Bioplastics Bulletin

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|

In Brief (December 2017)

Mazda teams with Mitsubishi Chemical to develop bio-based engineering plastic grade: Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. and Mazda have jointly developed a new grade of Durabio, a bio-derived polycarbonate engineering plastic suitable for molding large cosmetic automotive parts. Durabio is based partially on isosorbide, which in turn is derived from sorbitol, a widely available natural feedstock. Mazda has adopted the material for the front grill of its new CX-5 compact crossover. Previously, French automaker Renault adopted Durabio in the outer mask of the speedometer-tachometer combo used by the new generation Clio. The material’s transparent nature means it is highly colorable, with [...]

18 December 2017|

Member portrait: JinHui ZhaoLong

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong shares some information on one of the leading producers of biodegradable plastics in China. 5 facts about JinHui ZhaoLong, China Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong JinHui ZhaoLong is a leading biodegradable plastic producer in China with its annual 20,000 tons biodegradable polymer (PBAT) capacity and its two well-known brands Ecoworld® and Ecowill®. The products made from these materials are biodegradable and are broken down by microorganisms into CO2, water, and biomass within [...]

18 December 2017|

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