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Australia-based bioplastics and film company Cardia Bioplastics will close its Brazil manufacturing plant and invest instead in its Asia-Pacific operations. 9 March 2015
The German chemical giant is offering customers a greener route to market using its Mass Balance approach to certification, explains James Snodgrass in this feature. German chemical giant BASF has introduced a new initiative, Mass Balance (MB), which offers the plastics industry a scheme analogous to the purchase of green electricity. 4 March 2015
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has slammed an Italian court ruling on the marketing of oxo-biodegradable plastic. 16 February 2015
Italy-based materials company Novamont has announced that its 50/50 joint venture with Versalis, Novamont and Matrìca, has signed a deal with Coldiretti and Consorzi Agrari d’Italia, for the creation of innovative agro-industrial chains to create short-chain biolubricants and bioplastics. 26 January 2015
A new ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and food service items is creating an unprecedented surge for bioplastics manufacturing in China. 14 January 2015
Obtaining patents on its technology is helping an Australian manufacturer of compostable and biodegradable plastic resins becoming a leading player in the global environmentally sustainable packaging industry. 23 December 2014
Bio-based composite material made from wood fibres, fillers such as marble-based calcium carbonate, and an animal bone meal-based binder, have been developed in a Swiss project. The IWK institute of materials technology and plastics processing at the HSR University in Rapperswil worked with FluidSolids in Zurich in the project, which has led to applications including stools and coat hangers. 9 December 2014
European Bioplastics’ annual market data update has predicted sharp production capacity rises in the next four years for bioplastics with the figure set to rise to approximately 6.7 million tonnes by 2018. 5 December 2014
Bioplastics Magazine has announced that Zandonella, from Germany, and Beanarella, from Switzerland have tied for first place in its ninth annual Bioplastics Award, both companies earning the exact same number of points from the jury. Award finalists represented a broad range of applications in the packaging, electronics and environmental markets. 3 December 2014
VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland is developing an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative for polystyrene from the bioplastic polylactic acid and looking for partners in the project. 3 December 2014
North Dakota State University (NDSU)’s department of Chemistry and Biochemistry in the US has published its research on using crops to create plastic in the international chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie. 2 December 2014
A proposed merger between two Australian bioplastics companies will create a publicly listed entity with annual sales of almost AUD 30m (€20.5m). 2 December 2014
Aimplas, the Technological Institute of Plastics located in Valencia, Spain, has announced the Plapack project it collaborated on has resulted in “a new generation of biodegradable plastics of natural sources used for the manufacturing of clothes hangers, disposable household and food packages”.  
28 November 2014
The Italian bioplastic and biodegradable and compostable materials association, Assobioplastiche, has welcomed the European lightweight carrier bags legislation which has the goal of reducing the quantity of lightweight plastic carrier bags in circulation. 28 November 2014
Soma, a water filter that is 100% biodegradable, has been designed using bioplastic Bio-Flex, a material made by Germany’s Fraunhofer UMSICHT in cooperation with bioplastic compound producer FKUR. 21 October 2014

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