Bioplastics Bulletin

Germany takes important step to support bio-based packaging

Earlier this month, Germany’s Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, approved a new packaging law (Verpackungsgesetz) aimed at boosting recycling of packaging waste. It also stipulates that the systems collecting the waste fees are obliged to create incentives that encourage the use of recycled material or material from renewable sources for the production of packaging. This is an important signal for the bioplastics industry as for the first time bio-based and recycled materials are recognised as equally viable solutions to make packaging more sustainable and reduce our dependency on finite fossil resources. The new law, which was approved by [...]

29 May 2017|

Successful test on the use of biodegradable carrier bags in anaerobic digestion plants

Novamont, a leader in the development of bioplastics based in Italy, commissioned IGlux Witzenhausen GmbH and Witzenhausen-Institut GmbH to conduct a scientific study into the behaviour of biodegradable carrier bags made from MATER-BI – the bioplastic made by Novamont – in German anaerobic digestion plants. The use of biodegradable bags made from MATER-BI was tested in a procedure which encompassed the entire process using equipment made by four different companies: Kompogas, Thoeni, Bekon and WTT. The bags were monitored during pre-treatment, anaerobic digestion, post-composting and maturation at each plant. The percentage by weight of MATER-BI in the input material was [...]

29 May 2017|

Member portrait: DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue Peter A. von den Kerkhoff, Account Executive EMEA representing DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products at DuPont de Nemours Deutschland GmbH, shares some information on the largest global producer of bio-based 1,3-propanediol, headquartered in Loudon, Tennessee, USA. Peter A. von den Kerkhoff, Account Executive EMEA, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products 5 facts about DuPont Tate & Lyle, Loudon, Tennessee, USA DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ mission is to provide customers with a competitive advantage by [...]

29 May 2017|

Scientific report on facts related to bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Bio-based plastics can be mechanically recycled just like conventional plastics and biodegradable plastics are not a solution to the plastic soup in the oceans. These are two key findings in the report ‘Biobased and biodegradable plastics – Facts and Figures’, released by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The report takes stock of scientific knowledge on bio-based and biodegradable plastics, and focuses on the plastics used in the packaging industry. "Our report shows that the production of many biobased plastics does result in less net greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastic." Christiaan Bolck, programme manager for materials at WFBR There [...]

29 May 2017|

News in brief – May 2017

Synvina receives interim approval for bio-based PEF recyclability: Amsterdam-based Synvina CV has received interim approval from the European PET bottle platform (EPBP) for the recyclability of its bio-based polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) materials in the European bottle recycling market. The BASF-Avantium joint venture, which was set up in October last year, will produce bio-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) as main building block for the new polymer PEF. With the approval, PEF bottles are expected to be disposable through existing recovery systems the same way as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the conventional material for plastic bottles. The interim approval applies to a PEF market penetration [...]

29 May 2017|

interpack 2017 presented many new bioplastic packaging solutions

This year’s interpack, the world’s largest trade show for packaging, stretching over a whole week from 4 to 10 May 2017, attracted over 170,000 visitors from 168 countries to the Messe Duesseldorf, Germany. Besides the latest developments in world-class machinery and technology for the production and of packaging materials, three major themes dominated this year’s interpack: material innovation, resource efficiency, and sustainability. More than 30 bioplastics companies, including many members of European Bioplastics, presented their products and new innovative bio-based and/or biodegradable materials at the trade fair. Moreover, many other packaging companies that specialise in conventional packaging also offered [...]

29 May 2017|