monday 27th may 2019
Novamont illustrates the possible synergies between paper and bioplastics at CEPI board and GIFCO annual conference
From 17 to 19 May, the members of the board of CEPI, the European Confederation of Paper Industry, gathered in Venice to take stock of the paper sector, in light of the current European scenario, in which the circular economy and the bioeconomy are playing increasingly a decisive role in the sustainable development.
Catia Bastioli, Novamont CEO was invited to open the works and bring the company’s experience on bioplastics: innovative “biomaterials”, both renewable and recyclable, that have a lot in common with paper.
Bastioli, in her opening speech, has in fact illustrated how the synergies between paper and bioplastics can generate compostable and sustainable products for food packaging or for collective catering, capable of improving the management of food waste and reducing both contamination of organic waste and paper waste. Moreover, she spoke about the possibility to produce new biorefinery products from the waste cellulose of the paper and pulp value chain.
Among the guests of the first day, Andrea Montanino, Chief Economist of Confindustria (the lead organization representing the manufacturing, construction, energy, transportation, ITC, tourism and services industries in Italy) spoke about The European economy between international tensions and post-vote opportunities.
The winning synergy between paper and bioplastics was also discussed at the annual GIFCO Convention, Italian Group of Makers of Corrugated Base Papers, held in the same days in Catania, where Andrea Di Stefano, Novamont Special Projects Manager, showed possible application developments, derived from the combination of paper and bioplastics, for the food packaging and foodservice sector.