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December  2018

Dear readers,

We are pleased to share the December issue of the European Bioplastics Bulletin with you, containing the latest news and insights from the bioplastics industry. If you have any questions, comments, or interesting news or topics to share, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Enjoy the read!
Kind regards from the European Bioplastics team


Single-use plastics directive fails to acknowledge potential of biodegradable plastics

The European institutions have reached an agreement on a directive to curb the use of a number of single-use plastic products in the EU, which aims to prevent and reduce marine litter of these products. European Bioplastics (EUBP) fully supports the transition from a linear to a ‘no-leakage’ circular and bio-based economy in Europe.


Controversial assumptions of study by University of Bonn create misleading interpretation of bioplastics’ environmental impact

The recent study “Land use mediated GHG emissions and spillovers from increased consumption of bioplastics” published by the University of Bonn calls into question the contribution of bio-based plastics to climate change mitigation. Although the study describes that fossil-based plastics are responsible for 15 percent of the global CO2 emissions, it fails to acknowledge that bio-based plastics generate proven environmental, economic, and social benefits.


New market data: The positive trend for the bioplastics industry remains stable


The results of the European Bioplastics’ annual market data update confirm a stable growth of the global bioplastics industry. “The global market for bioplastics is predicted to grow by roughly 25 percent over the next five years“, says Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics. 


Record attendance and innovative solutions at the 13th European Bioplastics Conference


The 13th European Bioplastics Conference put bioplastics in the spotlight for over 400 senior executives from across the bioplastics value chain, including brands, policy makers, academia, and NGOs, by meeting the demand for more sustainable, resource-efficient, and functional solutions


Member portrait: POLIFILM

  Member portrait: POLIFILM

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present five facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Mrs Maria Heinze, Project Manager R&D at POLIFILM shares some information on a leading manufacturer of extrusion and protective films.


Indirect additional global warming impacts from processes attributing to direct global warming and example of permafrost melting

Contribution article by Ville Uusitalo, Assistant Professor at the LUT-University (School of Energy Systems, Sustainable Science) and Annamari Enström, Senior Researcher, LCA at Neste Corporation.


News in brief - December 2018

  News in brief - October 2018
  • UK unveils £60 million (US $76.4 million) funding to develop sustainable packaging
  • Total Corbion PLA announces successful start-up of pilot plant in Rayong, Thailand

  • Nestlé creates a research institute to develop sustainable packaging



18-27 January 2019
Berlin, Germany
Internationale Grüne Woche Berlin
21-22 January 2019
Kaindorf, Germany
Humustage 2019
24-27 February 2019
Antwerp, Belgium
World Resources Forum - Closing Loops


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