In an article published on May 23, 2017 news provider Plastics News Europe (PNE) informed that Dutch company Synvina C.V. has received interim approval for the recyclability of its bio-based polyethylenefuranoate (PEF, no CAS number available) materials in the European bottle recycling market. The approval was granted by the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP) and applies to a PEF market penetration of up to 2%, PNE reported.

Synvina is a joint venture between chemical companies BASF and Avantium for the production of bio-based furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA, CAS 3238-40-2) as the main building block for PEF (FPF reported). PEF is an alternative to conventional polyethylene terephthalate (PET, CAS 25038-59-9), with improved gas barrier properties and higher mechanical strength. “EPBP confirms that consumers are expected to be able to return or dispose PEF bottles the way they are used to do with PET bottles,” stated Patrick Schiffers, CEO of Synvina. The company further stated that it is working together with recyclers and brand owners towards developing a separate recycling stream for PEF-based bottles to separate them from conventional plastics.

PNE noted that Synvina did not provide a timeline for the commercial production of PEF bottles.

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PNE (May 23, 2017). “Synvina receives interim approval for bio-based PEF recyclability.