Bioplastics Bulletin

The benefits of separate organic waste collection

Since January 2015, separate collection of organic waste is mandatory in Germany. The implementation, however, has been rather slow, and not all municipalities provide separate biowaste collection schemes yet. The German association for compostable products ‘Verbund kompostierbare Produkte e.V.’ therefore recently called for municipalities to implement the separate collection of biowaste and support the use of compostable biowaste bags for the collection of organic waste in households. Even though the use of these bags is explicitly allowed in the German Organic Waste Regulation, many waste companies and municipalities are hesitant to accept these solutions. A quick glance at Italy, [...]

15 March 2016|

Member portrait: ISCC System GmbH

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director of ISCC Systems GmbH shares some information about his certification system. Dr Norbert Schmitz, Managing Director ISCC System GmbH 5 facts about ISCC System GmbH (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification), Cologne ISCC is a globally leading certification system covering the entire supply chain and all kinds of bio-based feedstock and renewables. It enables system users to access different market segments with one certificate, such as the chemical, food, feed and bioenergy market. [...]

15 March 2016|

New products and innovations

Certified bio-based and compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems Original Food GmbH presented a certified compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems at Biofach 2016 trade fair earlier in February. With the launch of the capsule, the producer of the renowned Kaffa wild coffee underlines its commitment in environmental protection and sustainability, including the entire production chain from the origins of the coffee in Ethiopia to the waste treatment. The entire capsule, including the cover, is bio-based, free of aluminium, and compostable according to the European standard for industrial composting EN13432. Within 12 weeks, more than 90 percent of the [...]

15 March 2016|

In Brief – March 2016

Tetra Pak to deliver 100m plant-based packs in 2016: Tetra Pak has announced that they expect to deliver more than 100 million of their Tetra Rex Bio-based to customers during 2016. It is the world’s first package made entirely from plant-based materials. When launched in 2015, it immediately became a success and is now widely used across Scandinavia with brands such as Arla. The company will continue to expand the deployment of their pack to a greater variety of products. Corbion to open new PLA plant in 2018: Following strong customer interest in PLA, Corbion intends to construct [...]

15 March 2016|

Commission’s Circular Economy Proposal leaves room for more ambitious actions on bio-industries such as bioplastics

On 2 December 2015, the European Commission (EC) published the long awaited new Circular Economy Proposal. European Bioplastics (EUBP) welcomes the EC’s proposal and is looking forward to contributing to the debate on how renewable and biodegradable materials can best fit into this vision. "The proposal is an important step towards closing the carbon loop in Europe”, says François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP. The Communication ‘Closing the loop - An EU action plan for the Circular Economy’ acknowledges that ‘bio-based materials present advantages due to their renewability, biodegradability and compostability'. The carbon loop, in which bioplastics play a [...]

15 December 2015|

Big success: 10th European Bioplastics Conference attracts more than 350 experts from around the world

The 10th European Bioplastics Conference took place on 5/6 November 2015 in Berlin, attracting more than 350 participants from industry, policy, research, and media. In his keynote speech, Mr Reinhard Büscher, Head of Unit Chemicals, DG GROWTH at the European Commission, stressed the necessity to promote biobased products in the European Union in order to unlock Europe’s potential for a resource-efficient economy: “We need clear, harmonised standards that define the thresholds for sustainability and facilitate high-quality recycling, which is key to create a strong biobased circular economy.” François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP), highlighted the achievements and [...]

15 December 2015|

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