Posts including "fossil-based":

How bioplastics can contribute to the sustainability of food contact materials

2023-01-27T14:45:56+01:0027 January 2023|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Commission is currently revising the EU’s rules on food contact materials (FCMs), particularly in light of its recent initiatives on Single Use Plastics, Sustainable Products, and the revision of the rules on packaging and packaging waste. In order to meet the EU’s ambitious environmental objectives, the Commission should introduce specific rules to [...]

News from the members: November 2022

2022-12-01T17:34:52+01:001 December 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Compostables could help fight plastic pollution A recently conducted survey commissioned by TIPA, a manufacturer of compostable packaging solutions headquartered in Israel, and conducted by YouGov has revealed that a large majority of UK adults favour the implementation of a collection system for all recyclable or compostable packaging from households across the UK. The [...]

Draft revision proposal of PPWD: bioplastics industry sends incendiary letter to Commission Presidency regarding devastating consequences for the sector

2022-11-25T10:49:38+01:0025 November 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The recently published leak of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) revision proposal sent a shock wave to the affected industries within Europe and beyond. The bioplastics industry finds itself confronted with a factual ban on most compostable plastics packaging. The ban has the potential to shut down wide sections of the industry concerned [...]

A successful European Green Deal needs a strong bioeconomy

2022-10-31T13:53:54+01:0031 October 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The big picture, as formulated in the European Green Deal, is quite clear: Europe needs to become a more sustainable, resilient, and competitive economy. The bioeconomy has a huge potential to contribute to the Green Deal transition as it encompasses all sectors involving the use of renewable resources, without comprising biodiversity goals. It is [...]

How compostable plastics contribute to soil health

2022-10-31T13:53:26+01:0031 October 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Soil is an essential non-renewable resource that plays a central role in our lives by providing healthy foods and sustainable materials for a growing world population. In order to specify the conditions for a healthy soil and soil restoration, the European Commission (EC) is currently developing a new EU law on soil health. European [...]

News in brief: October 2022

2022-10-31T13:38:56+01:0031 October 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Australian researchers discover seaweed solution as PFAS alternative for fast-food packaging Flinders University materials researchers in Australia and One-Five, a German biomaterials developer, are using seaweed extracts to develop biopolymer coating materials to replace current foodservice packaging. The biomaterials are designed to replace conventional fossil-based plastic coatings used in grease-resistant quick service restaurant (QRS) packaging. The [...]

Transition to climate neutrality needs accurate accounting for biogenic carbon

2022-09-30T11:26:59+02:0030 September 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Product Environmental Footprint method could become the EU’s guiding approach for environmental impact assessment; to be fit for purpose, it should appraise the carbon footprint of bio-based products.  As the European Commission increasingly plans to rely on the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method as the guiding approach for environmental impact assessment, an accurate [...]

Revision of Waste Framework Directive should promote the use of bio-based and compostable plastics

2022-08-31T11:31:11+02:0031 August 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In January 2022, the European Commission had initiated the revision process of the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD) with a Call for Evidence for an impact assessment of the EU waste management. In summer, the Commission opened the process for the broader public consultation that just recently closed on 24 August. The revision of [...]

How bioplastics can help to make the medical sector more sustainable

2022-08-31T11:26:18+02:0031 August 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics e.V. Bioplastics are nothing new to the medical sector. In fact, it’s one of the sectors where bioplastics have been in use for a very long time because they offer significant benefits in terms of specific properties and functionalities. They also provide opportunities [...]

EU Bioeconomy progress report acknowledges important role of bioplastics within the bioeconomy

2022-06-30T19:43:30+02:0030 June 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,