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Member portrait: Microtec SRL

2021-03-31T15:28:44+02:0031 March 2021|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In each issue of the Bioplastics Newsletter, we present some facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Dr. Massimo Veronelli, Global Sales Director of the Green Economy Business Unit at the Sirmax Group, shares some interesting insights on his company.   5 facts about Microtec SRL, Italy  Microtec Srl is a private company, part of the Sirmax Group, based in Italy (Pianiga, Venice), which aims to offer biodegradable [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

2021-03-29T14:45:06+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 [...]

Biokunststoffe erfüllen erfolgreich alle EU-Sicherheitsstandards

2020-10-27T09:24:02+01:0027 October 2020|Tags: , , , , |

Berlin, 27. Oktober 2020 – Produkte aus biobasiertem Kunststoff müssen vor ihrer Marktzulassung in der Europäischen Union (EU) dieselben Testverfahren wie herkömmliche Kunststoffprodukte durchlaufen. Ein Gesundheitsrisiko für Verbraucher wird damit ausgeschlossen. Kunststoffe, die als biologisch abbaubar beziehungsweise kompostierbar zertifiziert werden sollen, müssen sich zusätzlichen Tests unterziehen. “Produkte aus Biokunststoff absolvieren damit sogar mehr Testverfahren [...]

Essential Requirements for Packaging should consider benefits of bioplastics

2020-08-31T16:36:38+02:0031 August 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Commission (EC) is currently revising the Essential Requirements for Packaging as part of the amendment of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD). They relate to the manufacturing and composition of packaging, its reusable and recoverable nature as well as to the minimization of hazardous materials. These requirements, and the associated [...]

Bioplastics Week 2020 successfully drives digital conversation

2020-08-31T15:15:05+02:0031 August 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

It was already for the sixth time that the annual Bioplastics Week opened its virtual gates. During 17 and 21 August 2020, the social media campaign aimed at increasing visibility for bioplastics by driving digital conversations. The activities were coordinated by the Plastics Industry Association’s (PLASTICS) Bioplastic Division. The campaign used social media posts [...]

Study shows benefit of using compostable biowaste bags for quality of compost

2020-07-01T09:37:24+02:0030 June 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The Witzenhausen Institute and the University of Bayreuth conducted a very interesting study, analysing the compost of several German industrial composting facilities for possible plastic content deriving from compostable biowaste bags. The field study concluded that compostable bags, certified according to the European standard EN 13432, do not pose any challenges to the quality of the compost. During the research project, the results of which were published in the May edition (05/2020, in German) of the German trade magazine „Müll und Abfall“, the scientists analysed a total of 30 samples and [...]

EU study lacks acknowledging benefits of compostable packaging

2020-05-29T13:53:35+02:0029 May 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the course of implementing the European Strategy for Plastics, so far, the European Commission (EC) initiated a remarkable number of research studies. The recently published study on the ‘Relevance of biodegradable and compostable plastic products in a circular economy’ ranks amongst the most important ones for the bioplastics industry. It aims at contributing [...]

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