Bioplastics Bulletin

Revised mandate for home composting standard

The EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, as modified by the EU Directive on lightweight carrier bags in 2015, tasked the European Commission to adopt specifications for labels of home compostable plastic carrier bags. Accordingly, in June 2016, the Commission asked the relevant European Standardisation Committee, CEN, to develop a standard on home compostable packaging. The draft mandate for a home composting standard has been declined by CEN in its current form. CEN has revised the standardisation request, proposing a number of changes, most importantly limiting such standard solely to lightweight plastic carrier bags. Compostable lightweight bags can be [...]

28 September 2016|

In brief – September 2016

Bio-TPV as a substitute for soft PVC on floors: Fraunhofer Umsicht is developing a bio-based TPV material that could conceivably replace soft PVC in vinyl flooring. The researchers at Fraunhofer Umsicht are exploring the possibilities of a new, plasticizer-free, bio-based, thermoplastic vulcanizate (Bio-TPV) consisting of a soft, bio-based component, such as natural rubber, dispersed in a PLA matrix. Project partner FKuR will focus on the further development of the material at Fraunhofer Umsicht and the scale-up of the production process to industrial scale. Toyobo and Avantium partner on PEF polymerization and PEF films: Toyobo and Avantium have jointly developed thin [...]

28 September 2016|

Visit EUBP at K 2016 Hall 7a / Booth B10

At this year’s K’2016, 19-26 October 2016, EUBP will highlight the latest innovations and advancements of the industry and inform visitors about the many benefits of bio-based and biodegradable plastic materials. Bioplastics have long moved from being a buzzword to an economically competitive and sustainable alternative to conventional plastics. The latest market data show a growth rate from 20-100 percent per year and predict this trend to continue with global production capacities for bioplastics to increase from 1,7 million tons in 2014 to 7.8 million tons in 2019. Correspondingly, the interest in bioplastic solutions increased enormously over the past years. [...]

28 September 2016|

First conference speakers confirmed #EUBPConf2016

Rethinking plastics – first speakers confirmed for this year’s European Bioplastics Conference With less than 100 days to go, the preparations for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin are in full swing and the speaker line-up for the two-day event is filling up nicely. The 2016 edition of the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe will present you with a programme that will showcase the outstanding developments of our industry in ‘rethinking plastics’ in a sustainable and resource-efficient way. We will dive into a wide range of important areas, including [...]

17 August 2016|

Bioplastics Week 2016 #bioplasticsweek

In the week from August 22-26, 2016, the Bioplastics Division of North American SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and other partnering organisations, including European Bioplastics, Plastics Europe, USDA BioPreferred Program, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and many more bioplastics organisations and companies, will be promoting the Bioplastics Week – a social media-based event to increase visibility for bioplastics. The campaign will be a great opportunity to educate consumers, brand owners, and the plastics industry about the advantages of bioplastics. There are a lot of organisations that already individually work to promote and educate on behalf of bioplastics, and that now have [...]

17 August 2016|

News from our Members – August 2016

AIMPLAS develops biodegradable dairy packaging suitable for pasteurisation FKuR launches new Bio-Flex blends that reduce the thickness of compostable films BASF offers compostable particle foam with high bio-based content Original Food now offers their premium wild coffee in biodegradable coffee capsules AIMPLAS develops biodegradable dairy packaging suitable for pasteurisation The dairy sector will be able to package its products in biodegradable bags and bottles resistant to thermal treatments thanks to the European project BIOBOTTLE co-ordinated by AIMPLAS, Spanish research and technology center based in Valencia, Spain. The project aimed to develop a biodegradable and compostable material from which to [...]

17 August 2016|