Bioplastics Bulletin

New blends for home-compostable films and packaging

Home-compostable bag made from Bio-Flex FX1803 (c) FKuR, 2017 The bioplastics specialist FKuR has developed new Bio-Flex blends for the production of thin films which will biodegrade completely in garden compost at low, variable temperatures. Most of the new compounds meet the requirements of Article 75 of the French Energy Transition Law according to which plastic bags for fruit and vegetables in French supermarkets have to be home-hompostable and contain a minimum of 30 percent of renewable raw materials (60% from 2025 onwards) since January 2017. The new Bio-Flex grades have been issued the OK Compost Home [...]

28 February 2017|

News in brief – February 2017

Latest market trends on bio-based building blocks released by nova-Institute: According to the latest market study by the nova-Institute on “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers – Global Capacities and Trends 2016 – 2021”, production capacities for bio-based polymers worldwide continue to grow despite difficult market environments. With 6.6 million tonnes production capacities in 2016, 2% of all polymers are already bio-based. The industry has had a turnover of €13 billion in 2016. Nova-Institute’s market study provides the most comprehensive overview of global figures on bio-based building blocks. European Bioplastics’ annual market data update 2016 is based on this report, [...]

28 February 2017|

European Parliament’s ENVI Committee backs bioplastics in vote on waste legislation proposal

On 24 January 2017 the European Parliament’s Environment Committee voted on the ambitious waste legislation proposal concerning the EU Circular Economy Package of rapporteur Simona Bonafè. European Bioplastics (EUBP) congratulates the rapporteur and the Committee on their strong efforts and the results of the vote. The vote adopted amendments of the Waste Framework Directive that will help to ensure a separate collection of bio-waste across Europe facilitated by certified collection tools such as compostable bio-waste bags. “The amendments ensure that the potential of bio-waste as a valuable resource can be tapped through organic recycling and will provide an important [...]

31 January 2017|

New report by New Plastics Economy initiative calls for more compostable plastic packaging

At the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the New Plastics Economy initiative presented their new report “The New Plastics Economy – Catalysing Action”. The report provides a set of concrete actions to drive the transition towards a new plastics economy. The report follows the recommendations of the 2016 report “Rethinking the Future of Plastics”, which for the first time looked at the global plastic material flows and, derived from these findings, provided an overarching vision of a new plastics economy that aligns with the principles of the circular economy and in which bioplastics [...]

31 January 2017|

Stronger support for the bioplastics industry in Europe

Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics European Bioplastics is happy to announce that three of their members, Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics (EUBP) in 2017. All three companies have been members of EUBP for many years. Their stronger commitment is an important signal for the vital work of the European association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry, and their support will contribute to the association’s efforts to shape and strengthen the transformation to a low-carbon and sustainable circular plastics economy in Europe. The previous Supporting [...]

31 January 2017|

Member portrait: AGRANA Starch

Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics, AGRANA In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics at AGRANA, shares some information about the Austrian producer of starch and starch-based bioplastics. 5 facts about AGRANA Starch, Gmuend, Austria AGRANA is an internationally oriented Austrian company, which adds value to agricultural commodities to produce a wide range of industrial products for the processing sector. With around 8,600 personnel based at 53 production facilities in its three business segments, Sugar, Starch and Fruit, AGRANA supplies [...]

31 January 2017|