Bioplastics Bulletin

New Plastics Economy initiative launched by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global thought leader committed to the vision of a circular economy, launched the ‘New Plastics Economy’ initiative, bringing together 40 leading companies and cities to take on the challenge of the transformation towards a global plastics system that applies the principles of the circular economy. The initiative is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with a broad group of leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Indorama Ventures, L'Oréal, MARS, M&S, Natureworks, Novamont, Sealed Air, SUEZ, The Dow Chemical Company, Unilever, and Veolia, as well as front-running cities like Copenhagen and the London [...]

22 June 2016|

Member portrait: Meredian Holdings Group (MHG)

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, John Moore, Vice President Business Development at MHG (Meredian Holdings Group) shares some information about the US-based producer of biopolymers. John Moore, Vice President Business Development, MHG 5 facts about MHG (Meredian Holdings Group), Bainbridge, GA, USA One goal of MHG is to enable people and communities to benefit from sustainable, environmentally friendly products that decompose seamlessly, leaving behind no particulate matter or toxic trace. MHG produces a new generation of cost competitive biopolymers using proprietary PHA [...]

22 June 2016|

New products and innovations

100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads for cosmetics developed by Bio-on Bio-On S.p.A., an Italian developer of bio-fermentation technologies for biodegradable materials and industrial applications, has developed a new formulation, called Minerv PHA Bio Cosmetics (type C1), that is designed to make 100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads suitable for the cosmetics industry. The plastic micro particles (known as microbeads) currently used as thickeners or stabilisers in widely used cosmetic products such as lip gloss, creams, shampoo, shower gel, and toothpaste are one of the many sources of environmental pollution and marine litter. Bio-On has developed microbeads that are bio-based and [...]

22 June 2016|

In brief – June 2016

Reverdia and Wageningen UR Launch Development of Durable Bio-PBS Compounds: Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds will be durable and based on Biosuccinium™. The final compounds are expected to have an improved carbon footprint in comparison to polypropylene which is typically used for these applications. Novamont to launch new compostable Mater-Bi fruit and veg bags: Novamont is launching enhanced versions of its Mater-Bi material, primarily for fruit and vegetable bags in European markets where demand for compostable solutions is growing, [...]

22 June 2016|

Recommendations for bio-based products in public procurement

Op-ed by Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, European Bioplastics On 12 April 2016, at the bioeconomy stakeholders’ conference BioEconomyUtrecht2016, the Working Group on Public Procurement of the European Commission’s Expert Group for Bio-based Products published 15 recommendations for an increased uptake of bio-based products in public procurement programmes. The report includes a range of promotional campaigns targeting specific materials, regions, and sectors, the roll-out of standards and labels, benchmarking and goal setting, targeted outreach and general communication, technical support to procurers, and intervention on legislation. European Bioplastics welcomes the recommendations and strongly supports the implementation of such, as they are [...]

3 May 2016|

Register now! – European Bioplastics Conference 2016

Registration is now open for the leading bioplastics event in Europe. Register before 31July 2016 to take advantage of the early bird rate! To register, please click here. Bioplastics – Rethinking Plastics: Over 350 stakeholders of the entire value chain of bioplastics will come together for the 11th edition of the annual European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin, the leading networking event of the bioplastics industry, to discuss the latest trends in their field, network with their peers, and explore new business opportunities. Registration is now open and early bird tickets are available until 31 July [...]

3 May 2016|