Many unknowns about biodegradable plastics

New scientific review points out shortcomings in biodegradability standards for plastics; lack of toxicity testing; no account for effects of plastic additives, microplastics formation

What chemicals are in plastic packaging?

Research project on hazardous chemicals in plastic packaging identifies substances most hazardous for human health and environment; many knowledge gaps remain; first results presented at SETAC Europe

EU Parliament’s draft resolution on plastics

EU Parliament’s Environment Committee publishes draft resolution on EU strategy for plastics in circular economy; deadline for tabling amendments May 3, 2018

PEF production expected by 2023-2024

Company Synvina plans to operate commercial reference plant to produce FDCA, main building block for PEF, by 2023-2024

New material and packaging solutions for a circular economy

Ellen MacArthur Foundation reveals all winners of New Plastics Economy Innovations Prize; 11 innovators awarded for new recyclable and compostable material and packaging solutions

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

Hazardous Chemicals in Plastic Packaging (HCPP) Project

The Food Packaging Forum 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.