Microbes fully metabolize biodegradable plastics

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Berlin, 16 August 2018 - Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) succeeded in an interdisciplinary study to demonstrate that soil microorganisms metabolically utilised the carbon in the PBAT polymer both for energy production and also to build up microbial biomass. The researchers used the biodegradable [...]

Biodegradable mulch films discussed in workshop hosted by MEP Bogovič

22 March 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 21 March 2018, Member of the European Parliament Franc Bogovič (EPP) hosted a breakfast debate on 'Biodegradable mulch films: Reducing environmental impact of plastics in agriculture‘. The aim of the workshop was to provide the EU institutions with scientific information about the technology of biodegradable plastics, in particular their benefits in agricultural applications [...]

New EU standard for biodegradable mulch films in agriculture published

28 February 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Last October, the European Parliament voted in favour of the use of biodegradable mulch films in the revision of the EU Fertilisers Regulation. Biodegradable mulch films have been available on the EU market for many years, meeting a high level of acceptance among European farmers. They play an essential role in modern agriculture as [...]

How much land do we really need to produce bio-based plastics?

28 February 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs, EUBP The consequences of climate change and the finite nature of fossil resources constitute two broadly acknowledged challenges for society in the decades to come. Bioplastics, which are derived fully or at least in part from renewable resources, have the unique advantage over conventional plastics to [...]

EU takes action against oxo-degradable plastics

29 January 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Commission has recommended EU-wide measures be taken against so-called ‘oxo-degradable‘ plastics. In a report published earlier this month, the Commission said that "a process to restrict the use of oxo-plastics in the EU will be started". European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association of the bioplastics industry in Europe, strongly welcomes this clear commitment [...]

Member portrait: JinHui ZhaoLong

18 December 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong shares some information on one of the leading producers of biodegradable plastics in China. 5 facts about JinHui ZhaoLong, China Janice Li, CEO of JinHui ZhaoLong JinHui [...]

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 – [...]

Member portrait: Kaneka Belgium N.V.

31 October 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present 5 facts about a member of European Bioplastics. In this issue, Dr Erwin Lepoudre, Business Manager Biopolymers at the Green Polymer Division at Kaneka Belgium N.V., based in Westerlo-Oevel, Belgium, shares some information about the producer of high-performance polymers. 5 facts about Kaneka Erwin Dr [...]

New products and innovations

15 March 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Certified bio-based and compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems Original Food GmbH presented a certified compostable coffee capsule for Nespresso systems at Biofach 2016 trade fair earlier in February. With the launch of the capsule, the producer of the renowned Kaffa wild coffee underlines its commitment in environmental protection and sustainability, including the entire [...]

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 [...]