News in brief – November 2018

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Mater-Biopolymer Novamont reopens Mater-Bioploymer plant in Patrica: Mater-Bi is a company wholly controlled by the Novamont group. Its purpose is the manufacture of ORIGO–BI®, biopolyesters with a high level of renewables, components of MATER-BI® compostable bioplastics. The plant has been regenerated, modified and in some cases wholly renewed to implement innovative technologies [...]

Reduction of single-use plastics needs to tie in with circular economy actions and consumption realities in Europe

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Berlin, 24 October 2018. The European Parliament approved today its report on the draft Directive on Marine Pollution and Single-use Plastics. “European Bioplastics fully supports the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Bioplastics enable more sustainable solutions for a range of products“, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP).“We agree [...]

Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field

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Europe’s bioplastics industry needs a level playing field, writes Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director of European Bioplastics (EUBP) for the Parliament Magazine. Hasso von Pogrell, Managing Director, EUBP Bioplastics are a fast-growing, innovative sector. Many of the world’s leading companies are turning to bioplastics to meet the growing demand for more sustainable [...]

Sustainable feedstock sourcing

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As the market for bioplastics grows, inevitable questions around the sustainability of bio-based products continue to be of relevance to the brands and organisations who are driving this growth. We sat down with Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials, to discuss the key trends in the bioeconomy, the kinds of [...]

Biodegradability of plastics in the marine environment

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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 [...]

Full stereocomplex PLA technology now commercially available from Total Corbion PLA

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Total Corbion PLA, global technology leader in poly lactic acid (PLA), announced the launch of a novel technology that can create full stereocomplex PLA in a broad range of industrial applications. The proprietary technology enables PLA applications to withstand temperatures close to 200°C (HDT-A). The new stereocomplex PLA – a material with long, regularly [...]

New EU waste rules adopted

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On 18 April, the European Parliament approved the package to update the EU waste legislation, including a revision of the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Apart from new ambitious recycling and landfilling targets to boost the re-use of valuable materials in waste, the new legislation also acknowledges that bio-based [...]

Biowaste collection and biodegradable plastics discussed at the Bio-waste Conference in Kassel, Germany

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From 2023 onwards, separate collection of bio-waste will be mandatory across Europe in order to increase the overall amounts of separately collected waste and to help meet the ambitious recycling targets set out in the new EU waste rules. Yet, the separate waste collection systems (including for bio-waste) still vary widely among the 28 [...]

Biodegradable mulch films discussed in workshop hosted by MEP Bogovič

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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 [...]

EUBP’s policy recommendations to integrate bioplastics in the EU Plastics Strategy

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On 16 January 2018, the European Commission published its Communication ‘A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy’. According to the Commission, this proposal is an ambitious step towards making the European plastics system more resource-efficient and drive the change from a linear to a circular system. Bioplastics provide crucial impulses for innovation [...]