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Bio-based food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

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Companies in the food sector are increasingly looking for alternatives to conventional plastic packaging to reduce their CO2 footprint and are switching to packaging solutions made from renewable raw materials. A team at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands is studying the perceptions of bio-based packaging among consumers and aims to give manufacturers [...]

In brief (January 2018)

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Non-biodegradable cotton buds prohibited in Italy from 2019: Italy will be the first country to ban non-biodegradable plastic cotton buds as of 2019. The Italian parliament adopted a proposal on 19 December 2017 to only allow the production and sale of cotton buds that are biodegradable and compostable according to the European standard EN [...]

EUBP welcomes world’s first Plastics Strategy in Europe

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But European Commission misses chance to fully embrace circular benefits of bio-based plastics and biodegradable plastics Berlin, 17 January 2018 – The European Strategy for Plastics, published on Tuesday by the European Commission, sets clear goals to curb plastic waste, increase resource efficiency, and to create value and job growth in Europe, but falls [...]

In Brief (December 2017)

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Mazda teams with Mitsubishi Chemical to develop bio-based engineering plastic grade: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mazda have jointly developed a new grade of Durabio, a bio-derived polycarbonate engineering plastic suitable for molding large cosmetic automotive parts. Durabio is based partially on isosorbide, which in turn is derived from sorbitol, a widely available natural feedstock. [...]

Member portrait: JinHui ZhaoLong

18 December 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong shares some information on one of the leading producers of biodegradable plastics in China. 5 facts about JinHui ZhaoLong, China Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong JinHui [...]

Cascading Materials Vision: Extending the life of our natural resources

18 December 2017|Tags: , , , , , , |

As we face increasing resource scarcity, we also throw away valuable resources each day in the form of waste. Such waste does not only impact ecosystems, it also signals a lost opportunity to draw more from available resources. In many cases, these waste materials could be reused to limit the stress on natural resources.Secondary materials [...]

PLA in the waste stream

18 December 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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

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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|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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 [...]