Total Corbion PLA formally starts up operations

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Earlier this month, Total Corbion PLA officially launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture based in the Netherlands. [...]

Danone and Nestlé Waters commit to 100 percent bio-based PET

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Danone and Nestlé Waters, the world’s two largest bottled water companies, have joined forces with Origin Materials, a start-up based in Sacramento, California, to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. Together, the three partners aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from 100 percent bio-based renewable material. The project [...]

News in brief – March 2017

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Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo to Collaborate on Biodegradable Resins: Biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific and global food and beverage company PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) have announced an agreement that includes development of Danimer Scientifics’ biodegradable film resins to meet the sustainable flexible packaging requirements of PepsiCo’s global food and beverage business. The agreement includes the development [...]

Oxo-degradable plastics increasingly under fire in Europe

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Spain announced plans to ban the sale of lightweight oxo-degradable bags from 2018 onwards under a new law drafted by the Spanish agriculture and environment ministry. The law implements an EU directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The draft also includes a minimum price on plastic bags above 15 microns [...]

Bioplastics are an important part of the EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics

28 February 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

At the end of January 2017, the European Commission published their Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics. François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, welcomed the Roadmap and said in a statement: “An EU Plastics Strategy is needed to drive continued change in the plastics industry towards an innovative, sustainable, and resource-efficient economy”. “The [...]

Survey on the perception of bio-based plastics – We want to hear what you think!

28 February 2017|Tags: , , , , |

European Bioplastics (EUBP), the European association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, is conducting a survey amongst the plastics industry and other related stakeholder groups on the perception of bio-based plastics. EUBP wants to learn more about the perceived strengths, opportunities, challenges, and hurdles of bio-based plastics to unfold their full environmental, economic, and [...]

Member portrait: AIMPLAS

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, José Antonio Costa, Managing Director of AIMPLAS, shares some information about the non-profit research association located in Valencia, Spain. 5 facts about AIMPLAS, Valencia, Spain José Antonio Costa, Managing Director, AIMPLAS 20 [...]

New blends for home-compostable films and packaging

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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 [...]

News in brief – February 2017

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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, [...]

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

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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 [...]