Bioplastics Bulletin

EU takes action against oxo-degradable plastics

The European Commission has recommended EU-wide measures be taken against so-called ‘oxo-degradable‘ plastics. In a report published earlier this month, the Commission said that "a process to restrict the use of oxo-plastics in the EU will be started". European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association of the bioplastics industry in Europe, strongly welcomes this clear commitment to take action. “EUBP has long been warning about the harmful effects of oxo-degradable plastics on the environment as well as the potential damage to the reputation and understanding of truly biodegradable plastics. Several cases of greenwashing and false claims have been reported over the [...]

29 January 2018|

Europe to ramp up funding for bio-based plastics

The European Commission will increase the funding for research and development of innovative bio-based plastics and to further improve plastic recycling. During the press conference on the European Strategy on Plastics earlier this month, the Commission’s Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: “we are also ready to finance or increase financing for new innovations in recyclability and new oil-free raw materials. Horizon 2020 has already allocated 250 million Euros for this kind of innovative work, and we have decided to increase the ceiling with additional 100 million by 2020.“ Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission ©European Union, 2018, Source: [...]

29 January 2018|

Member portrait: SPHERE

Jean-Marc Nony, Sustainable Development Director, SPHERE In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Jean-Marc Nony, Sustainable Development Director at SPHERE, shares some information on the French family group and leading European manufacturer of household packaging and bioplastic bags. 5 facts about SPHERE, FRANCE Founded in 1976, SPHERE is the leading European manufacturer of household packaging, records sales revenue of over 500 million euros and has a workforce of 1300. It develops, produces, markets and distributes: bin liners, fruit and vegetable bags, reusable bags, freezer bags, [...]

29 January 2018|

New circular, compostable packaging materials awarded with $1m Innovation Prize

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation announced the winners of its $1 million Circular Materials Challenge at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The winners will join a 12-month accelerator programme working with experts to make their innovations marketable at scale. Among the winners are a number of innovative biopolymers and applications for bioplastics, including EUBP member Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC). The team around Dr Sabine Amberg-Schwab, Head of Functional Coatings Department at Fraunhofer ISC, developed a coating with silicate and biopolymers that can be used in many different food packaging applications protecting food against premature degradation and is [...]

29 January 2018|

Bio-based food packaging through the eyes of the consumer

Companies in the food sector are increasingly looking for alternatives to conventional plastic packaging to reduce their CO2 footprint and are switching to packaging solutions made from renewable raw materials. A team at Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands is studying the perceptions of bio-based packaging among consumers and aims to give manufacturers and retailers advise on making well-founded, sustainable packaging choices. Bio-based content preferred The researchers found that many manufacturers and retailers currently choose drop-in bio-based packaging, which is chemically identical to the traditional packaging but made from renewable raw materials instead of petroleum. Their research also [...]

29 January 2018|

In brief (January 2018)

Non-biodegradable cotton buds prohibited in Italy from 2019: Italy will be the first country to ban non-biodegradable plastic cotton buds as of 2019. The Italian parliament adopted a proposal on 19 December 2017 to only allow the production and sale of cotton buds that are biodegradable and compostable according to the European standard EN 13432 for industrial composting. The new regulations also require providing clear information on the packaging on the correct disposal of the sticks, explicitly mentioning the ban on throwing them into toilets or drains. In 2018, the Italian government will launch an information campaign to educate [...]

29 January 2018|

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