Bioplastics Bulletin

Member portrait: nova-Institute

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Michael Carus, Managing Director of the nova-Institute based in Hürth, Germany, shares some information about the independent institute for ecology and innovation. Michael Carus, Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH 5 facts about nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany nova has two decades of experience in the bio-based economy, conducting research projects and consultancy as well as conference management and dissemination. nova is a partner in various research projects within the fields of bio-based chemistry, materials and biotechnology. It surrounds, strengthens and completes [...]

17 August 2016|

From waste to bioplastics – Ford ‘driving’ the technology forward

Car manufacturer Ford recently announced to team up with spirits brand Jose Cuervo to develop bioplastics form agave biowaste leftover from the tequila-making process. An unlikely coalition – usually alcohol and cars don’t mix – that made many people curious about the possibilities of making bioplastics from waste. The technology isn’t new, quite the contrary, but with big brands like Ford investing in its prominent application, bioplastics from waste become an attractive and economically feasible option. Around 400 pounds (180 kilograms) of plastics are used to build one car. At the same time, 5 billion metric tonnes of agricultural [...]

17 August 2016|

In brief – August 2016

Open call for Bioplastics Award 2016: Like every year, the winner of the Global Bioplastics Award will be announced at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference in November 2016 in Berlin. The award ceremony is hosted by the bioplastics MAGAZINE and recognises innovations and great achievements by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastics materials. Entries can still be submitted until 31 August 2016. For more information and to submit your proposal, simply fill out this form. DuPont Industrial Biosciences designs uniforms for Chinese Olympic team: DuPont Industrial Biosciences collaborated with Chinese sports brand Anta to design the Chinese Olympic [...]

17 August 2016|

Bonafè presents ambitious amendments of the revised EU waste legislation

Earlier this month (June 2016), MEP Simona Bonafè, Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, published her reports on the revised EU waste legislation and called for more ambitious waste prevention and resource efficiency targets than presented in the Commission’s initial EU Circular Economy Package. European Bioplastics (EUBP) welcomes the draft reports that lay out the legal measures needed for a paradigm shift from a linear to a circular economy where waste is considered a valuable resource, and the transformation to a low-carbon bioeconomy, which uses resources more efficiently. Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive to promote bio-based materials [...]

27 June 2016|

Biodegradable plastics were never designed to be a solution to marine litter

By Karen Laird, Sustainability Editor at PlasticsToday.com Karen Laird, European/Sustainability Editor, PlasticsToday A report from the United Nations Environment Program, or UNEP, entitled Marine Plastic Debris And Microplastic - Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change recently caused quite a stir in the media – for all the wrong reasons. Instead of stressing the report’s clarity and the overview provided of the possible measures to be taken to tackle the problem, the focus was on “green plastics” that were “a big fat lie” or a “false solution”, if the headlines were to be believed. [...]

27 June 2016|

NatureWorks opens lab to turn methane into PLA

NatureWorks has opened a new 8,300 square-foot laboratory worth $1 million at the company’s headquarters in Minnesota, USA, to commercialise the fermentation process for transforming methane into lactic acid, the building block of Ingeo PLA. NatureWorks CEO Marc Verbruggen at the Minnetonka Fermentation Lab Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (c) NatureWorks The research project began in 2013 as collaboration between NatureWorks and Calysta Energy to develop the fermentation biocatalyst. In 2014, lab-scale fermentation of lactic acid from methane using the new biocatalyst was proven, and the US Energy Department awarded $2.5 million to the project. The opening of the [...]

27 June 2016|