Bioplastics Bulletin

Global bioplastics market continues to grow despite low oil price

The results of European Bioplastics’ annual market data update 2016 confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry: “The market is predicted to grow by 50 percent over the coming years despite the low oil price,” said François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 30 November 2016 in Berlin. Global production capacities 2016-2021 (c) European Bioplastics The global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 4.2 million tonnes in 2016 to approximately 6.1 million tonnes in 2021. Packaging remains the largest fields of [...]

20 December 2016|

Rethinking Bioplastics: Future Directions in the Bioplastics Industry

Review of the 11th European Bioplastics Conference 2016 Denise Neves Gameiro, editor for Labiotech.eu By Denise Neves Gameiro, editor for Labiotech.eu, the new leading digital media platform covering news from the European Biotech industry Where are bioplastics going? At the end of November, 300 experts came together in Berlin to “rethink Bioplastics” and their role in the much-hailed circular economy. The diversity of speakers and exhibitors at the 11th edition of the European Bioplastics Conference offers, in itself, an overview of the different fields and players that make up the bioplastics industry. Participants ranged from the producers of [...]

20 December 2016|

These were the highlights that shaped bioplastics in 2016

2016 has been another eventful, promising, and successful year for bioplastics. While the discussions around the EU Circular Economy Package and first regulatory changes in the Members States reshape the legislative and economic landscape for businesses involved in the bioeconomy in Europe, the bioplastics industry continues to drive innovation in new bioplastics solutions and the development of bio-based materials for a more circular and sustainable future. A future in which, according to our recent market forecast, global production capacities of bioplastics will grow by 50 percent between 2016 and 2021 from 4.2 million tonnes to 6.1 million tonnes. With the year [...]

20 December 2016|

The upcoming revision of the EU Fertilisers Regulation and the benefits of biodegradable plastic mulch films

Kristy-Barbara Lange, Deputy Managing Director / Regulatory Affairs, EUBP As part of the EU Circular Economy Package’s Action Plan, the European Commission has proposed a revision of the Fertiliser Regulation. Discussions in the Parliament and the Council are in full swing. In this context, European Bioplastics is advocating to consider the benefits of biodegradable plastic mulch films for modern agriculture. Kristy-Barbara Lange, Deputy Managing Director / Regulatory Affairs from European Bioplastics answers some questions about the benefits of biodegradable mulch films and their role in a revised EU Fertiliser Directive. What is the current market situation for mulch [...]

24 November 2016|

Certification of bio-based content

Harmen Willemse, NEN By Harmen Willemse MSc, Consultant Bio-based Economy at NEN – Netherlands Standardization Institute Bio-based products are products, which are wholly or partly derived from biomass. Therefore, it is essential to characterize the amount of biomass contained in the product. The bio-based content includes not only the amount of carbon, but also the elements hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. A new ‘Bio-based content certification scheme’ developed by NEN – Netherlands Standardization Institute will be launched at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin, by issuing the first certificates to products from Corbion and [...]

24 November 2016|

Studies show benefits of compostable bio-waste bag in Germany

The deployment of EN 13432 certified compostable bags in the source-segregated collection of bio-waste continues to be a hotly debated topic. The City of Milan has set a prominent example of the crucial role compostable bags can play in a waste management system poised to maximise the material use of bio-waste. Several other cities and municipalities have followed and adopted similar projects, slowly forming a grid of cities across Europe that are making the circular economy a reality by implementing separate waste collection infrastructures to turn bio-waste into a valuable secondary resource. Two recent projects in the German cities of [...]

24 November 2016|