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Wednesday, November 19, 2014


French scientists criticise EU’s oxo-biodegradable plastic stance | Packaging News

By Jonathan Cheng

The Blaise Pascal University scientists, who work at the research centres for degradable plastics, criticised “misinformation” on oxo-biodegradable plastics, singling out the “not very expert reports and erroneous information” by which the EU has been misled. The team focuses on “the principal negative elements (about oxo-biodegradable plastic) which circulate in Europe”, describing them as being at “the base of political reactions, which obstruct the development of oxo-biodegradables in Europe.” They also state that the field of oxo-biodegradation is a field with important potential for the protection of the environment. They also state that scientific research on oxo-biodegradable materials must be able to continue without meeting non-scientific obstruction and that it is not acceptable to oppose “achieved scientific results with opinions based on little or no fact.” “This briefing paper reaffirms what we have been saying for some time,” says Michael Stephen, chairman of the Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association. “Oxo-biodegradable plastic is important for Europe since it is the only plastic offering complete, non-toxic degradability to a pre-set approximate timescale, and effective on land or in water. This form of plastic was developed to solve the problem of plastic waste in the environment, which if not collected would lie or float around for decades. Its biodegradability and its relatively short lifespan ensure that it will not be around for very long.”