Bioplastics Bulletin

Stronger support for the bioplastics industry in Europe

Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics European Bioplastics is happy to announce that three of their members, Corbion, BIOTEC, and Sphere step up as Supporting Members of European Bioplastics (EUBP) in 2017. All three companies have been members of EUBP for many years. Their stronger commitment is an important signal for the vital work of the European association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry, and their support will contribute to the association’s efforts to shape and strengthen the transformation to a low-carbon and sustainable circular plastics economy in Europe. The previous Supporting [...]

31 January 2017|

Member portrait: AGRANA Starch

Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics, AGRANA In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Bettina Fliesser, Sales Manager Bioplastics at AGRANA, shares some information about the Austrian producer of starch and starch-based bioplastics. 5 facts about AGRANA Starch, Gmuend, Austria AGRANA is an internationally oriented Austrian company, which adds value to agricultural commodities to produce a wide range of industrial products for the processing sector. With around 8,600 personnel based at 53 production facilities in its three business segments, Sugar, Starch and Fruit, AGRANA supplies [...]

31 January 2017|

OWS expert statement on biodegradable mulch films

Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the market for more than 15 years, backed by solid scientific and technical knowledge, and meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers growing fruits and vegetables. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as they deliver positive agronomical effects such as increasing yield, improving quality of crops, weed control, and reduction of water irrigation and pesticides. Additionally, they offer distinctive advantages at the end of the crop cycle as they can be left on the field and ploughed under, which significantly reduces the agricultural plastic waste and potential soil [...]

31 January 2017|

European Parliament breakfast on biodegradable plastics

On 25 January 2017, at the crossroads of several important dossiers and initiatives concerning the Circular Economy Package, Margrete Auken, Member of European Parliament, hosted a breakfast debate on ‘Clarifying biodegradable plastics and how to put them to proper use’. MEP Auken welcomed a delegation of the Congress’ of the Philippines Ecology Committee – Mr Dilbert Quetulio and Mrs Glenda Daco – to participate in the breakfast debate. Full-house at breakfast discussion of MEP Margrete Auken on 'Clarifying biodegradable plastics' on 25 January 2017. The three speakers Philippe Dewolfs, (Vinçotte), Professor Emmanuelle Gastaldi (University of Montpellier), and [...]

31 January 2017|

News in brief | January 2017

Avantium acquires the assets of Liquid Light: Avantium has acquired the assets of Liquid Light Inc., a renowned developer of electrochemical processes. Liquid Light has developed proprietary process technology to make major chemicals from low-cost, abundant carbon dioxide (CO2). The acquisition combines the technologies of both companies to develop a electro-catalysis platform and to commercialize new process technologies using CO2 as feedstock to produce sustainable chemicals and materials. Floreon developes new additive for PLA: UK-based technical company Floreon has developed a high-performance bioplastic compound that is added to PLA to make it less brittle and four times tougher, [...]

31 January 2017|

In brief (December 2016)

Italy’s Bioeconomy Strategy: In November, the Italian government published its Bioeconomy Strategy, which is still open for a public consultation with national stakeholders until 20 December 2016. Italy already has one of the most advanced infrastructures for the separate collection and recycling of organic waste and is a centre of excellence for integrated biorefineries. Now, Italy also has the Bioeconomy Strategy to go with it. It aims to enhance the competitiveness of Italy’s bioeconomy sector and its role in promoting growth in Europe and the Mediterranean basin. New British standard on the circular economy: The British Standards Institute [...]

20 December 2016|

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