Entries by Robin Tuckerman

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New Study Confirms The Biodegradability Of Biopolymer Mulch Films

Biodegradation Of Synthetic Polymers In Soils: Tracking carbon into CO2 and microbial biomass Plastic materials are widely used in agricultural applications to achieve food security for the growing world population.  Thin mulch films made of polyethylene are used in agriculture in numerous countries, where they cause extensive soil contamination. The use of biodegradable instead of nonbiodegradable polymers […]

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Bioplastics market data 2017 – Global production capacities of bioplastics 2017-2022

Currently, bioplastics represent about one percent of the about 320 million tonnes of plastic produced annually. But as demand is rising and with more sophisticated biopolymers, applications, and products emerging, the market is continuously growing. Dynamic market growth According to the latest market data compiled by European Bioplastics in cooperation with the research institute nova-Institute, global bioplastics production […]

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How Long Does It Take For Certified Compostable Products Take To Compost?

AORA Demonstration Day Proves ABA Certified Compostable Materials Meet Australian Composting Requirements. The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) and its Members participated at the 2018 Australian Organics Recycling Association (AORA) Annual Conference Demonstration Day Held in Brisbane by putting certified compostable bags and food service ware to the test. Participating ABA members supplied their certified compostable […]

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Australasian Bioplastics Association Applauds Federal Government’s Commitment To 100% Recyclable, Compostable Or Reusable Australian Packaging By 2025

The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) welcomes and applauds the announcement from Federal Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg that by 2025, 100 per cent of Australian packaging to be recyclable, compostable or reusable. Minister Frydenberg has been pushing the plan to ensure packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable, which would eliminate much of household rubbish. […]

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New Report Says Bioplastics Will Outpace The Economy As A Whole

A Plastics Market Watch report released 10 May, entitled Watching: Bioplastics – the Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) reports bioplastics are in a growth cycle stage and will outpace the economy as a whole. New investments and entrants in the sector and new products and manufacturing technologies are projected to make bioplastics more competitive and dynamic. The […]

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Europe To Ramp Up Funding For Bio-based Plastics

Europe to ramp up funding for bio-based plastics The European Commission will increase the funding for research and development of innovative bio-based plastics and to further improve plastic recycling. During the press conference on the European Strategy on Plastics earlier this month, the Commission’s Vice-President Jyrki Katainen said: “we are also ready to finance or […]

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China’s Waste Ban May Just Be An Opportunity

China’s Waste Ban May Just Be An Opportunity From March 1, China is no longer importing certain “foreign garbage” from countries including Australia and New Zealand. China has been the world’s largest importer and recycler of plastic, paper and scrap metal, a decision that has wide-reaching impacts. Up to now China has imported recyclable materials, […]

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Big Brands Embracing Bioplastics

Big Brands Embracing Bioplastics We all love the convenience of easy to buy, easy to use products that fill our supermarkets. Convenience means packaging and that means that there are no escaping plastics in our life. Packaging is the single biggest application of plastic globally with most packaging being disposable, single-use items.  Unfortunately, even though […]

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What Do Consumers Think Of Bio-Based Food Packaging?

What Do Consumers Think Of Bio-Based Food Packaging? Companies in the food sector are looking for alternatives to regular plastic packaging to reduce their CO2 footprint, but can manufacturers and retailers strengthen the brand position of their food products by choosing bio-based food packaging? For food safety reasons, recycled food packaging, with some exceptions, is […]