Bioplastics Bulletin

Bonafè presents ambitious amendments of the revised EU waste legislation

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 lay out the legal measures needed for a paradigm shift from a linear to a circular economy where waste is considered a valuable resource, and the transformation to a low-carbon bioeconomy, which uses resources more efficiently. Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive to promote bio-based materials [...]

27 June 2016|

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

By Karen Laird, Sustainability Editor at 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 reasons. Instead of stressing the report’s clarity and the overview provided of the possible measures to be taken to tackle the problem, the focus was on “green plastics” that were “a big fat lie” or a “false solution”, if the headlines were to be believed. [...]

27 June 2016|

NatureWorks opens lab to turn methane into PLA

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 began in 2013 as collaboration between NatureWorks and Calysta Energy to develop the fermentation biocatalyst. In 2014, lab-scale fermentation of lactic acid from methane using the new biocatalyst was proven, and the US Energy Department awarded $2.5 million to the project. The opening of the [...]

27 June 2016|

New Plastics Economy initiative launched by Ellen MacArthur Foundation

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 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in collaboration with a broad group of leading companies including Amcor, Coca-Cola, DuPont, Indorama Ventures, L'Oréal, MARS, M&S, Natureworks, Novamont, Sealed Air, SUEZ, The Dow Chemical Company, Unilever, and Veolia, as well as front-running cities like Copenhagen and the London [...]

22 June 2016|

Member portrait: Meredian Holdings Group (MHG)

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, John Moore, Vice President Business Development at MHG (Meredian Holdings Group) shares some information about the US-based producer of biopolymers. John Moore, Vice President Business Development, MHG 5 facts about MHG (Meredian Holdings Group), Bainbridge, GA, USA One goal of MHG is to enable people and communities to benefit from sustainable, environmentally friendly products that decompose seamlessly, leaving behind no particulate matter or toxic trace. MHG produces a new generation of cost competitive biopolymers using proprietary PHA [...]

22 June 2016|

New products and innovations

100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads for cosmetics developed by Bio-on Bio-On S.p.A., an Italian developer of bio-fermentation technologies for biodegradable materials and industrial applications, has developed a new formulation, called Minerv PHA Bio Cosmetics (type C1), that is designed to make 100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads suitable for the cosmetics industry. The plastic micro particles (known as microbeads) currently used as thickeners or stabilisers in widely used cosmetic products such as lip gloss, creams, shampoo, shower gel, and toothpaste are one of the many sources of environmental pollution and marine litter. Bio-On has developed microbeads that are bio-based and [...]

22 June 2016|

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