Bioplastics Bulletin

German MPs support innovation and growth of bioplastics sector

Members of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group visited BIOTEC, one of Germany’s leading producers of compostable plastics based in Emmerich on the Rhine, and promised to increase support for innovation and growth in the region’s bioplastics sector. Marie-Luise Dött (CDU, MdB), Kerstin Radomski (CDU, MdB), Dr Günter Bergman (CDU, MdL), and Stefan Rouenhoff (CDU candidate for the district of Kleve) visited BIOTEC in Emmerich on 31 July 2017. Photo: BIOTEC Marie-Luise Dött, environmental spokesperson of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, Kerstin Radomski, also a member of the CDU/CSU parliamentary group, Dr Günter Bergman, Member of the Landtag of [...]

31 August 2017|

Member portrait: Reverdia

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia, shares some information on the global leader in the production of sustainable bio-succinic acid, based in the Netherlands. 5 facts about Reverdia Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia Reverdia has been a global leader in sustainable bio-succinic acid since 2010. As a joint venture between Royal DSM and Roquette Frères, the company produces 100% bio-based succinic acid under the brand name Biosuccinium®. Biosuccinium® is sold globally as a renewable alternative to traditional di-acids. Based [...]

31 August 2017|

News in brief – August 2017

European plastics manufacturers’ views on biodegradable plastics: In the light of the European Commission’s aim to turn Europe into a circular economy, PlasticsEurope, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers, has published a fact sheet and two view papers outlining how biodegradable plastics play an important role in this transition and how both mechanical & organic recycling help to increase waste management efficiency. BIO-FED expands laboratory capacities: Producer of biodegradable plastics and compounds, BIO-FED, a branch of Cologne-based AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, reacts to the increasing demand for bioplastics by expanding its laboratory capacities at the production site in Niederzissen, Rhineland-Palatinate. "With [...]

31 August 2017|

Joint statement on the importance of the waste hierarchy in calculating recycling targets

European Bioplastics (EUBP) together with the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC), European Compost Network (ECN), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP), European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA), and European Centre of Employers and Enterprises (CEEP) co-signed a joint statement on the importance of the waste hierarchy in calculating recycling targets. The statement comes as a response to plans of the European Council to amend the provisions setting the rules for the measurement of recycling targets in the revision of the Waste Framework Directive, namely the inclusion of co-incineration for cement kilns, biodegradable [...]

27 July 2017|

Scientific view on the plastic bag debate by Fraunhofer UMSICHT

On the occasion of the International Plastic Bag Free Day at the beginning of July, German-based research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT published a position paper on plastic bags that looks at the pros and cons of the use of plastic bags compared to other alternatives such as paper or cotton bags from a scientific perspective, in order to shed light on the truths and myths surrounding the increasing negative reputation of the plastic bag in Europe and around the globe. In the position paper, the experts from Fraunhofer UMSICHT point out that that plastic bags have received a high symbolic [...]

27 July 2017|

Facts on bio-based plastics made simple

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Wageningen University published an info graphic that highlights the main facts and benefits of bio-based plastics. The graphic includes facts about the usage benefits, environmental benefits, feedstocks, properties, recycling, and prices of bio-based plastics and advertises a new labelling system introduced in the Netherlands to help consumers choose the appropriate recycling option for packaging and other products made from bio-based plastics. The info graphic is part of a report by Wageningen UR on “Biobased and biodegradable plastics – Facts and figures’ commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency [...]

27 July 2017|