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PLA in the waste stream

18 December 2017|

The new German packaging law (Verpackungsgesetz, effective from January 2019, we reported earlier this year) includes provisions under which the participation fees for packaging shall be adapted in order to incentivise the use of recycled and renewable materials. The consequential increase in bio-based plastic packaging and the expected rise of new types of materials [...]

Bioplastics are making the difference

30 November 2017|

François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP, opening the 12th European Bioplastics Conference 2017 in Berlin. Berlin, 30 November 2017 – The 12th European Bioplastics Conference, which took place on 28/29 November 2017 in Berlin, showcased just how bioplastics are making the difference in driving innovations forward for more sustainability, resource efficiency, and [...]

Concrete policy asks for the revision of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy

25 October 2017|

Launched and adopted in 2012, Europe's Bioeconomy Strategy addresses the production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into vital products and bio-energy. The strategy is needed to ensure that fossil resources are replaced with sustainable natural alternatives as part of the transition to a low-carbon circular economy. Its main purpose is to streamline [...]

Final speaker line-up of the European Bioplastics Conference 2017

25 October 2017|

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 the final speaker line-up of this year’s conference, taking place on 28-29 November 2017 in Berlin, Germany. François de Bie, Chairman of [...]

Five-year EU flagship project to establish an innovative supply chain for FDCA and PEF

25 October 2017|

Test bottles made from PET © Synvina PEFerence, a €25 million EU project, was officially launched at the end of September 2017. The partners will be cooperating for the next five years to establish an innovative value chain for FDCA (2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid) and PEF (Polyethylene furanoate), including the intended construction of a 50,000 tons [...]

News in brief – October 2017

25 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 [...]

European Parliament supports use of biodegradable mulch films

24 October 2017|

Berlin, 24 October 2017 – Today, the Plenary of the European Parliament voted in favour of supporting biodegradable mulch films in the revision of the EU Fertilizers Regulation. European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the outcome. “The inclusion of biodegradable mulches in the EU Fertilizers Regulation will help [...]

New studies confirm: biodegradable plastics boost organic recycling and improve mechanical recycling

17 October 2017|

Berlin, 17 October 2017 – Biodegradable plastics offer innovative solutions to improve recycling quality by facilitating the means for more efficient separate waste collection. This has been confirmed by a recent study jointly released by Corepla, the Italian Consortium for Collecting, Recycling, and Recovering Plastic Packaging, the Italian Composters Consortium (CIC), and Assobioplastiche, the [...]

Mythen und Fakten zu Biokunststoffen aufgeklärt (German only)

5 October 2017|

Biokunststoffe sind eine junge innovative Branche, die sich derzeit rasant entwickelt. Das wachsende ökologische Bewusstsein in der Bevölkerung sowie das Wissen um die Endlichkeit der fossilen Rohstoffe sind nur zwei der Faktoren, die ganz wesentlich zum Wachstum der Biokunststoffe beitragen. Immer mehr Unternehmen suchen nach innovativen Wegen, um der stetig steigenden Nachfrage nach nachhaltigen [...]

Revision of EU Fertilizers Regulation: Why we need biodegradable mulch films

5 October 2017|

Biodegradable mulch film © European Bioplastics Berlin, 5 October 2017 – In the light of the upcoming vote of the European Parliament on the revision of the EU Fertilizers Regulation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, calls on the Plenary to confirm what has been approved by [...]