Bioplastics Bulletin

Joint statement on the importance of the waste hierarchy in calculating recycling targets

European Bioplastics (EUBP) together with the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC), European Compost Network (ECN), European Environmental Bureau (EEB), Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE), Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP), European Tyre Recycling Association (ETRA), and European Centre of Employers and Enterprises (CEEP) co-signed a joint statement on the importance of the waste hierarchy in calculating recycling targets. The statement comes as a response to plans of the European Council to amend the provisions setting the rules for the measurement of recycling targets in the revision of the Waste Framework Directive, namely the inclusion of co-incineration for cement kilns, biodegradable [...]

27 July 2017|

Scientific view on the plastic bag debate by Fraunhofer UMSICHT

On the occasion of the International Plastic Bag Free Day at the beginning of July, German-based research institute Fraunhofer UMSICHT published a position paper on plastic bags that looks at the pros and cons of the use of plastic bags compared to other alternatives such as paper or cotton bags from a scientific perspective, in order to shed light on the truths and myths surrounding the increasing negative reputation of the plastic bag in Europe and around the globe. In the position paper, the experts from Fraunhofer UMSICHT point out that that plastic bags have received a high symbolic [...]

27 July 2017|

Facts on bio-based plastics made simple

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency and Wageningen University published an info graphic that highlights the main facts and benefits of bio-based plastics. The graphic includes facts about the usage benefits, environmental benefits, feedstocks, properties, recycling, and prices of bio-based plastics and advertises a new labelling system introduced in the Netherlands to help consumers choose the appropriate recycling option for packaging and other products made from bio-based plastics. The info graphic is part of a report by Wageningen UR on “Biobased and biodegradable plastics – Facts and figures’ commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency [...]

27 July 2017|

Member portrait: Organic Waste Systems (OWS)

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Bruno De Wilde, Lab Manager at Organic Waste Systems (OWS), shares some information on the global leader in biodegradability testing, based in Belgium. 5 facts about OWS, Belgium Bruno De Wilde, Lab Manager, OWS Organic Waste Systems (OWS) started in 1988 as spin-off from the University of Gent and has 2 major divisions. One is on engineering of biogasification plants using the DRANCO technology. Worldwide 30 plants have been built. Another division is providing laboratory and consulting [...]

27 July 2017|

News in brief – July 2017

Perstorp Capa™ grades 6500D and 6800D given food contact approval in US: Perstorp has acquired food contact use approval for its Capa™ for Bioplastics product grades 6500D and the new 6800D. Perstorp already has food contact approval in Europe. The new Capa 6800D grade further extends Perstorp’s Capa portfolio. It is a high molecular weight linear polyester derived from caprolactone monomer. Like Capa 6500D, the Capa 6800D variant does not compromise on performance; being just as durable, stable, and easy to process while offering biodegradability. Avantium locates a new pilot biorefinery at Chemie Park Delfzijl in the Netherlands: [...]

27 July 2017|

Recommendations towards the EU Plastics Strategy regarding bioplastics

At the beginning of this year, the European Commission published its EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy. Consultations and discussions around some of the most important issues to be covered by the Strategy on Plastics have already started, showing the complexity of the initiative as well as the need to incorporate the entire value chain from feedstock to waste management. EUBP welcomes the priority the Commission has given to assess how to decarbonise the plastics economy in the Roadmap, and hopes that this will remain a main pillar of the upcoming Strategy on Plastics [...]

29 June 2017|

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