Bioplastic materials’ value propositions well reflected in European Parliament’s report on Plastics Strategy

13 September 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

EP report ties in with provisions for feedstock differentiation and use of biodegradable and compostable plastics recently adopted in Waste Directive and Packaging Directive Berlin, 13 September 2018 – The European Parliament’s report on the European Strategy for Plastics adopted today by the plenary testifies to the increasing acknowledgement and endorsement of the value [...]

Biodegradability of plastics in the marine environment

25 June 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the context of the EU Plastics Strategy and the recently published proposal for a Directive on the reduction of single-use plastic products, biodegradable and compostable plastics are increasingly being discussed with regard to their potential to contribute to tackling marine litter. Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics (EUBP), provides some [...]

Directive on the reduction of single-use plastic products remains vague on sustainable alternatives

29 May 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 29 May 2018 – The European Commission presented an ambitious new Directive to tackle marine litter by introducing a number of measures including reduction and restriction of selected single-use plastic products, such as disposable balloon sticks, straws, cutlery, plates, cups and food containers. “The proposal is a meaningful addition to existing legislation and [...]

European Parliament breakfast on biodegradable plastics

31 January 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 25 January 2017, at the crossroads of several important dossiers and initiatives concerning the Circular Economy Package, Margrete Auken, Member of European Parliament, hosted a breakfast debate on ‘Clarifying biodegradable plastics and how to put them to proper use’. MEP Auken welcomed a delegation of the Congress’ of the Philippines Ecology Committee – [...]

Bioplastics an important part of the EU roadmap for the strategy on plastics in a circular economy

27 January 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 27 January 2017 – European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the bioplastics industry along the entire value chain in Europe, welcomes the EU Roadmap for a Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy published yesterday by the European Commission. “An EU Plastics Strategy is needed to drive continued change in the plastics industry [...]

Biodegradable plastics were never designed to be a solution to marine litter

27 June 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Karen Laird, Sustainability Editor at PlasticsToday.com Karen Laird, European/Sustainability Editor, PlasticsToday A report from the United Nations Environment Program, or UNEP, entitled Marine Plastic Debris And Microplastic - Global lessons and research to inspire action and guide policy change recently caused quite a stir in the media – for all the wrong [...]

New products and innovations

22 June 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads for cosmetics developed by Bio-on Bio-On S.p.A., an Italian developer of bio-fermentation technologies for biodegradable materials and industrial applications, has developed a new formulation, called Minerv PHA Bio Cosmetics (type C1), that is designed to make 100% bio-based and biodegradable microbeads suitable for the cosmetics industry. The plastic micro [...]

UNEP Report on Marine Plastic Debris and Microplastics

6 June 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

EUBP stresses importance of improving waste management on land to solve the problem of marine litter Press Statement Berlin, 6 June 2016 – In a recent report on ‘marine plastic debris and microplastics’ published earlier last month, the UNEP describes the sources and effects of plastics and microplastics in the oceans and outlines potential [...]

Waste Management

21 February 2016|Tags: , , , , , |

Waste management and recovery options for bioplastics Bioplastics are suitable for a broad range of end-of-life options, including reuse, mechanical recycling, organic recycling, and energy recovery. The overwhelming part of the bioplastic volume produced today can easily be recycled alongside their conventional counterparts where separate recycling streams for certain [...]

UN report on marine litter assessed bioplastics

15 December 2015|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The UNEP report on 'bioplastics and marine litter' recognises that plastics, which biodegrade on land under favourable conditions, also biodegrade in the marine environment. The report also states, however, that this process is not calculable enough at this point in time, and biodegradable plastics are currently not a solution to marine litter. European Bioplastics [...]