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Member portrait: KIK Compounds SRL

2021-04-30T11:15:26+02:0030 April 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Newsletter, we present some facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Germano Craia, Chief Executive Office of KIK Compounds SRL, shares some interesting insights on his company. 5 facts about KIK Compounds SRL, Romania KIK Compounds was founded in 2016, with the mission to revolutionize the [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

“Certified compostable organic waste bags improve quality of organic waste” experts confirm, contradicting recent misleading media reports on organic waste collection

2021-04-29T17:24:52+02:0029 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Contrary to popular belief, certified, industrial compostable organic waste bags neither bear harm for soil or human health, nor do they contribute to the problem of microplastics, as experts underline. On the contrary, they convey chances for a higher quality and quantity of collected organic waste. Read in the following a guest commentary by the Verbund kompostierbare Produkte e.V. (Association for Compostable Products / “Verbund”).  For many years now, the [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

News from the members: January 2021

2021-01-29T16:20:26+01:0029 January 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Corbion to expand lactic acid production capacity in North America Recently, Corbion announced that it is planning to expand its lactic acid capacity at its manufacturing facility in Blair, Nebraska by around 40%. Lactic acid can be used for the production of polylactic acid (PLA). The demand for PLA on the markets remains high, [...]

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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