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Microplastics are entering our food chain

Microplastics are entering our food chain

Something you might have experienced before on the beach: just as you plant your feet in the sand, you start to feel little pieces of plastic between your toes. This is actually a substantial part of marine litter; you can’t see it but you can feel it. A recent scientific study found that every kilogram of European sand contained on average 250 microplastics: fragments smaller than 5 mm. There are even traces of significantly smaller plastic fragments, called nanoplastics. Ironically, these tiny bits of plastic cause the greatest problems.  All different types and sizes of plastic form the plastic soup. The world’s ever increasing use of plastics has created large areas of floating plastic waste in rivers and oceans and many of these plastics break down into smaller fragments. Our demand for plastic does not only have devastating consequences for the oceans, but marine wildlife is also affected by plastic pollution. It appears that fish tend to mistake the scent of plastic for food and ingest it on purpose. Because the vast majority of plastics is not biodegradable, let alone (bio)degradable, it will remain in the environment for a long time. Through various ways, for example by eating fish and shellfish, these small fragments of plastic have entered our food chain and our bodies. 

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PEFC - Sustainable sourcing of wood and paper

PEFC - Sustainable sourcing of wood and paper

Wood and paper packaging is interwoven through our everyday lives in undeniable ways. To ensure the continued availability (for production) of wood products, such as paper and cardboard, it is necessary, next to recycling, to manage forests sustainably. PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, promotes worldwide sustainable forest management through forest certification and the products that come from (these) certified woods. At Bio Futura we carry various certificates, including PEFC, to provide our clients with insight and assurance that our products are sourced in the most sustainable way. For the purchase of our products, our suppliers have to meet strict requirements regarding sustainability and quality. In this article we focus specifically on PEFC; what does PEFC stand for and how can this internationally recognized certification be obtained? 

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‘Beyond green borders’ presentation at the PEFC conference ‘Green washing or Green business ’- Empack fair

‘Beyond green borders’ presentation at the PEFC conference ‘Green washing or Green business ’- Empack fair

During the last edition of Empack, one the biggest packaging fairs in the Netherlands, Bio Futura was invited by PEFC, a quality mark for sustainable paper and wood products, to give a presentation about sustainable packaging, the topic was  ‘Green washing or Green business’. This event provided an important opportunity to tell more about the challenges that we face as a sustainable company. An important occasion, because “sustainability” is increasingly used as a catch all for corporate social responsibility or addressing environmental issues. In this presentation we wanted to talk about our company’s core values and share our vision on sustainable entrepreneurship, which will hopefully inspire others.


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Dutch government chooses to recycle biobased paper hot cups

In the last few years the Dutch government has selected sustainability as one of the cornerstones of it policy. This commitment is also reflected in their increased use of biobased products, which are wholly or partly derived from renewable resources i.e. plants. Following on from this, the government decided to take action against the use of non-biodegradable plastic cups, which are still commonly used in the workplace. Meanwhile, various companies and governments have already opted for the large-scale purchasing of sustainable types of hot (beverage) cups. The Dutch government did not lag behind and decided to purchase paper cups with a polylactic acid (PLA) coating. PLA is a biobased and compostable plastic. Until 2017, these PLA cups were nevertheless processed in a waste energy plant, in other words incinerated. For this reason, the government’s purchasers requested Wageningen Food & Biobased Research and TNO to carry out an environmental analysis. In this study, two sustainable end-of-life routes, after separate collection of the used PLA cups, were compared: recycling or digestion plus composting. The report has revealed that recycled cups have a better environmental performance.  
(Unfortunately only available in Dutch

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What is a circular economy?

What does circular economy mean 
and how could you apply this for your own business?

Circulair EconomyIt is an expression that you hear quite often at the moment, on the news, on
political agendas and maybe even during your coffee break: Circular Economy.
An innovative and for many probably a new way of working, which offers a lot
of new opportunities for businesses. But what does such an economy and
circular businesses actually mean? That is why we want to give you a short
introduction and explanation on this sustainable way of doing business.

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Rapidly growing demand for (sustainable) paper!

At present the global demand for paper and cardboard is rising significantly, this as a result of the bans on plastic (bags) in an increasing number of countries. In major producing countries like China the local paper supply is even declining. These recent market developments contribute to longer delivery times and higher material costs of virgin and recycled paper.

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Can bioplastics play a role in minimizing the plastic soup?

This ecological disaster, which currently takes place before our eyes, is increasingly addressed by a wide coalition of stakeholders as a serious and complex societal problem. More and more alarming reports are written about the presence of so-called micro-and nanoplastics, smaller than 5 mm, in our food chain and even on our plates.The consequences of our plastic waste become devastating. All lives in and around the rivers and oceans are put at risk because of the floating plastic pollution as animals mistake plastic waste for a viable foodsource. 

Worldwide recycling rates are low and ocean plastics can hardly be recycled, let alone all be cleaned from alle plastic.Bioplastics are often put forward as the solution to this pressing problem, but to what extent can bioplastics truly make a difference? At Bio Futura we are, as supplier of bioplastics, among other materials, not free of bias, but we do believe that it still can be a good reason to address this subject. In this article we’ll make an attempt to do so in the most objective manner.   

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The quality mark for composting over the last twenty years: the Seedling logo!

The Seedling

The Seedling logo is a registered trademark founded by European Bioplastics. This trademark is a quality mark for products and packaging, which are certified industrially compostable according to the European standard EN 13432. The Seedling logo may be only be featured if the respective compostable product is tested and examined by the independent certifier DIN CERTCO from Germany. When successfully certified with the compostability mark, the product will fully biodegrade in an industrial composting plant within a few weeks. Otherwise the compostable product can be disposed in the organic waste collection. More detailed information on regional specifications can be obtained from municipalities or waste management authorities.

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