastic in order to help the transition from a linear to a circular economy model. One important point missing in the roadmap, however, is the need to consider recycling as organic recycling and mechanic recycling. Only if the separate collection of bio-waste and organic recycling is encouraged, [...]

31 August 2017|

Bioplastics Week 2017

A very successful second edition of the Bioplastics Week, organised by the US Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) bioplastics division, took place on 21-25 August. Bioplastics Week is an annual campaign – driven on social media using the hashtag #BioplasticsWeek – created to educate people about the many benefits of bioplastics by increasing their visibility. This year’s Bioplastics Week featured a great many social media posts, infographics, videos, and blog posts about bioplastics. Around 300 tweets, facebook and linkedin posts used the hashtag #bioplasticsweek, reaching an audience of over 330,000 people. More than 115 people participated in the campaign with [...]

31 August 2017|

PLA bioplastics from Bonsucro certified sugarcane now available from Total Corbion PLA

First Bonsucro certified sugar delivery arriving at the Corbion site in Rayong, Thailand. Image: Total Corbion PLA. Total Corbion PLA, global technology leader and producer of PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics and lactide monomers, announced last week that PLA resins from Bonsucro certified sugarcane are now available for commercial order. Converters and brand owners can now use a certified PLA bioplastic that has been produced from sugarcane grown supporting the principles of sustainable agriculture. For François de Bie, Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA, sugarcane-derived bioplastics offer sustainability credentials that other plastics cannot: “A reduced carbon [...]

31 August 2017|

German MPs support innovation and growth of bioplastics sector

Members of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group visited BIOTEC, one of Germany’s leading producers of compostable plastics based in Emmerich on the Rhine, and promised to increase support for innovation and growth in the region’s bioplastics sector. Marie-Luise Dött (CDU, MdB), Kerstin Radomski (CDU, MdB), Dr Günter Bergman (CDU, MdL), and Stefan Rouenhoff (CDU candidate for the district of Kleve) visited BIOTEC in Emmerich on 31 July 2017. Photo: BIOTEC Marie-Luise Dött, environmental spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Kerstin Radomski, also a member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Dr Günter Bergman, Member of the Landtag of [...]

31 August 2017|

Member portrait: Reverdia

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, shares some information on the global leader in the production of sustainable bio-succinic acid, based in the Netherlands. 5 facts about Reverdia Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia Reverdia has been a global leader in sustainable bio-succinic acid since 2010. As a joint venture between Royal DSM and Roquette Frères, the company produces 100% bio-based succinic acid under the brand name Biosuccinium®. Biosuccinium® is sold globally as a renewable alternative to traditional di-acids. Based [...]

31 August 2017|

News in brief – August 2017

European plastics manufacturers’ views on biodegradable plastics: In the light of the European Commission’s aim to turn Europe into a circular economy, PlasticsEurope, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers, has published a fact sheet and two view papers outlining how biodegradable plastics play an important role in this transition and how both mechanical & organic recycling help to increase waste management efficiency. BIO-FED expands laboratory capacities: Producer of biodegradable plastics and compounds, BIO-FED, a branch of Cologne-based AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, reacts to the increasing demand for bioplastics by expanding its laboratory capacities at the production site in Niederzissen, Rhineland-Palatinate. "With [...]

31 August 2017|