EU added value

        All substances manufactured, placed on the market and used in the EU, on their own, in mixtures and in articles are regulated by REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical substances) entered into force on 1 June 2007. One of the main reasons for developing and adopting the REACH Regulation was that a large number of substances have been manufactured and placed on the market in Europe for many years, sometimes in very high amounts, and yet there is not enough information on the hazards that they pose to human health and the environment. According to this, The European Technology Platform for Sustainable Chemistry seeks to boost chemistry, biotechnology and chemical engineering research, development and innovation in Europe. Chemistry is ubiquitous and is vital for the quality of modern life. More and better use of chemistry will enable European society to become more sustainable. Many efforts have to be devoted for developing chemical innovations for replacing formaldehyde, styrene or including other biodegradable polymer materials having a negligible environmental impact in their life cycle assessment.

        Bioplastics are still rather expensive and are sometimes blamed for potential competition with food production. In general bioplastics attempt to reduce the negative environmental impact of petroleumbased conventional plastics and plastic pollution. Landfills and oceans around the world are polluted with conventional plastics, but bioplastics can biodegrade into CO2, water and biomass within 12 weeks under ambient conditions. . Wherever possible, European Bioplastics recommends to focus on the more specific claim of compostability with corresponding standard references (ISO 17088, EN 13432/ 14995 or ASTM 6400 or 6868), a certification and labelling (seedling label via Vinçotte or DIN CERTCO, OK compost label via Vinçotte). The biodegradabability associated to compostability can contribute to lowering the SGH emissions due to the conventional incineration, the energy recovery and mechanical recycling processes for polymer commodities.

advanced polymer materials