Thai PPT to invest $1.1 bln in bioplastics: Thailand’s energy firm PTT Pcl said it’s planning to invest 40 billion baht (1.11 billion US Dollar) in bioplastics and environmentally-friendly products from 2014 to 2020. The state-controlled group aims for bioplastics to account for 2 percent of the firm’s revenue by 2020.
FDCA and PEF in Asia: Avantium and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. signed an agreement to commercialize 100% biobased chemicals FDCA and PEF in Asia. Both companies have entered into a development and roll out agreement for PEF thin films in Asia and PEF bottles in Japan. Given its outstanding barrier performance, Avantium research demonstrates PEF can bring significant benefits as packaging material for oxygen sensitive goods such as food, beer and health care products.
Separate biowaste collection in Brussels: Schaerbeek, a municipality in Brussels, introduced separate collection for organic waste in early December this year. Schaerbeek thereby joins six other municipalities in a wider organic waste collection test organised by Buxelles-Propreté. The project aims to demonstrate the benefits and value creation of separate waste collection and wants to be a role model in efficient waste management. Thumbs up!
Bioplastics magazine in Poland launched: Last month, bioTWORZYWA, a new trade magazine on bioplastics was launched in Poland. The magazine will initially be available online (in Polish and English) as well as ezine. A print version of the magazine is planned for next year. The launch demonstrates the growing information demand around bioplastics in Europe. Website: http://www.bioplastics.com.pl/