UK-based Biome Technologies has been awarded a £150,000 (US$229,487) government grant to investigate a bio-based alternative for the oil derived organic chemicals used in the manufacturer of bioplastics.
The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has warned compostable plastics companies to temper their excitement over Italy's recent proposal of a ban on plastics carrier bags, warning them that the legislation would be the wrong decision for Italy, and the EU.
Use of polyethylene bags will be banned in Pakistan's federal capital from April 2013, unless they are oxo-biodegradable, after the country's Environmental Protection Agency announced new legislation prohibiting the import, manufacturing, stockpiling, trade, supply, distribution, sale and use of disposable plastics products made wholly or substantially of polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene.
Biopolymer producer NatureWorks has established its first Asia Pacific regional headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand, and expanded its team of commercial and management personnel to develop its business in the region.
UK-based Wells Plastics will invest in new machinery to increase production of its oxo-biodegradable and degradable additive masterbatches and compounds after receiving a £1.5 million (US$2.4m) follow-on investment from private equity firm Key Capital Partners and current shareholders.
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