Bioplastics Bulletin

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 [...]

31 January 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 [...]

31 January 2017|

News in brief | January 2017

Avantium acquires the assets of Liquid Light: Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light Inc., a renowned developer of electrochemical processes. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, abundant carbon dioxide (CO2). The acquisition combines the technologies of both companies to develop a electro-catalysis platform and to commercialize new process technologies using CO2 as feedstock to produce sustainable chemicals and materials. Floreon developes new additive for PLA: UK-based technical company Floreon has developed a high-performance bioplastic compound that is added to PLA to make it less brittle and four times tougher, [...]

31 January 2017|

In brief (December 2016)

Italy’s Bioeconomy Strategy: In November, the Italian government published its Bioeconomy Strategy, which is still open for a public consultation with national stakeholders until 20 December 2016. Italy already has one of the most advanced infrastructures for the separate collection and recycling of organic waste and is a centre of excellence for integrated biorefineries. Now, Italy also has the Bioeconomy Strategy to go with it. It aims to enhance the competitiveness of Italy’s bioeconomy sector and its role in promoting growth in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. New British standard on the circular economy: The British Standards Institute [...]

20 December 2016|

We have to get better at informing and educating the public about what bioplastics are and their benefits

While the growing ecological awareness and changing consumer demands are leading to a boom in the development and sales of more sustainable products with a reduced environmental footprint such as bioplastics, there are a few persistent misconceptions about the nature and benefits of bioplastics that need to be addressed by better information and education. BiNa, an interdisciplinary research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is currently looking into the public perception of bioplastics in Germany as well as the opportunities and obstacles of communicating the properties and benefits of bioplastics. The aim of the project [...]

20 December 2016|

Member portrait: Succinity

Andrej Brejc, Managing Director at Succinity GmbH In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Andrej Brejc, Managing Director at Succinity GmbH provides an insight into bio-based succinic acid, a promising building block for various bioplastic applications. 5 facts about Succinity GmbH Succinity, a Joint Venture between BASF and Corbion, is dedicated to the commercialization of Succinity Biobased Succinic Acid® (BBSA). BBSA is based on a proprietary fermentation process that allows usage of renewable feedstocks, such as glucose, sucrose and glycerol, and in the future also [...]

20 December 2016|