In brief – June 2016

Reverdia and Wageningen UR Launch Development of Durable Bio-PBS Compounds: Reverdia and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research launched a joint development programme on bio-based PBS (polybutylene succinate) compounds for injection moulding. The new bio-PBS compounds will be durable and based on Biosuccinium™. The final compounds are expected to have an improved carbon footprint in [...]

22 June 2016|

Recommendations for bio-based products in public procurement

Op-ed by Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, European Bioplastics On 12 April 2016, at the bioeconomy stakeholders’ conference BioEconomyUtrecht2016, the Working Group on Public Procurement of the European Commission’s Expert Group for Bio-based Products published 15 recommendations for an increased uptake of bio-based products in public procurement programmes. The report includes a range of promotional [...]

3 May 2016|

Register now! – European Bioplastics Conference 2016

Registration is now open for the leading bioplastics event in Europe. Register before 31July 2016 to take advantage of the early bird rate! To register, please click here. Bioplastics – Rethinking Plastics: Over 350 stakeholders of the entire value chain of bioplastics will come together for the 11th edition of the annual European Bioplastics [...]

3 May 2016|

EP Intergroup discusses the future of plastic materials in the circular economy

On 7 April 2016, the European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development’ invited a group of policy-makers and experts from regional authorities, NGOs and other stakeholders along the plastics value chain to discuss the challenges and opportunities of the role of plastics in the circular economy at a meeting entitled "The [...]

3 May 2016|

Updated JRC report on the environmental sustainability assessment of bioeconomy products and processes

In 2013, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) was entrusted to set up a Bioeconomy Oberservatory with the task to perform a comprehensive environmental sustainability assessment of various bio-based products and their supply chains using a life-cycle perspective. In November 2015, JRC published its report on the 'Environmental Sustainability Assessment of Bioeconomy Products [...]

3 May 2016|

Member portrait: Fraunhofer Institute for Silicat Research ISC

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Materials Chemistry, Head Functional Barrier Coatings, Fraunhofer ISC shares some information about the research institute. Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Head Functional Barrier Coatings, Fraunhofer ISC 5 facts about Fraunhofer Institute for [...]

3 May 2016|

New products and innovations (May 2016)

Partnership between BASF and Avantium to produce FDCA and PEF Earlier this year, BASF and Avantium announced their plans of a joint venture for the production of furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and polyethylenefuranotate (PEF) from renewable resources. FDCA is the essential chemical building block for the production of PEF, which is particularly suitable for certain food [...]

3 May 2016|

In Brief – May 2016

InnoviaFilms sells Celophane business to Futamaura: Earlier in April 2016, InnoviaFilms announced it had signed an agreement with Japanese plastics manufacturer Futamura Chemicals Co Ltd to sell its Celophane business and assets, including its NatureFlex bioplastics film production. Innovia Group, which manufactures high-tech film products for industrial applications and banknotes says it will further strengthen [...]

3 May 2016|

Redesign of our website

Dear subscribers of the Bioplastics Bulletin, You might have noticed the new design of our website, including our bimonthly newsletter, the Bioplastics Bulletin, which now comes in the form of a blog. The new website can be reached at the URL Due to a third party attack a few weeks ago, our website [...]

15 March 2016|

Bio-based plastics play an essential role in the future circular plastics economy

The recent report by the World Economic Forum and Ellen MacArthur Foundation on ‘The New Plastics Economy: Rethinking the future of plastics’ provides an overarching vision of a global circular plastics economy in which bioplastics play an essential role in decoupling the economy from fossil resources and help to return nutrients to the soil. [...]

15 March 2016|