European Bioplastics Accuse Additive Producers of "Greenwashing"
In their latest news bulletin, European Bioplastics (EUBP) claim that they have been noticing an increasing malpractice by producers of fragmentation additives for conventional plastics referring to the European standard for industrial composting, EN 13432, when marketing their products.
Such products do not fulfill the requirements of the EU norm for industrial composting of plastic products. Consequently, European Bioplastics considers this a severe case of greenwashing and requests all producers of additives claiming to make conventional plastics biodegradable to fully comply with the standard EN 13432 or to seize misleading references.
“If a standard is referenced, all aspects of it need to be fulfilled by the material or product. Should this not be the case, the reference is misleading. We urge all market operators to comply with communication standards according to the ISO 14020 series,“ states François de Bie, Chairman of the Board of EUBP.
Worried about the negative impacts on the environment of additive-mediated conventional plastics, which merely fragment into small pieces, the European Commission has discussed banning such technology in the past. Currently, the Commission is undertaking an assessment of the impact of oxo-degradable plastics on the environment, as these materials represent the foremost part of additive-mediated plastics. According to a recent amendment of the EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, the results shall be presented by 2017, at the latest.
EUBP represents the entire value chain of the bioplastics industry in Europe and defines bioplastics as biobased, biodegradable, or both. In this context, EUBP clearly differentiates between naturally occurring biodegradation and the fragmentation process promoted by additives. Corresponding labels, such as the Seedling, prove that the material is truly biodegradable/compostable and certified according to the standard EN 13432. Simple fragmentation – as is the case of additive-mediated plastics – is not acceptable in the context of EN 13432.
European Bioplastics e. V.
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