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United Nations recognise bioplastics as sustainable alternative to conventional plastics

2022-01-28T14:18:18+01:0028 January 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In modern agriculture you can find a great number of plastic products that help improving the efficiency and, thus, the yield of the cultivated product. However, due to certain conditions that accompany many agricultural procedures, a not-negligible share of plastic remains in the soil. Especially in areas of intensive agriculture, significant amounts of microplastic [...]

Spanish study: compostable bioplastics fully biodegrade during industrial composting process and, thus, don’t generate microplastics

2022-01-28T14:18:07+01:0028 January 2022|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A recently conducted study which focused on the identification and quantification of microplastics in final refined compost found no remains of used EN 13432 certified industrial compostable bioplastics. If correctly composted, their use does not contribute to the increase of microplastic pollution.  Microplastics and their potential environmental and health impacts have been of growing concern in recent years. Compost produced from separately [...]

United Nations recommends bioplastics as a sustainable alternative to conventional plastics

2021-12-13T21:09:37+01:0013 December 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 14 December 2021 – Last week the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) published a report assessing the sustainability of agricultural plastic products[1] recommending the replacement of non-biodegradable, conventional polymers with biodegradable, bio-based polymers. “We welcome this recognition of the environmental benefits of these bioplastic products”, commented François de Bie, [...]

Biodegradable or not biodegradable, that is the question

2021-06-28T11:32:02+02:0028 June 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Constance Ißbrücker, Head of Environmental Affairs at European Bioplastics e.V. The Single-use Plastics Directive (SUPD) coming into effect on 3 July 2021 will not only ban several plastic applications, such as cutlery, plates or drinking straws from the market. It will also prohibit all products made from so-called oxo-degradable plastics. The Directive [...]

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. [...]

EU Commission report confirms role of biodegradable plastics within a circular economy

2021-10-08T10:38:55+02:0018 December 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This year has already seen quite an impressive number of studies, reports, and additional publications related to bioplastics that were published by the European Commission (EC). Most of them contribute to the development of a framework for bioplastics included in the EC’s Circular Economy Action Plan. For the bioplastics industry, a clear framework is [...]

Commission’s SAM report confirms role of biodegradable plastics within a circular economy

2021-08-02T13:45:09+02:0017 December 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 17 December 2020 – This week the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) published a report, entitled “Biodegradability of plastics in the open environment”. The report identifies applications of biodegradable polymers which contribute towards achieving a circular economy and tackle the challenge of managing the EU’s waste.  “We are pleased to see that [...]

Bioplastics successfully meet all EU safety standards

2020-11-05T16:36:21+01:0029 October 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 29 October 2020 - Products made from bio-based plastics must undergo the same testing procedures as conventional plastic products to access the market of the European Union (EU). Thereby a health risk for consumers is excluded. Plastics intended to be certified as biodegradable or compostable must undergo additional tests. "Products made of bioplastics [...]

Biased interpretation of EEA study on biodegradable and compostable plastics draws wrong image of immature consumer

2020-09-30T16:50:08+02:0030 September 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Environment Agency (EEA) recently published its new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities”. The report highlights many positive aspects of biodegradable and compostable plastics. Unfortunately, its interpretation in several media outlets focused exclusively on the few critical assumptions the report makes regarding consumer perception. This resulted in a distorted [...]

European Bioplastics criticises biased interpretation of EEA study on biodegradable and compostable plastics: consumers do understand value and proper end-of-life of compostable plastics

2020-10-27T09:13:44+01:009 September 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 9 September 2020 – In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlights the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets [...]

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