Guest post: Bioplastics and biodegradable packaging – a more sustainable solution?

The ocean plastics crisis has raised the profile of bioplastics and biodegradable plastics as a solution to the problem. Axion Consulting's Richard McKinlay explores whether this is really the most sustainable way to tackle marine litter. more

15 Jan 2018 11:37 guest blogs

AIMPLAS will test vehicle plastics for VOC's after approval of its testing facilities. more

7 Aug 2017 12:32 materials

'Why don't we make all our plastics from hemp' and other silly arguments

EPPM Editor Rose Brooke applauds Engineer Miranda Marcus on her piece for the UK Huffington Post defending plastics at a time when it is fashionable to attack them and revisits some of her favourite anti-plastics debates. more

14 Jul 2017 13:43 editor's blog 2 Comments

Bio-Fed will showcase its portfolio of films to correspond to new environmental law in France, at Interpack 2017. more

15 Mar 2017 14:24 materials



Perstorp is leading by example and stepping up to the responsibilities everybody from materials developer to consumer needs to accept in order to preserve the environment. more

7 Dec 2016 15:06 materials

Stanford University and IBM chemists have developed a new super catalyst for making PLA biodegradable plastics. more

5 Aug 2016 10:31 materials

Some sensible words about the plastic bag levy

'Meltdown', 'a tangle of red tape' and 'crisis' - just some of the words the British media has used to describe the plastic bag levy imposed on English shoppers today. EPPM Editor Rose Brooke pours cold water on the panic. more

5 Oct 2015 17:02 editor's blog

Food packaging is in need of an environmental makeover as the industry tackles the thorny issues of litter and landfill - and one product design business has been working hard to innovate how we unwrap our food. more

19 Mar 2015 13:50 materials

An island of plastic litter and particles is polluting the Great Lakes, galvanising the plastics industry's mission to prevent waste plastic from blighting the environment. more

3 Feb 2015 09:16 industry

Sound corny? Well it is. A researcher based in Tel Aviv is developing PLA using corn starch and sugar that can biodegrade safely into the environment, while also being durable and heat-resistant. more

29 Jan 2015 10:57 materials

North Pacific Gyre

North Pacific Gyre World Map by Fangz. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The importance of properly recycling or disposing of plastics has returned to the headlines, as Five Gyres reveals exactly how much plastic is floating in the world's oceans and how it is spreading. more

18 Dec 2014 15:17 industry

The key to ridding the world of polyethylene waste could lie in the belly of a worm, as scientists find microbes that can degrade the plastic. more

5 Dec 2014 15:22 materials

French researchers have disputed a report published by the EU on the efficacy and viability of oxo-biodegradable plastics. more

13 Nov 2014 16:53 materials

Fraunhofer UMSICHT's Bio-Flex bioplastic was used in the making of Soma's award-winning water filter in the world made from natural resources more

10 Nov 2014 16:33 materials



AKRO-PLASTIC has broadened its reach by acquiring Metabolix's biodegradable range in a canny business deal that will benefit both companies. more

10 Nov 2014 16:25 materials

The claims made by oxo-degradable plastic processing organisations that the material is indeed biodegradable are being challenged as OWS is setting out a neutral study to put the matter to bed once and for all. more

29 Oct 2014 10:52 materials

Scientists at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically-Inspired Engineering have developed a biodegradable material utilising properties from shrimp shells and spiders' webs. more

23 Oct 2014 14:35 materials

KM Packaging has introduced a new flexible packaging solution for supermarket fruit and vegetable aisles, promoting hygiene and longevity for the foodstuffs within. more

9 Sep 2014 10:33 industry

Akro Plastic


Specialising in innovative, application-orientated plastic compounds for over 25 years, AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH has partnered ZIEHL-ABEGG SE to develop a polyamide 6.10-based AKROMID S compound for the "bionic bio-fan". more

19 Aug 2014 12:15 materials


Richard Webb via Wikimedia Commons

Oxo-biodegradable technology could solve the problem of waste plastics that escape the recycling chain and end up damaging the environment. more

7 Aug 2014 11:32 industry 1 Comments

HP Fusion 3D Printing Sprocet


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