Study investigates pace of bioplastic innovation

Clarivate report finds bioplastics still in early developmental stage, volume of filed patents increasing at same rate as other sectors; research focus being placed on improving mechanical properties to compete with petrochemical-based plastics

Interactive webinar on bio-based recyclable packaging

REFUCOAT project to hold two-day online event to present and discuss results and learnings; research aims to develop active coatings in films and trays as alternatives to non-renewable packaging materials; registration free and open

EASAC report on plastic packaging and circular economy

European Academies’ Science Advisory Council provides seven recommendations to EU policymakers for transitioning to circular economy; include banning plastic waste exports, extending producer responsibility, ‘end misleading about bio-based alternatives’, limiting additives and resins

Challenges of biobased plastics for food packaging

Law firm Keller and Heckman LLP publish overview article introducing biobased plastics, discuss definitions, developments, recycling challenges, and applicable legislation

European Bioplastics comments on Green Deal

Industry association wants stronger links to bioeconomy within European Green Deal, outlines seven recommendations to enhance circular economy action plan

Survey quantifies consumer perceptions by packaging types

2019 EcoFocus Trends Survey finds consumers perceive glass and paper-based packaging as most healthy and eco-friendly, 64% of millennials willing to pay for eco-friendly products

AIMPLAS 7th Biopolymers and Sustainable Composites Seminar

Plastic research and technology center hosts event to bring together entire value chain of biopolymers and sustainable composites; focus to be placed on political frameworks for the bioeconomy and circular economy model; registration open

P&P conference 2019: Industry perspectives on FCMs

Recycling, biobased polymers, NIAS among the important topics discussed at Smithers Pira’s conference on plastics and paper in contact with food

UK publishes report on bio-based FCMs

Report reviews published scientific and grey literature for existing materials marketed for food contact; expects current risk assessment methods to be appropriate or adaptable, notes limited existing research on materials made from agri-food by-products and their potential risks

Initiative for a circular bio-based Europe

EU Commission publishes roadmap outlining proposed initiative for developing research partnerships; aims to drive innovation, value creation from waste and biomass; open for public comment until August 27, 2019