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Biowaste management remains untapped potential for the European Union

2020-07-01T09:47:46+02:0030 June 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A report recently published by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) shows that with only 16% of the biowaste potential being used, the biowaste management still remains an untapped potential for the European Union to further transition to a Circular Economy. Both organizations jointly produced a first-of-its-kind report estimating the [...]

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 [...]

Study by Wageningen University shows compostable plastics break down in less than 22 days in real life industrial composting

2020-03-24T15:42:58+01:0024 March 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

A recent study by Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands, analysed the fate of compostable packaging products in a Dutch full-scale industrial organic waste treatment facility. The independent research results confirm what producers of biodegradable and compostable plastics have been saying for a long time. The different tested EN13432 certified products broke down within [...]

EUBP raises concerns over biased EASAC report on bio-based and biodegradable plastics

2020-03-18T17:39:56+01:0018 March 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 18 March 2020 – “If we wanted to condense the gist of the report, we could say that EASAC discourages all the innovations that appear in the industrial sector currently dominated by fossil-based plastics”, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP) in response to the report ‘Packaging plastic in the circular [...]

Compostable plastics break down in less than 22 days in real life industrial composting

2020-03-13T10:07:33+01:0019 February 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 20 February 2020 – A recent study by Wageningen University & Research (WUR), Netherlands, analysed the fate of compostable packaging products in a full- scale industrial organic waste treatment facility. The results show that the tested EN13432 certified products break down within a maximum of 22 days. The project was commissioned by the [...]

Why it is so important to differentiate between fossil-based conventional plastics, the use of bio-based feedstock and the property of biodegradability?

2020-01-31T14:04:22+01:0031 January 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

There is no doubt: we use too much plastic, and the plastic waste, which is littered in the environment, on land, or in the seas, has a negative impact on nature and all living beings. Therefore, the bioplastics industry not only agrees, but also actively supports the demand for a major change in our [...]

French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) published positive opinion on bioplastic bags

2019-11-29T13:35:52+01:0029 November 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In many EU Member States the political process that led to the Single-use Plastics Directive has initiated dynamic debates around bioplastics. This is also the case in France, where the national parliament is currently discussing a draft law on anti-waste and circular economy. Amongst other possible instruments, the draft also includes restrictions against plastic bags.However, [...]

New German Packaging Law: European Bioplastics demands complete implementation

2019-10-31T14:12:50+01:0031 October 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Bioplastics are a key driver for new developments in the plastic industry. The innovative materials play a key role in the transition to a circular economy, where fossil raw materials are substituted by renewable resources, and resource efficiency is at the forefront. The new German Packaging Law (VerpackG), which only came into effect in [...]

EUBP proposes criteria and product examples for preferable use of compostable plastics

2019-09-26T19:32:44+02:0026 September 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Commission launched an initiative regarding a study on the ‘Relevance of biodegradable and compostable plastics in a circular economy'[1]. European Bioplastics welcomes the initiative, as scepticism amongst stakeholders towards the relevance of biodegradable certified compostable plastics usually stems from a vague notion about their characteristics (please also see corresponding EUBP press release [...]

Study aims to understand the biodegradation of individual polymers and their blends in managed and unmanaged environments

2019-06-27T14:11:54+02:0027 June 2019|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

(c) American Chemical Society Biodegradable polymers are often promoted as an environmental solution to plastic pollution. However, their degradation in managed and unmanaged environments is not always well understood. The authors of the study “Biodegradable plastic blends create new possibilities for end-of-life management of plastics but they are not a panacea for [...]