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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 [...]

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 [...]

News from the members: November/December 2020

2020-12-18T14:13:31+01:0018 December 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

BASF Launches Circular Economy Program  In a circular economy, the aim is to avoid waste, reuse products and recover resources. "Companies that can provide solutions for the transformation to a circular economy will have a crucial competitive advantage," said Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors and Chief Technology Officer of BASF, speaking about [...]

News in brief: November/December 2020

2020-12-18T14:11:48+01:0018 December 2020|Tags: , , , , , , |

What is the state of the bioplastics market?  The results of European Bioplastics’ (EUBP) annual market data update, presented at the 15th EUBP Conference, project that the global bioplastics market will grow by 36% over the next five years. Global bioplastics production capacity is set to increase from around 2.1 million tonnes in 2020 [...]

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

2020-12-17T15:15:57+01:0017 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 [...]

Member portrait: Sulapac Ltd., Finland

2020-10-30T17:38:46+01:0030 October 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Maija Pohjakallio, Sustainability Director at Sulapac Ltd., Finland In each issue of the Bioplastics Bulletin, we present some facts about a member of European Bioplastics. This month, Maija Pohjakallio, Sustainability Director at Sulapac, shares some interesting insights on her company. 5 facts about Sulapac Ltd., Finland Sulapac® accelerates and inspires the plastic [...]

News from the members: October 2020

2020-10-30T17:38:51+01:0030 October 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

TÜV Austria to be platinum sponsor of 15th European Bioplastics Conference European Bioplastics (EUBP) is happy to announce the TÜV Austria Group as platinum sponsor of our 15th EUBP Conference (30 Nov – 3 Dec 2020), which will be held virtually. Our EUBP member brings safety, quality, innovation, environmental protection and business interests to [...]

Biased interpretation of EEA study on biodegradable and compostable plastics draws wrong image of immature consumer

2020-09-30T16:50:08+02:0030 September 2020|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The European Environment Agency (EEA) recently published its new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities”. The report highlights many positive aspects of biodegradable and compostable plastics. Unfortunately, its interpretation in several media outlets focused exclusively on the few critical assumptions the report makes regarding consumer perception. This resulted in a distorted [...]

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