New research institute for packaging

Nestlé launches Institute of Packaging Sciences to advance development of ‘functional, safe and environmentally friendly’ food packaging

EU bioeconomy strategy

EU Commission publishes updated strategy for developing ‘sustainable and circular bioeconomy’ in Europe

European Bioplastics conference 2018

Industry group European Bioplastics hosts annual conference on December 4-5, 2018, in Berlin, Germany

Germany to promote bioplastic packaging

German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture calls for projects to develop new bio-based plastic food packaging; project proposals can be submitted until January 31 and March 31, 2019

EU Parliament supports plastics strategy

European Parliament votes to approve Commission’s plastics strategy, adopts resolution on hazardous chemicals and recycling

Soil microbes eat biodegradable plastic

Swiss and Austrian researchers show that soil microorganisms fully metabolize biodegradable polymer polybutylene adipate terephthalate; European Bioplastics deems doubts about biodegradable plastics clarified

Renewable carbon for sustainable chemical industry

Position paper by nova-Institute highlights why chemical and plastics industry should switch to renewable carbon sources and illustrates how this could be achieved

Opinion: Unlearn how to waste plastics

Article by Environmental Health News discusses increasing challenge of plastic waste driven by economic pressure and growth; recycling and bioplastics deemed ‘simple solutions’ incapable of meeting problem’s scale

EU environment committee votes on plastics strategy

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee supports EU Commission’s overall plans for plastics in circular economy, suggests further measures on microplastics, single-use plastics, hazardous chemicals

UK retailer to phase out non-recyclable plastics by 2019

UK supermarket chain Tesco aims to ban non-recyclable plastic packaging by 2019, move towards closed loop system