Bioplastics Bulletin

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|

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|