Bioplastics Bulletin

In Brief (December 2017)

Mazda teams with Mitsubishi Chemical to develop bio-based engineering plastic grade: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mazda have jointly developed a new grade of Durabio, a bio-derived polycarbonate engineering plastic suitable for molding large cosmetic automotive parts. Durabio is based partially on isosorbide, which in turn is derived from sorbitol, a widely available natural feedstock. Mazda has adopted the material for the front grill of its new CX-5 compact crossover. Previously, French automaker Renault adopted Durabio in the outer mask of the speedometer-tachometer combo used by the new generation Clio. The material’s transparent nature means it is highly colorable, with [...]

18 December 2017|

Member portrait: JinHui ZhaoLong

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong shares some information on one of the leading producers of biodegradable plastics in China. 5 facts about JinHui ZhaoLong, China Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong JinHui ZhaoLong is a leading biodegradable plastic producer in China with its annual 20,000 tons biodegradable polymer (PBAT) capacity and its two well-known brands Ecoworld® and Ecowill®. The products made from these materials are biodegradable and are broken down by microorganisms into CO2, water, and biomass within [...]

18 December 2017|

Cascading Materials Vision: Extending the life of our natural resources

As we face increasing resource scarcity, we also throw away valuable resources each day in the form of waste. Such waste does not only impact ecosystems, it also signals a lost opportunity to draw more from available resources. In many cases, these waste materials could be reused to limit the stress on natural resources.Secondary materials – those that have already been used at least once in some form – could fundamentally change the way we manage our waste and materials usage. But there are still many systemic barriers that make the acquisition and use of more secondary materials difficult.The World [...]

18 December 2017|

PLA in the waste stream

The new German packaging law (Verpackungsgesetz, effective from January 2019, we reported earlier this year) includes provisions under which the participation fees for packaging shall be adapted in order to incentivise the use of recycled and renewable materials. The consequential increase in bio-based plastic packaging and the expected rise of new types of materials entering the recycling streams led the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) to initiate a study on the disposal, sorting, and recycling of bio-based plastics, in particular of PLA, an innovative polymer that is 100 percent bio-based, very versatile, and especially suitable for packaging [...]

18 December 2017|

Over 150 organisations back call to ban oxo-degradable plastic packaging

Oxo statement, New Plastics Economy, 2017 Oxo-degradable plastics are being produced and sold in many countries, with society being led to believe they safely biodegrade in nature. Yet significant evidence suggests oxo-degradable plastics do not safely biodegrade but fragment into small pieces, contributing to microplastics pollution. The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative has published a statement calling for a ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging. Signatories include European Bioplastics (EUBP), M&S, PepsiCo, Unilever, Veolia, British Plastics Federation Recycling Group, Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association, Packaging South Africa, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Plymouth Marine Laboratory, and ten [...]

22 November 2017|

r-PLA is an attractive option due to its recycled and bio-based nature

With growing market volumes of innovative bio-based and biodegradable plastics such as PLA (polylactic acid), the recycling of these materials is becoming a more viable option. We therefore spoke to Steve Dejonghe from Looplife Polymers Site, a recycler in Belgium that already successfully recycles PLA for a number of industrial projects, about the recyclability of these materials and the demand and quality of recycled PLA. Steve Dejonghe, Senior Sales Manager, Looplife Polymers Site Steve Dejonghe will also speak at a panel discussion on the second day of the upcoming 12th European Bioplastics Conference on 28/29 November 2017 [...]

22 November 2017|