What’s new in bioplastics?

12th annual European Bioplastics conference discusses food brand owners’ use of bioplastics, biodegradable solutions for multilayer food packaging, and production of new polymer PEF

Call to ban oxo-degradable plastics

Statement from Ellen MacArthur Foundation calls for global ban on oxo-degradable plastic packaging; signatories include major businesses, trade associations, NGOs, scientists and government representatives

Degradable plastics and recycling

Plastics Recyclers Europe and European Bioplastics address impacts of degradable plastics on quality of recycled film; call for separate collection

FPF kicks off new research project

MAVA Foundation funds FPF-led research project; focus on human and environmental health, socio-economic impact and substitution of hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging; multi-partner collaboration involving academics and NGOs from Europe, US

Research project

FPF is leading a multi-partner research project on “Hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging: State of the art, prioritization, and assessment.” The project runs from 2017 until 2019.

Coffee cups made from husk

Australian start-up creates reusable coffee cups from husk waste accumulating during coffee processing; cups intended for café and home environments as alternative to ceramics and single-use disposable cups

European Bioplastics Conference 2017

Industry group European Bioplastics hosts annual conference on November 28-29, 2017 in Berlin, Germany

Plastic bottles made from orange peel

Spanish industry-academia project aims to extract chemical building blocks from country’s orange peel waste for making bioplastic juice bottles

Competitive advantages of sustainable packaging

Opinion article highlights growing demand for sustainable packaging and opportunities for consumer packaged goods industry

Costa Rica to ban single-use plastics

Costa Rican government commits to eliminating single-use plastic items by 2021; intends to promote biodegradable, water-soluble, and renewable materials