Heading for a circular economy and sustainability with bioplastics

Heading for a circular economy and sustainability with bioplastics

March 11, 2019
Press Release: FKuR

FKuR outlines suitability of bioplastics to meet demands of the EU Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy

As part of the current debate regarding the ecological sense and consequences of the use of plastics, bio-based as well as biodegradable plastics are taking on an as-yet-unidentified special status. Bioplastics specialist FKuR – a confirmed speaker at Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 – believes both product groups have a great potential to meet the demands of the current EU directives in addressing this issue. The company emphasizes the excellent suitability of biobased thermoplastics for conventional material recycling, while it sees biodegradable plastics as an efficient and proven solution for those applications where this property generates added value for the end-product.

“For decades, plastics have made a significant contribution to better living conditions, more sustainable products and waste prevention with their unique combination of light weight, versatility, performance, durability and cost-effectiveness,” said Carmen Michels, managing director of FKuR. “However, in the face of their omnipresence, industry, commerce and consumers alike are challenged to use, reuse, dispose of, recycle them and ultimately properly utilize them in a responsible way. Biobased and biodegradable plastics offer attractive opportunities to meet all aspects of this requirement.”

A key element of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Package published in December 2015 is the shift from a linear economic model to a circular economy. As a result, at the beginning of 2018, the EC developed a EU Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy. According to proposal, from 2030 all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable and the consumption of disposable plastics will be reduced.

For Patrick Zimmermann (pictured above), director of sales and marketing at FKuR (who will be giving a presentation at Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 about biopolymers as part of the circular economy), bioplastics play a key role in the implementation of the EU directives: “Especially with drop-in bioplastics, it is possible to implement sustainable concepts in two ways: firstly the bioplastic product itself is made from renewable raw materials and secondly, it can be recycled after use via existing recycling systems,” he said. “Thus, not only are fossil resources saved but packaging, for example, can also become a valuable material for the manufacture of other products. We therefore warmly welcome the EU’s request to the member states to support the use of bio-based materials in the manufacture of packaging and to improve the market conditions for such products.”

Plastic Free World Conference & Expo 2019 will take place from Thursday 27 June to Friday 28 June, at the Kap Europa, Frankfurt Messe, Frankfurt, Germany. To register for this highly focused and solutions-driven event, please click here. For sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please email peter@trans-globalevents.com

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