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Booth No. 24: European Bioplastics (DE)

European Bioplastics (EUBP) is the European association representing the interests of the industry along the entire value chain of bioplastics. Its members produce, refine, and distribute bioplastics. With around 70 member companies from Europe and beyond, EUBP serves as both contact platform and catalyst for advancing and highlighting the objectives of the growing bioplastics industry vis-à-vis the European Union.

Today, there is a bioplastic alternative to almost every conventional plastic material and application. Bioplastics have the same properties as conventional plastics and often offer additional advantages and qualities, such as being derived from renewable resources (biobased) or being biodegradable or compostable, and can significantly reduce the impact on our environment. Bioplastics are not a single kind of plastic, but rather a large family of materials that vary considerably from one another. There are three groups in the bioplastics family, each with its own individual characteristics: biobased, biodegradable, or both bio-based and biodegradable.

The environmental advantages and innovation potential of bioplastics are the primary reasons for the dynamic growth of the industry. The latest market data, conduced by European Bioplastics in cooperation with nova-Institute and Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, shows that between 2014 and 2019, global production capacities of bioplastics are expected to grow more than 350 percent to up to 7.8 million tonnes.

Biodegradable/compostable plastics in the marine environment:
Marine litter is one of the main threats to the environment. The largest share of marine litter consists of plastics that originate from a variety of sources, including shipping activities, ineffectively managed landfills, and public littering. The persistence of the majority of these plastics poses the biggest problem to the (marine) environment if not properly disposed of.

In areas where separate biowaste collection exists, compostable biowaste bags can help divert biowaste – including the bags in which it is collected – from landfills, thereby reducing the amount of plastic bags entering into the marine environment in the first place. Yet, biodegradable plastics should not be considered a solution to the problem of marine litter. Littering should never be accepted for any kind of waste, neither on land nor at sea – including all varieties of plastics. Instead, the issue needs to be addressed by educative and informative measures to raise awareness for proper and controlled ways of management, disposal, and (organic) recycling.

Currently, there is no international standard available that appropriately describes the biodegradation of plastics in the marine environment. However, a number of standardization projects are in progress at ISO and ASTM level on how to measure marine biodegradation.  

Contact:

European Bioplastics
Constance Ißbrücker
Environmental Affairs Manager
Marienstr. 19/20
D-10117 Berlin (Germany)
Phone: +49 (0) 30 28482 350
Fax: +49 (0) 30 28482 359
Email: issbruecker@european-bioplastics.org
Web: www.european-bioplastics.org
Twitter: @EUBioplastics
 

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