Bioplastics Bulletin

News in brief – June 2017

DuPont wins 2017 European Company of the Year Award for bio-based materials: DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) has been awarded the 2017 European Company of the Year Award for bio-based materials, reflecting the company’s position “at the vanguard of innovation, developing cutting-edge, bio-based materials that improve customers' lives and meet market needs for high-performing, sustainable products” according to the host Frost & Sullivan. DuPont's bio-based polymer Sorona comprised of 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients and requires significantly less energy and releases fewer greenhouse gases than competing products such as nylon 6. WWF’s Cascading Materials Vision: The World Wildlife Fund's [...]

29 June 2017|

European Commission 2016 report on the bioeconomy

The EU bioeconomy makes up an important part of the total economy in the EU. In 2014, it employed around 18.6 million people and generated approximately EUR 2.2 trillion. This means that the bioeconomy represents around 9% of all sectors of the economy with regards to employment as well as to turnover. These are the results of the European Commission’s 2016 report on the bioeconomy in Europe, which was released earlier this month. 2016 Bioeconomy Report (European Commission) The report shows that bio-based building blocks and polymers produce lower environmental impacts in comparison to their fossil references [...]

29 June 2017|

Germany takes important step to support bio-based packaging

Earlier this month, Germany’s Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, approved a new packaging law (Verpackungsgesetz) aimed at boosting recycling of packaging waste. It also stipulates that the systems collecting the waste fees are obliged to create incentives that encourage the use of recycled material or material from renewable sources for the production of packaging. This is an important signal for the bioplastics industry as for the first time bio-based and recycled materials are recognised as equally viable solutions to make packaging more sustainable and reduce our dependency on finite fossil resources. The new law, which was approved by [...]

29 May 2017|

Successful test on the use of biodegradable carrier bags in anaerobic digestion plants

Novamont, a leader in the development of bioplastics based in Italy, commissioned IGlux Witzenhausen GmbH and Witzenhausen-Institut GmbH to conduct a scientific study into the behaviour of biodegradable carrier bags made from MATER-BI – the bioplastic made by Novamont – in German anaerobic digestion plants. The use of biodegradable bags made from MATER-BI was tested in a procedure which encompassed the entire process using equipment made by four different companies: Kompogas, Thoeni, Bekon and WTT. The bags were monitored during pre-treatment, anaerobic digestion, post-composting and maturation at each plant. The percentage by weight of MATER-BI in the input material was [...]

29 May 2017|

Member portrait: DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue Peter A. von den Kerkhoff, Account Executive EMEA representing DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products at DuPont de Nemours Deutschland GmbH, shares some information on the largest global producer of bio-based 1,3-propanediol, headquartered in Loudon, Tennessee, USA. Peter A. von den Kerkhoff, Account Executive EMEA, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products 5 facts about DuPont Tate & Lyle, Loudon, Tennessee, USA DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products’ mission is to provide customers with a competitive advantage by [...]

29 May 2017|

Scientific report on facts related to bio-based and biodegradable plastics

Bio-based plastics can be mechanically recycled just like conventional plastics and biodegradable plastics are not a solution to the plastic soup in the oceans. These are two key findings in the report ‘Biobased and biodegradable plastics – Facts and Figures’, released by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. The report takes stock of scientific knowledge on bio-based and biodegradable plastics, and focuses on the plastics used in the packaging industry. "Our report shows that the production of many biobased plastics does result in less net greenhouse gas emissions than traditional plastic." Christiaan Bolck, programme manager for materials at WFBR There [...]

29 May 2017|