Bioplastics Bulletin

News in brief – May 2017

Synvina receives interim approval for bio-based PEF recyclability: Amsterdam-based Synvina CV has received interim approval from the European PET bottle platform (EPBP) for the recyclability of its bio-based polyethylenefuranoate (PEF) materials in the European bottle recycling market. The BASF-Avantium joint venture, which was set up in October last year, will produce bio-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) as main building block for the new polymer PEF. With the approval, PEF bottles are expected to be disposable through existing recovery systems the same way as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), the conventional material for plastic bottles. The interim approval applies to a PEF market penetration [...]

29 May 2017|

interpack 2017 presented many new bioplastic packaging solutions

This year’s interpack, the world’s largest trade show for packaging, stretching over a whole week from 4 to 10 May 2017, attracted over 170,000 visitors from 168 countries to the Messe Duesseldorf, Germany. Besides the latest developments in world-class machinery and technology for the production and of packaging materials, three major themes dominated this year’s interpack: material innovation, resource efficiency, and sustainability. More than 30 bioplastics companies, including many members of European Bioplastics, presented their products and new innovative bio-based and/or biodegradable materials at the trade fair. Moreover, many other packaging companies that specialise in conventional packaging also offered [...]

29 May 2017|

New report calls to suspend the use of “oxo-degradable” plastics

As set out in the amemdment of the EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste from 2015, the European Commission was tasked to assess the impacts of so-called “oxo-degradable” plastics on the environment and propose “a set of measures to limit their consumption or to reduce any harmful impacts“. To inform the Commission’s decision making process, a comprehensive impact study has been contracted out to Eunomia, an independent environmental consultancy based in the UK. The results of Eunomia’s report on “The Impact of the Use of “Oxo-degradable” Plastic on the Environment” are very clear in concluding that oxo-degradable plastics [...]

24 April 2017|

EUBP urges European Council to support bio-based packaging

The ongoing revision of the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC) represents a concrete opportunity for the bioeconomy sector in Europe and the transition to a circular economy. Earlier in March this year, the European Parliament voted, for the first time ever, for an amendment of this directive that requires Member States to incentivise and promote the use of bio-based packaging and improve market conditions for such products. It is now on the Representatives of the Members States in the European Council to confirm the EU’s committment to make Europe’s packaging sector more resource efficient and sustainable. [...]

24 April 2017|

“Falling in love with bioplastics” – FKuR says it’s time to change the bag

In a new fun video, German bioplastics specialist FKuR Kunststoff GmbH demonstrates the benefits of home compostable bags, which make the separate collection of biowaste more practical and hygienic, raising acceptance levels for the collection at home, and thus increasing the volumes of biowaste collected and the amount of valuable compost produced from it.   Since January 2017, France prohibits the use of plastic bags for fruits and vegetables (as well as cheese, meat, and fish) in supermarkets, except for bags that are made from bioplastics that contain a minimum of 30% bio-based content (increased to 60% in 2025) and [...]

24 April 2017|

Member portrait: BIO-FED

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue Dr Stanislaw Haftka, Sales Director of BIO-FED, shares some information on the bioplastics producer based in Cologne, Germany. Dr Stanislaw Haftka, Sales Director, BIO-FED 5 facts about BIO-FED, Cologne, Germany BIO-FED is based in BioCampus Cologne and produces and markets biodegradable and biobased plastics under the M∙VERA® brand. As a branch of AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH, BIO-FED is a member of the international Feddersen Group, which is headquartered in Hamburg. Our partnerships with other divisions in the Feddersen Group and [...]

24 April 2017|