Bioplastics Bulletin

News In Brief – March 2018

The Netherlands to ban oxo-degradable plastics: After France and Spain implemented actions in 2017 to limit the production, distribution, sale, provision and utilization of packaging or bags made from oxo-degradable plastics – conventional plastics that falsely claim to biodegrade – the Netherlands now, too, announced plans for a complete ban of oxo-degradable plastics. "A ban on oxo-plastics that fall apart into microplastics is an important step in the fight against pollution," said Suzanne Kröger, Member of the Dutch Parliament and GroenLink, the party that submitted the proposal in the Lower House. The announcement followed a report by the European [...]

22 March 2018|

Call for Papers – 13th European Bioplastics Conference

European Bioplastics (EUBP) now invites proposals for the 13th European Bioplastics Conference taking place on 4/5 December 2018 at the Titanic Chaussee Hotel in Berlin, Germany. This year’s conference will focus on advanced innovations in bioplastics as well as on environmental aspects and opportunities for growth. Experts are invited to submit proposals for a presentation on the following topics: bio-based and/or biodegradable polymers – latest material and process innovations, packaging innovations, especially food contact solutions, additives for biopolymers, mechanical recycling of bioplastics, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of bioplastics, new (durable) applications introduced in 2018, sneak preview 2019 – product [...]

22 March 2018|

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture published

Last October, the European Parliament voted in favour of the use of biodegradable mulch films in the revision of the EU Fertilisers Regulation. Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the EU market for many years, meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as help to increase yield, improve the quality of crops, enhance weed control, and reduce 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. In order to harmonise [...]

28 February 2018|

How much land do we really need to produce bio-based plastics?

Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs, EUBP The consequences of climate change and the finite nature of fossil resources constitute two broadly acknowledged challenges for society in the decades to come. Bioplastics, which are derived fully or at least in part from renewable resources, have the unique advantage over conventional plastics to reduce the dependency on non-renewable feedstock such as crude oil and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, the use of biomass to produce bio-based plastics raises questions about a potential competition with food and feed. But how much land do we really need to produce [...]

28 February 2018|

Member portrait: Synvina

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Patrick Schiffers, CEO of Synvina, shares some information on the joint venture between BASF and Avantium with the aim to become the market leader in FDCA and PEF. Patrick Schiffers, CEO, Synvina 5 facts about Synvina, the Netherlands Synvina, the Joint Venture of Avantium and BASF, was founded in 2016 and is located in Amsterdam/The Netherlands. Operating a pilot plant in Geleen, the Netherlands, Synvina produces and markets furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from renewable resources on pilot plant scale [...]

28 February 2018|

News in brief – February 2018

PHA from sewage sludge enters demonstration phase: The Phario project produces PHA at the biological sewage treatment plant in Bath, the Netherlands, which is run by the Brabantse Delta water board. The processes required for purifying sewage water breeds bacteria that can produce 0.47 grams of PHA per gram of organic matter in the sludge, and in 2015, the project reported to produce a kilo of PHA a week. The PHA proved to offer superior properties compared to commercially available PHA. The project now enters the next phase, which comprises a demonstration facility that will produce between one and [...]

28 February 2018|

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