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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 [...]

18 Apr, 2017

MEPs agree proposals to cut the EU’s 88m tonnes of annual food waste

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

MEPs have called on the EU to step up its actions on fighting the 88 million tonnes of food wasted in Europe every year, voting in proposals this week that will go to the European Parliament next month. Members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI) unanimously approved the proposals on tackling food [...]

18 Apr, 2017

Bioplastics: end the confusion

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

Bioplastics industry need to give the public more adequately explanation of the difference between biobased and biodegradable The term bioplastics causes much confusion and will continue to do so, according to my conviction. The public does not seem to grasp the difference between bio as in biobased and bio as in biodegradable. [...]

13 Apr, 2017

Compost, degrade, recycle: the truth about plastic bags

By | April 13th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

There is obviously a lot of confusion around the materials plastic shopping bags are made from and the compostability, biodegradability and recyclability of them. A blog published on edie earlier this week underlines just how easy it is to misunderstand this complex issue. Evidently, the association I represent is not doing enough to get [...]

10 Apr, 2017

Innovative materials announced for 2017 bio-based award

By | April 10th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Six materials, including a bioplastic composite paper, a wetsuit made from natural rubber, and packaging and disposable tableware made from up-cycled agricultural residuals have been announced as the finalists for the nova-Institute’s ‘Bio-Based Material of the Year 2017’ award. The competition rewards innovation and development in the bio-based material industry, focusing on applications [...]

10 Apr, 2017

Belfast Council bans food waste to landfill

By | April 10th, 2017|News from the web|0 Comments

Belfast County Council has announced plans to ban food waste to landfill in a move that could save £800,000 a year. The new measures aim to reduce the amount of food waste put into black bins, which inevitably ends up in landfill. According to the reports in Belfast Live, a six month transition [...]