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News in brief: March 2021

2021-03-31T15:25:59+02:0031 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Polymateria misuses RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols  RecyClass, a cross-industry initiative that offers recyclability certifications and recycled content traceability certification for plastic packaging, informed about a misuse of its RecyClass Recyclability Evaluation Protocols by the British start-up Polymateria. After RecyClass had refused a request by Polymateria, the company commissioned Impact Solutions to carry out a recyclability test for their polyethylene film with biodegradable additive technology called PLM-G. Later, the [...]

EU research project BIOnTop explores protein coatings to enhance barrier properties of bio-based films

2021-03-31T15:17:28+02:0031 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

BIOnTop’s research teams are pursuing various strategies to optimise biopolymers with a specific focus on protein-based coatings. European Bioplastics supports the BIOnTop project as consortium partner.  Most sensitive foods are packaged in multi-layer composite films to ensure sufficient flavour, water vapor, and oxygen barriers to maintain products’ quality and increase its shelf life. However, most of these composite [...]

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 [...]

European Parliament report recognizes potential role of bioplastics in the circular economy

2021-02-26T14:48:33+01:0026 February 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 8 February, the European Parliament adopted its Own Initiative Report on the Circular Economy which recognised the role of bioplastics for the future. Amongst other issues highlighted, the MEPs emphasised the potential role of bio-based and biodegradable and compostable plastics in the circular economy whilst noting that bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics alone will not provide a solution to the environmental concerns related to plastics. [...]

News in brief: February 2021

2021-02-26T14:02:33+01:0026 February 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Algae represent a largely untapped resource in Europe  The European Commission is preparing a comprehensive, cross-sectorial EU algae initiative, aimed at increasing the sustainable production, consumption, and use of algae-based products. Because of its small carbon and environmental footprint, the increased use of algae will help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. [...]

The added value of compostable plastics for the circular economy

2021-01-29T11:59:07+01:0029 January 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For quite some time now, the European Commission (EC) is putting a special focus on biodegradable and compostable polymers when assessing the general role of bioplastics. This becomes obvious when looking at the number of related EU studies and reports that had been published in 2020. The last publication in this regard was the [...]

Member portrait: Avantium

2021-01-29T11:58:10+01:0029 January 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Newsletter, we present some facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Ed De Jong, VP Development at Avantium, shares some interesting insights on his company. 5 facts about Avantium, Netherlands Avantium is a chemical technology company, headquartered in Amsterdam, employing approximately 230 people, with extensive R&D [...]

News in brief: January 2021

2021-01-29T11:55:37+01:0029 January 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Yum China launches plastic reduction and sustainable packaging initiatives Yum, the operator of fast-food chain KFC and restaurant brand Pizza Hut announced new environmentally friendly packaging initiatives that are expected to reduce its amount of non-degradable plastics by approximately 8,000 tonnes annually starting this year. Some of the initiatives include replacing existing plastic packaging [...]

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

2020-12-18T16:11:38+01:0018 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 [...]

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