Bioplastics Bulletin

In Brief – March 2016

Tetra Pak to deliver 100m plant-based packs in 2016: Tetra Pak has announced that they expect to deliver more than 100 million of their Tetra Rex Bio-based to customers during 2016. It is the world’s first package made entirely from plant-based materials. When launched in 2015, it immediately became a success and is now widely used across Scandinavia with brands such as Arla. The company will continue to expand the deployment of their pack to a greater variety of products. Corbion to open new PLA plant in 2018: Following strong customer interest in PLA, Corbion intends to construct [...]

15 March 2016|

Commission’s Circular Economy Proposal leaves room for more ambitious actions on bio-industries such as bioplastics

On 2 December 2015, the European Commission (EC) published the long awaited new Circular Economy Proposal. European Bioplastics (EUBP) welcomes the EC’s proposal and is looking forward to contributing to the debate on how renewable and biodegradable materials can best fit into this vision. "The proposal is an important step towards closing the carbon loop in Europe”, says François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP. The Communication ‘Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy’ acknowledges that ‘bio-based materials present advantages due to their renewability, biodegradability and compostability'. The carbon loop, in which bioplastics play a [...]

15 December 2015|

Big success: 10th European Bioplastics Conference attracts more than 350 experts from around the world

The 10th European Bioplastics Conference took place on 5/6 November 2015 in Berlin, attracting more than 350 participants from industry, policy, research, and media. In his keynote speech, Mr Reinhard Büscher, Head of Unit Chemicals, DG GROWTH at the European Commission, stressed the necessity to promote biobased products in the European Union in order to unlock Europe’s potential for a resource-efficient economy: “We need clear, harmonised standards that define the thresholds for sustainability and facilitate high-quality recycling, which is key to create a strong biobased circular economy.” François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP), highlighted the achievements and [...]

15 December 2015|

Mitsubishi’s KAITEKI principle for good chemistry and a sustainable society

Mitsubishi Chemicals recently received the Global Bioplastics Award for the use of their biobased engineering plastic DURABIO™ in the front panel of Sharp’s new smartphone, marking the first time a biobased plastic has been used in the front panel of any smartphone. European Bioplastics spoke to Frank Steinbrecher, Technical Manager at Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers Europe (MCPP) to find out what sets the company apart from its competitors. “KAITEKI is Japanese for ‘comfort’, yet, for Mitsubishi Chemicals, the word has a much broader, much deeper meaning”, explains Steinbrecher. The former CEO of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp. and today’s Board [...]

15 December 2015|

Members Portrait – Dec 2015

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Chairman and Director at the Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT), University Stuttgart shares some information about his institute. 5 facts about Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT), University Stuttgart The expertise of the Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT - Institute for Plastics Engineering) comprises the entire field of plastics technology, including material engineering, processing technology (mechanical and process engineering), and construction/product engineering. We work with biopolymers as well as bioplastics in many different projects with international companies in order [...]

15 December 2015|

UN report on marine litter assessed bioplastics

The UNEP report on 'bioplastics and marine litter' recognises that plastics, which biodegrade on land under favourable conditions, also biodegrade in the marine environment. The report also states, however, that this process is not calculable enough at this point in time, and biodegradable plastics are currently not a solution to marine litter. European Bioplastics (EUBP) agrees with the report's call for further research and the development of clear standards for biodegradation in the marine environment. The UNEP report is a good basis to discuss this topic further with all relevant institutions. Research and design in the field of marine [...]

15 December 2015|