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21 Jul, 2017

The Role of Bioplastics in the New Plastic Economy

By | July 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Bioplastics are shaping our economy as they increase in use and feasibility. Green Dot Bioplastics’ Kevin Ireland explains why there is still vast room for growth. Bioplastics will be a major component in the New Plastic Economy. For plastics to thrive without harmful waste and negative environmental impact, a switch from a linear economy [...]

21 Jul, 2017

Earth is becoming ‘Planet Plastic’

By | July 21st, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

US scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made and put the number at 8.3 billion tonnes. It is an astonishing mass of material that has essentially been created only in the last 65 years or so. The 8.3 billion tonnes is as heavy as 25,000 Empire State Buildings in [...]

3 Jul, 2017

Driving a car made from biodegradable materials

By | July 3rd, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

A car made from biodegradable natural materials has passed road safety tests in the Netherlands. TU Ecomotive, a student team from Eindhoven University of Technology, unveiled LINA earlier this year. The four-seater's lightweight structure is made from sugar beet and flax which takes 20% of the energy used to produce today's aluminium or [...]

12 Jun, 2017

G20 alliance to reduce marine litter

By | June 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

The G20 states have undertaken to reduce the amount of waste in the world’s rivers and wastewater, and thus reduce the level of waste in our oceans. Meeting in Bremen the G20 states have adopted an action plan to address the problem of marine litter. Plastic packaging and other plastic waste account for [...]

12 Jun, 2017

A new UK plant will deliver a unique bioplastic solution derived from biodiesel

By | June 12th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

While bio-plastic product alternatives have been around for over 20 years now, some of these bio-plastics have not yet delivered on the promise of retaining the same packaging qualities as their traditional plastic formulations, while also being capable of biodegrading without a harmful footprint. Many of the more widely used bioplastic solutions derive from [...]

8 Jun, 2017

Asian nations make plastic oceans promise

By | June 8th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Nations responsible for much of the world's ocean plastic pollution have promised to start cleaning up their act. At a UN oceans summit, delegates from China, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines said they would work to keep plastics out of the seas. Some of the promises are not yet formalised and environmentalists [...]

25 May, 2017

Agricultural residue packaging wins Bio-based Material of the Year 2017

By | May 25th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Packaging materials based on upcycled agricultural residues created by German company BIO-LUTIONS have been named ‘Bio-based Material of the Year 2017’ at the 10th International Conference on Bio-Based Materials in Cologne, Germany. Photo: BIO-LUTIONS The award, which recognises innovation in the bio-based economy in products which have been or will be launched in [...]

18 May, 2017

Recycling body criticises Pringles and Lucozade packaging

By | May 18th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Pringles tubes and Lucozade Sport bottles are the "villains" of the recycling world, a trade body has said. The Recycling Association named them in a list of products that pose the biggest challenges for reuse. The greater the number of materials used in packaging, the harder it is for recycling machines to [...]

24 Apr, 2017

Bill: Biomaterial content will be marked on plastic bags in Romania

By | April 24th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Several MPs from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Save Romania Union (USR), and from national minorities have drafted a law that may oblige producers to mark the content of biomaterial on plastic bags. Those that fail to do this will get fines ranging between RON 15,000-25,000 (EUR 3,300-5,500), according to the draft bill [...]

18 Apr, 2017

Finland is taking a leading role in the bioeconomy

By | April 18th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

The Finnish Government has chosen the bioeconomy as a future growth area of the Finnish economy. The national bioeconomy strategy, published in May 2014, sets ambitious growth targets for the future bioeconomy. The bioeconomy is already an important part of Finland’s economy due to our strong biomass processing industries, and the technology industries [...]