Bioplastics Bulletin

Total Corbion PLA formally starts up operations

Earlier this month, Total Corbion PLA officially launched its operations to produce and market Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) polymers. PLA is a biobased and biodegradable polymer made from annually renewable resources. As announced by parent companies Total and Corbion last November, the new company is a 50/50 joint venture based in the Netherlands. Luminy PLA polymers (c) Total Corbion Total Corbion PLA’s polymerization plant, with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year, is currently under construction at Corbion’s site in Thailand. The plant start-up is planned for the second half of 2018 and will produce a full [...]

30 March 2017|

Danone and Nestlé Waters commit to 100 percent bio-based PET

Danone and Nestlé Waters, the world’s two largest bottled water companies, have joined forces with Origin Materials, a start-up based in Sacramento, California, to form the NaturALL Bottle Alliance. Together, the three partners aim to develop and launch at commercial scale a PET plastic bottle made from 100 percent bio-based renewable material. The project uses biomass feedstock, such as previously used cardboard and sawdust. The technology represents a great opportunity for the entire sector, and the Alliance aims to make it available to the entire food and beverage industry. “Our goal is to establish a circular economy [...]

30 March 2017|

News in brief – March 2017

Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo to Collaborate on Biodegradable Resins: Biotechnology leader Danimer Scientific and global food and beverage company PepsiCo, Inc. (PEP) have announced an agreement that includes development of Danimer Scientifics’ biodegradable film resins to meet the sustainable flexible packaging requirements of PepsiCo’s global food and beverage business. The agreement includes the development of bio-based compostable packaging for PepsiCo’s snack brands and will facilitate the expansion of Danimer Scientifics’ Nodax PHA plant. Solegear partners with Braskem to expand its bioplastics products: Canadian Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and Braskem announced a 3-year partnership in which Solegear will utilize [...]

30 March 2017|

Oxo-degradable plastics increasingly under fire in Europe

Spain announced plans to ban the sale of lightweight oxo-degradable bags from 2018 onwards under a new law drafted by the Spanish agriculture and environment ministry. The law implements an EU directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The draft also includes a minimum price on plastic bags above 15 microns and labelling requirements to aid the distinction of compostable bags from non-compostable bags. Oxo-fragmentable plastics are conventional plastic materials with artificial additives that do not biodegrade but merely fragment into small pieces that remain in and potentially harm the environment and endanger recycling and composting. [...]

28 February 2017|

Bioplastics are an important part of the EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics

At the end of January 2017, the European Commission published their Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics. François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics, welcomed the Roadmap and said in a statement: “An EU Plastics Strategy is needed to drive continued change in the plastics industry towards an innovative, sustainable, and resource-efficient economy”. “The European Commission’s ambitious circular economy approach becomes apparent in the Roadmap. Alternatives to fossil feedstock such as biomass or CO2 will be taken into account for the manufacture of plastics. Furthermore, diverse end-of-life options will be assessed. Making use of biodegradation properties of bioplastics will [...]

28 February 2017|

Survey on the perception of bio-based plastics – We want to hear what you think!

European Bioplastics (EUBP), the European association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, is conducting a survey amongst the plastics industry and other related stakeholder groups on the perception of bio-based plastics. EUBP wants to learn more about the perceived strengths, opportunities, challenges, and hurdles of bio-based plastics to unfold their full environmental, economic, and social potential in Europe. The survey aims to assess the general knowledge of and attitude towards bio-based plastics, sustainability aspects, material properties, innovation potential, and legislative measures. The results will help to provide better insights and new impulses to shape and drive the future of [...]

28 February 2017|

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