European Commission‘s proposal to reduce consumption of plastic bags an important opportunity to promote bioplastic alternatives
The advantages of bioplastic shopping bags:The biobased content of bioplastic shopping bags ensures that they have a lower carbon footprint than fossil-based bags, which helps to reduce CO2 emissions. In countries where organic waste is collected, compostable bags can be used to collect organic waste, making it a dual use bag. Studies have shown that compostable biowaste bags help to increase the amount of biowaste collected and improve the quality of compost. Dual use also reduces the number of bags that are thrown away or end up in landfill. In countries where plastic waste is recovered for recycling, the bioplastic shopping bags can be mechanically recycled into new plastic products. In countries where waste is incinerated, the biobased content contributes to the generation of renewable energy. More information on bioplastic shopping bags is available at European Bioplastics website.
- Position paper: en.european-bioplastics.org/EuBP_PositionPaper_Plastic_shopping_bags.pdf
- Fact Sheet: en.european-bioplastics.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/EuBP_FS_shopping_bags_2013.pdf