First conference speakers confirmed #EUBPConf2016

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Rethinking plastics – first speakers confirmed for this year’s European Bioplastics Conference With less than 100 days 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 is filling up nicely. The 2016 edition of the leading [...]

Bioplastics Week 2016 #bioplasticsweek

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In the week from August 22-26, 2016, the Bioplastics Division of North American SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association and other partnering organisations, including European Bioplastics, Plastics Europe, USDA BioPreferred Program, Sustainable Packaging Coalition, and many more bioplastics organisations and companies, will be promoting the Bioplastics Week – a social media-based event to increase visibility [...]

News from our Members – August 2016

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AIMPLAS develops biodegradable dairy packaging suitable for pasteurisation FKuR launches new Bio-Flex blends that reduce the thickness of compostable films BASF offers compostable particle foam with high bio-based content Original Food now offers their premium wild coffee in biodegradable coffee capsules AIMPLAS develops biodegradable dairy packaging suitable for pasteurisation The dairy sector will [...]

Member portrait: nova-Institute

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Michael Carus, Managing Director of the nova-Institute based in Hürth, Germany, shares some information about the independent institute for ecology and innovation. Michael Carus, Managing Director nova-Institut GmbH 5 facts about nova-Institute, Hürth, [...]

From waste to bioplastics – Ford ‘driving’ the technology forward

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Car manufacturer Ford recently announced to team up with spirits brand Jose Cuervo to develop bioplastics form agave biowaste leftover from the tequila-making process. An unlikely coalition – usually alcohol and cars don’t mix – that made many people curious about the possibilities of making bioplastics from waste. The technology isn’t new, quite the [...]

In brief – August 2016

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Open call for Bioplastics Award 2016: Like every year, the winner of the Global Bioplastics Award will be announced at the 11th European Bioplastics Conference in November 2016 in Berlin. The award ceremony is hosted by the bioplastics MAGAZINE and recognises innovations and great achievements by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastics materials. [...]

Bonafè presents ambitious amendments of the revised EU waste legislation

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Earlier this month (June 2016), MEP Simona Bonafè, Rapporteur of the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, published her reports on the revised EU waste legislation and called for more ambitious waste prevention and resource efficiency targets than presented in the Commission’s initial EU Circular Economy Package. European Bioplastics (EUBP) welcomes the draft reports that [...]

Biodegradable plastics were never designed to be a solution to marine litter

27 June 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Karen Laird, Sustainability Editor at PlasticsToday.com Karen Laird, European/Sustainability Editor, PlasticsToday A report from the United Nations Environment Program, or UNEP, entitled Marine Plastic Debris And Microplastic - Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change recently caused quite a stir in the media – for all the wrong [...]

NatureWorks opens lab to turn methane into PLA

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NatureWorks has opened a new 8,300 square-foot laboratory worth $1 million at the company’s headquarters in Minnesota, USA, to commercialise the fermentation process for transforming methane into lactic acid, the building block of Ingeo PLA. NatureWorks CEO Marc Verbruggen at the Minnetonka Fermentation Lab Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (c) NatureWorks The research project [...]

New Plastics Economy initiative launched by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a global thought leader committed to the vision of a circular economy, launched the ‘New Plastics Economy’ initiative, bringing together 40 leading companies and cities to take on the challenge of the transformation towards a global plastics system that applies the principles of the circular economy. The initiative is led [...]