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May 27, 2021 – Workshop Bioplastics – Opportunities and Risks

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Plant-based plastics are among the practical applications of the bioeconomy that have already successfully entered the market. There are different interpretations concerning the evaluation of the sustainability of bioplastics.. Are plastics made from biological resources an important contribution to overcoming the fossil age or does the potential demand for raw materials of a plant-based plastics industry threaten global ecosystems? This question will be explored by the speakers and participants of the workshop.

Online workshop of the Bioeconomy Action Forum, May 27, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

10.00 am Peter Gerhardt and Jonas Daldrup (denkhausbremen): Welcome

10:10 a.m. Philipp Sommer: Bioplastics Solution or Dead End?
Philipp Sommer is an expert on circular economy at Deutsche Umwelthilfe.

10.30 a.m. Christoph Lauwigi: Bioplastics from the BUND’s perspective
Christoph Lauwigi is the spokesman for the Waste and Resources working group at BUND.

10.45 a.m. Constance Ißbrücker: Bioplastics and their importance for the Circular Economy
Constance Ißbrücker is Head of Environmental Affairs at the European Bioplastics Industry Association.

11:05 a.m. Discussion

11.25 a.m. Break

11.35 a.m. Katharina Schlegel: Organic Raw Materials for Plastics Production at BASF
Dr. Katharina Schlegel is Group Leader for Global Market Development Biopolymers at BASF.

11.55am Martin Gehlen: Plant-based Plastics in Beverage Cartons – Advantages and Challenges
Martin Gehlen is Sustainability Manager at the packaging manufacturer Tetra Pak.

12.10 p.m. Thomas Fatheuer: Sugar (cane) to Plastic Pitfalls of Sustainability
Dr. Thomas Fatheuer is a staff member at the Research and Documentation Centre Chile-Latin America e.V. and was head of the Brazil office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation for a long period.

12.30 p.m. Discussion

1.00 p.m. Summary and Outlook

To participate, please register by sending an e-mail to You will receive the access data shortly before the event.

The project “Civil Society Action Forum Bioeconomy” is carried out jointly by denkhausbremen and BUND.


Funding notice:
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