European Bioplastics report: The end of the oil age and rise of bioplastics
With 420 attendees, the 6th European Bioplastics conference in Berlin could rightly be termed a major success. This year, more than 80% of the participants came from Europe, 10% from Asia, and the better part of the remaining 10% from North and South America. Established players ranging from BASF, DSM, PolyOne, NatureWorks and Dow to Novamont, BioAmber and the World Wide Fund for Nature offered insights and information on new materials, environmental aspects and strategic market development.
World demand for bioplastics to triple by 2015
Global demand for biodegradable and bio-based plastics will more than triple to more than 1 million metric tons in 2015, valued at $2.9 billion, according to a new market study.
Gains will be fueled by rising petroleum prices, consumer preferences for sustainable materials, improved performance of bioplastics, and the introduction of commodity plastics produced from bio-based sources.
Researchers Make Biodegradable Plastic Bottles From Olive Skins
Soon you may be able to buy olive oil in bioplastic bottles made from a compound found in olive skins, thanks to the work of a Spanish researcher.
Jesús Zorrilla has found a way to extract PHAs (poly-hydroxy-alcanoates) from the residues of olive skins, which in turn can be used to make plastic containers that are non-toxic and 100 percent biodegradable