News in brief – June 2018

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Revised EU Waste Package enters into force: On 14th June 2018 the waste legislative texts have been published in the Official Journal of the EU. The new directives will enter into force on 4 July 2018. The revised waste package includes the Waste Framework Directive, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive, Landfill Directive, and [...]

News in brief – May 2018

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DIN CERTCO offers certification for biodegradable mulch films: Mulch films help to protect plants, improve soil and increase yields in agriculture and horticulture. A major problem with conventional mulch films is the time-consuming collection of residues after use. Biodegradable mulch films offer a unique advantage as they can be left on the field to [...]

Member portrait: Kompuestos

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In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Ignacio Duch, President of Kompuestos, shares some information on one of the leading international suppliers of masterbatches, coloring systems and customized additives, as well as high performance plastic masterbatches and compounds. Ignacio Duch, President, [...]

Development of bio-based and biodegradable skin-contact products well under way

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On 26-27 April, European Bioplastics hosted the meeting of the PolyBioSkin project consortium in Berlin. All consortium partners attended the meeting to update one another on the progress within the project’s work packages, coordinate the research agenda for the coming months, and elaborated on their intentions to use the project results in an exploitation [...]

Full stereocomplex PLA technology now commercially available from Total Corbion PLA

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Total Corbion PLA, global technology leader in poly lactic acid (PLA), announced the launch of a novel technology that can create full stereocomplex PLA in a broad range of industrial applications. The proprietary technology enables PLA applications to withstand temperatures close to 200°C (HDT-A). The new stereocomplex PLA – a material with long, regularly [...]

EUBA urges to discuss bio-based feedstock in the context of the EU Plastics Strategy

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In response to the EU Plastics Strategy published by the European Commission earlier this year, the European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) presented a discussion paper to the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to urge the institutions to underpin the Commission's approach with concrete actions on how to realise the potential of bio-based [...]

Renewable Materials for a Low-carbon Circular Economy

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As part of the Circular Economy 100 (CE100), an innovation programme of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a new report on Renewable Materials for a Low-carbon and Circular Economy has been published together with the companies and CE100 partners Essity, IKEA, Royal DSM and Tetra Pak. According to the report, renewable materials present significant market [...]

New EU waste rules adopted

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On 18 April, the European Parliament approved the package to update the EU waste legislation, including a revision of the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Apart from new ambitious recycling and landfilling targets to boost the re-use of valuable materials in waste, the new legislation also acknowledges that bio-based [...]

Biowaste collection and biodegradable plastics discussed at the Bio-waste Conference in Kassel, Germany

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From 2023 onwards, separate collection of bio-waste will be mandatory across Europe in order to increase the overall amounts of separately collected waste and to help meet the ambitious recycling targets set out in the new EU waste rules. Yet, the separate waste collection systems (including for bio-waste) still vary widely among the 28 [...]

Bioplastics could contribute 34,000 jobs and £1.92 billion to the UK economy

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A report from bioeconomy consultants NNFCC has found that a paradigm shift from oil-based plastic to plastics produced from renewable materials and designed to be recyclable or biodegradable, offers the potential to address the issues with plastics while retaining its many benefits. Adrian Higson, Lead Consultant Bio-based Products at NNFCC said in an interview: [...]