Bioplastics Bulletin

News in brief – October 2017

IKEA’s first large-scale bioplastic product: The popular re-sealable sandwich bag ISTAD is the first large-scale bioplastic product from IKEA. The bags are made from bio-based plastics derived from sugarcane where everything is either used or reused, so there is no waste in the production. IKEA estimates to sell 1.4 billion ISTAD bags this year, which is equivalent to saving 75,000 barrels of oil. The switch to bio-based plastics is a move towards IKEA’s goal to make all their plastic products from recycled or renewable materials by 2020. Get a glimpse of the production from the sugarcane industry and the passion [...]

25 October 2017|

Bioplastics discussed at Stakeholder Conference on EU Plastics Strategy

In preparation for the upcoming EU Plastics Strategy, the European Commission hosted the Stakeholder Conference ‘Reinventing Plastics – Closing the Circle’ on Tuesday, 26 September 2017, to engage with relevant stakeholders and gather feedback and input for the on-going process of drafting the plastics strategy. European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry in Europe, was invited to provide insights and comments regarding the potentials and challenges of bioplastics and their contributions to a circular economy in Europe. EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, said that the EU Plastics Strategy [...]

28 September 2017|

Sneak peek: Programme highlights of this year’s European Bioplastics Conference

Every year, the European Bioplastics Conference features a well-rounded conference programme attracting senior executives from across the bioplastics value chain, policy bodies, NGOs, and brand owners. We are happy to announce some first highlights of this year’s conference, taking place on 28-29 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany. Kristy-Barbara Lange, Deputy Managing Director, European Bioplastics, presents the latest bioplastics market data report at the European Bioplastics Conference in 2016 in Berlin © European Bioplastics The agenda of the 12th European Bioplastics Conference will cover a wide range of important areas, including the EU policy landscape, the latest technological [...]

28 September 2017|

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|