Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field

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Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field, writes Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP) for the Parliament Magazine. Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, EUBP Bioplastics are a fast-growing, innovative sector. Many of the world’s leading companies are turning to bioplastics to meet the growing demand for more sustainable [...]

How a strong EU bioeconomy can deliver on the UN Sustainability Development Goals

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On 9 July, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) invited EU policy makers and relevant stakeholders to join a discussion forum on the ‘Benefits of the Bioeconomy‘ in Brussels. Guided by two keynote presentations by Céline Charveriat, Executive Director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy and Dirk Carrez, Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries [...]

Sustainable feedstock sourcing

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As the market for bioplastics grows, inevitable questions around the sustainability of bio-based products continue to be of relevance to the brands and organisations who are driving this growth. We sat down with Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, to discuss the key trends in the bioeconomy, the kinds of [...]

Member portrait: University of Bologna

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Paola Fabbri, Associate Prof. of Materials Science and Technology and Maurizio Fiorini, Associate Prof. of Principles of Chemistry for Applied Technologies at University of BolognaAlma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Paola Fabbri, [...]

World’s first biobased, circular car created using Luminy from Total Corbion PLA

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The world’s first bio-based, circular car has been successfully designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven. This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork has been made from natural and bio-based materials - no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of [...]

News in brief – July 2018

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VTT developed a biodegradable material that is 100% bio-based. The first model product is a designer chair manufactured as a joint effort between VTT, Plastec Finland and KO-HO Industrial design. © VTT Thermoformable bio-based material to replace fossil-based plastics in furniture: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has developed a thermally [...]

Biodegradability of plastics in the marine environment

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In the context of the EU Plastics Strategy and the recently published proposal for a Directive on the reduction of single-use plastic products, biodegradable and compostable plastics are increasingly being discussed with regard to their potential to contribute to tackling marine litter. Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics (EUBP), provides some [...]

Neste and IKEA team up to develop bio-based PP

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IKEA has taken the next step in their commitment to make their plastic products from recycled or renewable sources – first announced at the European Bioplastics Conference in 2016 – and has teamed up with Neste, a leader in renewable solutions for polymer production and member of European Bioplastics, to produce bio-based plastics. [...]

Avantium starts construction of bio-MEG demonstration plant in the Netherlands

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Avantium N.V., a leading technology development company and forerunner in renewable chemistry, has started construction of a new demonstration plant that will help advance the production of bio-based monoethylene glycol (MEG) made directly from renewable sugars. As MEG is a component for making plastics, such as PET and – in the future- [...]

Member portrait: Sukano

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Daniel Ganz, global R&D leader for bioplastics, Sukano In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Daniel Ganz, global R&D leader for bioplastics at Sukano, shares some information on one of the world leaders in masterbatches, compounds, and special resins, headquartered [...]