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Novamont opens first commercial-scale production plant for biobased BDO Novamont, the Italy-based producer of the Mater-Bi family of bioplastics, has opened the world’s first commercial-scale plant for the production of bio-based butanediol (1,4 BDO), in Bottrighe (Veneto Region), North East Italy. Novamont invested over €100 million in MATER-BIOTEC, which is now the world’s first dedicated [...]

Member portrait: Kaneka Belgium N.V.

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Erwin Lepoudre, Business Manager Biopolymers at the Green Polymer Division at Kaneka Belgium N.V., based in Westerlo-Oevel, Belgium, shares some information about the producer of high-performance polymers. 5 facts about Kaneka Erwin Dr [...]

EU parliamentary debate: “Time to rethink plastics? Going bio-based is the new black!”

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On 18th October 2016, Member of Parliament (MEP) Fredrick Federley and European Bioplastics (EUBP) organised a lunch debate “Time to rethink plastics? Going bio-based is the new black” in the European Parliament. A group of 40 representatives from the European Commission, the Parliament, the Council, the industry, and NGOs met to discuss the role of [...]

Programme announced for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference

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With just two months to go, the preparations for the 11th European Bioplastics Conference on 29/30 November 2016 in Berlin are in full swing and the speaker line-up for the two-day event features some exciting new faces and innovations. The 2016 edition of the leading business and networking event for the bioplastics industry in Europe will present [...]

Buying new furniture just got more sustainable

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It was one of the most shared news headlines of this month: IKEA and Neste announced their partnership to deliver bio-based plastics for the Scandinavian homeware giant. At the 10th European Bioplastics Conference in November last year, IKEA first announced its ambitious plan to make 100 percent of their plastic products from renewable and recycled [...]

Bioplastic cones improve efficiency of Thailand’s local rubber agriculture

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Corbion, Global Bio-Polymers, and Maxrich announced their collaboration on the development of a biodegradable root growth container to improve the agricultural efficiency and environmental performance of rubber tree plantations. Initial trials for new, bio-based and biodegradable root protection cone for rubber trees by Corbion, Maxrich and Global Bio-Polymers have been promising Natural rubber [...]

Member portrait: DIN CERTCO

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Berit Topolsinski, Product Manager at DIN CERTCO Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung mbH based in Berlin, Germany, shares some information about the certification and accreditation body. Dr. Berit Topolinski, Product Manager, DIN CERTCO 5 [...]

Revised mandate for home composting standard

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The EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, as modified by the EU Directive on lightweight carrier bags in 2015, tasked the European Commission to adopt specifications for labels of home compostable plastic carrier bags. Accordingly, in June 2016, the Commission asked the relevant European Standardisation Committee, CEN, to develop a standard on home compostable [...]

In brief – September 2016

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Bio-TPV as a substitute for soft PVC on floors: Fraunhofer Umsicht is developing a bio-based TPV material that could conceivably replace soft PVC in vinyl flooring. The researchers at Fraunhofer Umsicht are exploring the possibilities of a new, plasticizer-free, bio-based, thermoplastic vulcanizate (Bio-TPV) consisting of a soft, bio-based component, such as natural rubber, dispersed in [...]

Visit EUBP at K 2016 Hall 7a / Booth B10

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At this year’s K’2016, 19-26 October 2016, EUBP will highlight the latest innovations and advancements of the industry and inform visitors about the many benefits of bio-based and biodegradable plastic materials. Bioplastics have long moved from being a buzzword to an economically competitive and sustainable alternative to conventional plastics. The latest market data show a [...]