Bioplastics Bulletin

EP Intergroup discusses the future of plastic materials in the circular economy

On 7 April 2016, the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ invited a group of policy-makers and experts from regional authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders along the plastics value chain to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the role of plastics in the circular economy at a meeting entitled "The Future of Plastic Materials in the European Circular Economy”, hosted by MEP Miriam Dalli, Chair of the Circular Economy Working Group of the EP Intergroup. European Bioplastics’ Managing Director, Hasso von Pogrell, was also invited to the expert panel to provide insights on the crucial [...]

3 May 2016|

Updated JRC report on the environmental sustainability assessment of bioeconomy products and processes

In 2013, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) was entrusted to set up a Bioeconomy Oberservatory with the task to perform a comprehensive environmental sustainability assessment of various bio-based products and their supply chains using a life-cycle perspective. In November 2015, JRC published its report on the 'Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Bioeconomy Products and Processes', which compiles the main results and outputs of this assessment and includes 14 environmental sustainability factsheets on food & feed, industrial bio-based products, and bioenergy. The report has now been updated, in particular the environmental factsheets on 7 of the industrial bioproducts, including [...]

3 May 2016|

Member portrait: Fraunhofer Institute for Silicat Research ISC

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Materials Chemistry, Head Functional Barrier Coatings, Fraunhofer ISC shares some information about the research institute. Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Head Functional Barrier Coatings, Fraunhofer ISC 5 facts about Fraunhofer Institute for Silicat Research ISC, Würzburg, Germany The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC conducts materials research with a focus on developing innovative non-metallic materials. For the bioplastics industry, Fraunhofer ISC offers bioORMOCER®, a novel biodegradable material class. bioORMOCER®s are highly transparent, processable at moderate temperatures, and [...]

3 May 2016|

New products and innovations (May 2016)

Partnership between BASF and Avantium to produce FDCA and PEF Earlier this year, BASF and Avantium announced their plans of a joint venture for the production of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranotate (PEF) from renewable resources. FDCA is the essential chemical building block for the production of PEF, which is particularly suitable for certain food and beverage packaging, for example films and plastic bottles, and hence can be an excellent alternative to PET. Compared to conventional plastics, PEF features improved barrier properties for gases like carbon dioxide and oxygen, which leads to longer shelf life of packaged goods. What is [...]

3 May 2016|

In Brief – May 2016

InnoviaFilms sells Celophane business to Futamaura: Earlier in April 2016, InnoviaFilms announced it had signed an agreement with Japanese plastics manufacturer Futamura Chemicals Co Ltd to sell its Celophane business and assets, including its NatureFlex bioplastics film production. Innovia Group, which manufactures high-tech film products for industrial applications and banknotes says it will further strengthen its focus on its fast-growing polymer bank note business. The deal is expected to complete before the end of June 2016. DIN CERTCO offers certification scheme according to new French home composting standard: The French government recently introduced a ban on single-use plastic bags. From [...]

3 May 2016|

Redesign of our website

Dear subscribers of the Bioplastics Bulletin, You might have noticed the new design of our website, including our bimonthly newsletter, the Bioplastics Bulletin, which now comes in the form of a blog. The new website can be reached at the URL www.european-bioplastics.org. Due to a third party attack a few weeks ago, our website was unavailable for some time. Old links to documents or pages of the old website will unfortunately not work any longer. Yet, we used the chance to give our website a new look and brush up the content. The redesign is not finalised yet and [...]

15 March 2016|