Bioplastics Bulletin

Controversial assumptions of study by University of Bonn create misleading interpretation of bioplastics’ environmental impact

The recent study “Land use mediated GHG emissions and spillovers from increased consumption of bioplastics” published by the University of Bonn calls into question the contribution of bio-based plastics to climate change mitigation. Although the study describes that fossil-based plastics are responsible for 15 percent of the global CO2 emissions*, it fails to acknowledge that bio-based plastics generate proven environmental, economic, and social benefits. The claim that the increased consumption of bio-based plastics would change the land use globally, with a negative impact on food prices and CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, is based on rather out-dated and undifferentiated [...]

20 December 2018|

Member portrait: POLIFILM

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Mrs Maria Heinze, Project Manager R&D at POLIFILM shares some information on a leading manufacturer of extrusion and protective films. Sustainability is teamwork – also at POLIFILM (Photo credit: Thilo Schoch photo+videographer) 5 facts about POLIFILM, Germany POLIFILM is an expert in PE solutions and leading manufacturer of extrusion and protective films. With 22 locations, 1,600 employees and more than 20 distribution partners worldwide, POLIFILM serves its international customers with solutions for a variety of markets and applications. [...]

20 December 2018|

News in brief – December 2018

UK unveils £60 million (US $76.4 million) funding to develop sustainable packaging: The funding, to be bolstered by industry support, and delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund aims at support the development of new forms of packaging and plastic made from farming, food and industrial waste, among other measures. The government has also announced a strategy to help boost the bioeconomy, which is currently worth approximately £220 billion ($280.15 billion) and supports 5.2 million jobs. Total Corbion PLA’s new 75,000 tons per year PLA plant in Rayong, Thailand. Total Corbion PLA [...]

20 December 2018|

Single-use plastics directive fails to acknowledge potential of biodegradable plastics

Berlin, 20 December 2018 - The European institutions have reached an agreement on a directive to curb the use of a number of single-use plastic products in the EU, which aims to prevent and reduce marine litter of these products. European Bioplastics (EUBP) fully supports the transition from a linear to a ‘no-leakage’ circular and bio-based economy in Europe. “This directive is a valuable initiative to raise awareness for consumption patterns and tackle marine pollution”, says François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP. “However, it is necessary to combine ambition and proportionality within the directive – so that unnecessary single-use [...]

20 December 2018|

Indirect additional global warming impacts from processes attributing to direct global warming and example of permafrost melting

Contribution article by Ville Uusitalo, Assistant Professor at the LUT-University (School of Energy Systems, Sustainable Science) and Annamari Enström, Senior Researcher, LCA at Neste Corporation. Global warming impacts of different products and processes from life cycle assessment (LCA) perspective is widely performed with standardized methods. Global warming impact assessments in LCA are, typically, carried out by using GWP factors for different greenhouse gas emissions. However, there are also multiple additional indirect impacts to global warming through impacts of these emissions. This paper shortly discusses a possibility to include also these indirect impacts to future GWP assessments using methane release [...]

20 December 2018|

Record attendance and innovative solutions at the 13th European Bioplastics Conference

Berlin, 7 December 2018 – The 13th European Bioplastics Conference, which took place on 4/5 December 2018 in Berlin, put bioplastics in the spotlight for over 400 senior executives from across the bioplastics value chain, including brands, policy makers, academia, and NGOs, by meeting the demand for more sustainable, resource-efficient, and functional solutions. The sold-out event once again confirmed its status as the leading business and networking platform in driving the growth and innovation of the global bioplastics industry. In his opening speech, François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlighted some of the major achievements of the bioplastics industry [...]

7 December 2018|

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