Bioplastics Bulletin

Member portrait: Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB)

Marcelle Peuckert, Business Development Director at RSB In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Marcelle Peuckert, Business Development Director at the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) shares some information on one of the world’s most credible international sustainability and biomaterials certification. 5 facts about RSB RSB is a global, multi-stakeholder independent organisation that drives the development of a new world bioeconomy through sustainability solutions, certification, innovation and collaborative partnerships. RSB provides credible tools and solutions for sustainability that mitigate business risk and contribute to [...]

28 September 2017|

Perstorp steps up commitment to Caprolactone market by upgrading Capa plant

Perstorp is securing the future of its Caprolactone business through a significant investment to upgrade its monomer plant in Warrington, UK and to further increase security of supply. The Caprolactone market is strategic and important to Perstorp, a global industry leader in organic chemistry headquartered in Sweden. The project was initiated and kicked off at the beginning of 2017. The construction phase of the new parts and equipment of the plant will start in the new year. The replacement will be conducted in a way that does not impact current production. The plant upgrade consists of installing a new [...]

28 September 2017|

News In Brief (September 2017)

New bio-based PE films: UPM Raflatac, a global manufacturer of label materials, extends its range of film face materials for the European market with a new plant-based material that provides a sustainable alternative to fossil-based films for a wide variety of end uses. RafBio PE performs just like standard PE film, and its excellent flexibility makes it ideal for the squeezable bottles and contoured containers that are widely used in home and personal care applications. Made from sugarcane ethanol, the film contains more than 80% renewable plant-based raw material and is recyclable within the same recycling streams as fossil-based [...]

28 September 2017|

Biodegradable plastics in the Circular Economy in Europe

At the beginning of this year, the European Commission published its EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy. In the Roadmap, the Commission has given priority to assess how to decarbonize the plastics economy and to increase efficiency of waste management with a strong focus on recycling of plastic in order to help the transition from a linear to a circular economy model. One important point missing in the roadmap, however, is the need to consider recycling as organic recycling and mechanic recycling. Only if the separate collection of bio-waste and organic recycling is encouraged, [...]

31 August 2017|

Bioplastics Week 2017

A very successful second edition of the Bioplastics Week, organised by the US Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) bioplastics division, took place on 21-25 August. Bioplastics Week is an annual campaign – driven on social media using the hashtag #BioplasticsWeek – created to educate people about the many benefits of bioplastics by increasing their visibility. This year’s Bioplastics Week featured a great many social media posts, infographics, videos, and blog posts about bioplastics. Around 300 tweets, facebook and linkedin posts used the hashtag #bioplasticsweek, reaching an audience of over 330,000 people. More than 115 people participated in the campaign with [...]

31 August 2017|

PLA bioplastics from Bonsucro certified sugarcane now available from Total Corbion PLA

First Bonsucro certified sugar delivery arriving at the Corbion site in Rayong, Thailand. Image: Total Corbion PLA. Total Corbion PLA, global technology leader and producer of PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) bioplastics and lactide monomers, announced last week that PLA resins from Bonsucro certified sugarcane are now available for commercial order. Converters and brand owners can now use a certified PLA bioplastic that has been produced from sugarcane grown supporting the principles of sustainable agriculture. For François de Bie, Senior Marketing Director at Total Corbion PLA, sugarcane-derived bioplastics offer sustainability credentials that other plastics cannot: “A reduced carbon [...]

31 August 2017|