Posts including "circular economy":

Implementation of the Single-use Plastics Directive or how to create a legislative hotchpotch

2021-10-08T10:38:55+02:0030 September 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Source: European Commission Read in the following an article by Katharina Hinse, Environmental Affairs Manager at European Bioplastics (EUBP).   I thought plastic straws, plastic cutlery, and EPS take-away boxes were banned this summer. So why do I still find them everywhere? Well, as always, it’s complicated: Even though the Directive (EU 2019/904) [...]

Single Use Plastics and Compostable Biopolymers – The India Story

2021-09-01T12:54:19+02:0031 August 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Vikram Bhanushali, President of the Indian Compostable Polymer Association (ICPA) Read in the following a guest article by Vikram Bhanushali, President of our partner association, the Indian Compostable Polymer Association (ICPA).  India’s single use plastics (SUP) packaging growth is on an exponential trajectory. Reports estimate the packaging consumption in India has doubled in the past [...]

Member portrait: NatureWorks

2021-10-07T10:56:07+02:0031 August 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Member portrait: NatureWorks  In each issue of the Bioplastics Newsletter, we present some facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Leah Ford, Global Marketing & Communications Manager of NatureWorks, shares some interesting insights on her company.  5 facts about NatureWorks, USA  NatureWorks is an advanced materials company offering a broad portfolio of renewably sourced polymers and chemicals. With performance and economics that [...]

News from the members: July/August 2021

2021-08-31T15:36:11+02:0031 August 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

AIMPLAS project to boost sustainability in the Valencia Region  The deadline set by the European Union and Spain to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions is 2050. This highly ambitious goal, in addition to the very short time frame, has greatly impacted the number of projects implemented to revert this emergency climate situation through the [...]

BioSupPack project will develop innovative bioplastic packaging from brewery by-products

2021-06-28T11:31:05+02:0028 June 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

BioSupPack project supported by EUBP The EU-funded BioSupPack project, supported by European Bioplastics (EUBP), is geared towards contributing to the European bio-based circular economy by developing polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-based packaging solutions derived from residues. It is a viable recycling process for these bio-based plastic materials to make sure resources stay in the loop. [...]

If there is no biodegradability, there is also no gravity 

2021-05-31T15:43:24+02:0031 May 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Francesco Degli Innocenti, EUBP Working Group Standardisation The development of a framework for bio-based and biodegradable/compostable plastics is a key deliverable of the new Circular Economy Action Plan, which was published by the European Commission in March 2020. Several studies have been launched and published since then to lay down the scientific basis [...]

The Fantastic Bioplastic Finder supports industry’s transition to a circular economy

2021-05-31T10:51:14+02:0031 May 2021|Tags: , , , , , |

Fantastic Bioplastic Finder by Circuteria Read in the following a guest article by the Berlin-based start-up Circuteria.  In the consumer products industry, there still remains a lack of information and understanding in regard to sustainability. Many manufacturers want to produce more sustainable products with biopolymers but often do not know what materials to use. The [...]

Is “bio” the way forward?

2021-04-30T14:12:08+02:0030 April 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Read in the following a guest contribution by BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE (BPE) introducing the European research project coordinated by the Hamburg University of Applied Science. For the EU Horizon 2020-funded project BIO-PLASTICS EUROPE “bio” is indeed the way forward. With 22 partners from 13 countries, the project represents both, the research and the industry sector. [...]

Using LCA to compare bio-based and fossil-based plastics is not that simple

2021-03-30T11:08:12+02:0030 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics e.V. Life cycle assessment (LCA) has evolved to be the preferred tool to assess the environmental sustainability of certain products and materials. Recently it has also been used with great enthusiasm to compare bio-based with fossil-based plastics. It seems to be an easy instrument to draw [...]

The role of compostable plastics within the circular economy

2021-03-17T13:40:37+01:0017 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 3 March 2021, the EUBP webinar “Organic recycling within the circular economy: the role of compostable plastics” explored the contribution of biodegradable and compostable plastics to help the EU to meet its organic waste recovery targets by the end of 2023. In order to establish a truly circular economy, the EU needs to capture this untapped potential by collecting and organically recycling this waste into high value compost for soil enrichment.   In her welcome statement, our host MEP [...]

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