Bioplastics Bulletin

Bio-based plastics play an essential role in the future circular plastics economy

The recent report by the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation on ‘The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics’ provides an overarching vision of a global circular plastics economy in which bioplastics play an essential role in decoupling the economy from fossil resources and help to return nutrients to the soil. European Bioplastics welcomes the report and its vision, which aligns with the principles of the circular economy and outlines concrete steps on how plastics never become waste but, instead, re-enter the economy as valuable technical or biological nutrients. “The report demonstrates very clearly how bioplastics [...]

15 March 2016|

Save the date for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin

Following on from the successful events of the past years that reflected the growing confidence in plastics solutions that are bio-based, biodegradable, or both as a viable alternative to conventional plastics, the 11th European Bioplastics Conference has now been confirmed to take place on 29/30 November 2016 at the Steigenberger Hotel Berlin, Germany. The European Bioplastics Conference has evolved into the leading business and discussion forum for the bioplastics sector in Europe and worldwide. As the major industry association in this field, the hosts at European Bioplastics are committed to representing the interests of stakeholders along the entire value [...]

15 March 2016|

French decree supports bio-based and home-compostable bags

The new wording of the French implementation decree on single-use plastic bags, which was published by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy on 1 February 2016, sets out clear requirements for the reduction of single-use plastic bags in favour of bio-based, biodegradable and home-compostable bags, in line with the EU Directive. Single-use plastic bags will be forbidden at cash registers in France as of 1 July 2016. From 1 January 2017 on, single-use plastic bags for other uses than at the cash register, including fruit and vegetable bags, that are below a thickness of 50 microns, [...]

15 March 2016|

The benefits of separate organic waste collection

Since January 2015, separate collection of organic waste is mandatory in Germany. The implementation, however, has been rather slow, and not all municipalities provide separate biowaste collection schemes yet. The German association for compostable products ‘Verbund kompostierbare Produkte e.V.’ therefore recently called for municipalities to implement the separate collection of biowaste and support the use of compostable biowaste bags for the collection of organic waste in households. Even though the use of these bags is explicitly allowed in the German Organic Waste Regulation, many waste companies and municipalities are hesitant to accept these solutions. A quick glance at Italy, [...]

15 March 2016|

Member portrait: ISCC System GmbH

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director of ISCC Systems GmbH shares some information about his certification system. Dr Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director ISCC System GmbH 5 facts about ISCC System GmbH (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), Cologne ISCC is a globally leading certification system covering the entire supply chain and all kinds of bio-based feedstock and renewables. It enables system users to access different market segments with one certificate, such as the chemical, food, feed and bioenergy market. [...]

15 March 2016|

New products and innovations

Certified bio-based and compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems Original Food GmbH presented a certified compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems at Biofach 2016 trade fair earlier in February. With the launch of the capsule, the producer of the renowned Kaffa wild coffee underlines its commitment in environmental protection and sustainability, including the entire production chain from the origins of the coffee in Ethiopia to the waste treatment. The entire capsule, including the cover, is bio-based, free of aluminium, and compostable according to the European standard for industrial composting EN13432. Within 12 weeks, more than 90 percent of the [...]

15 March 2016|