Advances in biobased and biodegradable technology to be explored in BPF online seminar

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THE British Plastics Federation (BPF) has announced it will be hosting an online, half-day seminar on May 19 called ‘Bioplastics: Advances in Biobased and Biodegradable Technology’.

The first speaker will be Amcor’s marketing director (coffee, pet care and speciality) Trevor Vadis, who will provide an analysis of the current situation with bioplastics, predictions for the future, as well as exploring the impact of generation one and two bioploymers.

He will be followed by Mariagiovanna Vetere, director at NatureWorks, who will discuss the opportunities in bioplastics as well as reflecting on current challenges facing the industry. This will be followed by a presentation from Dr Rachael Rothman from the University of Sheffield on the LCA of plastics from non-fossil-based sources.

European Bioplastics MD Hasso Von Pogrell will discuss the size of the bioplastics market, global production trends and land use. Dr Thomas Farmer from the University of York will explore underlying principles for several pathways to bio-based terephthalic acid/esters and will suggest what he feels are the most promising options.

The final speaker will be Stuart Hayward-Higham, Suez’s technical development director – recycling and recovery UK, who will provide insights into dealing with bioplastics from a waste management company’s point of view.

Matt Davies, BPF head of public & environmental affairs, said, “The future of biobased and biodegradable technology within the plastics industry is an area of great interest to a huge range of manufacturers, brands and retailers. This event will look at the challenges and opportunities presented by these materials, while providing glimpses into what the market may look like in the coming years.”

The event will run from 1.30pm to 5pm on May 19. The event costs £49 + VAT for BPF members and £99 + VAT for non-members. Full details can be found at