Standards for bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics: call for evidence

Closed 14 Oct 2019

Opened 22 Jul 2019

Overview

We're seeking evidence to help us develop standards or certification critera for bio-based, biodegradable, and compostable plastics, and an understanding of their environmental impacts.

This will also include littering and issues affecting recycling and disposal routes.

We want to identify gaps and provide expert advice on:

  1. The overall sustainability of bio-based and biodegradable plastic products, particularly when in comparison with those made from other materials. 
  2. Existing relevant plastic degradation standards and how, or if, they might be promoted without any adverse effects to the environment and disposal routes.
  3. The design and implementation of standards for biodegradable plastics to ensure that they fully biodegrade in a reasonable timeframe in specified environments.

What Happens Next

We will consider the response from industry, the research community and other interested parties on the demand, benefits and implications of standards for bio-based and biodegradable plastics. The evidence received will inform our next steps in this area. 

Audiences

  • SMEs (small and medium businesses)
  • Large businesses (over 250 staff)
  • Multinational businesses
  • Trade bodies
  • Medium business (50 to 250 staff)
  • Micro business (up to 9 staff)
  • Small business (10 to 49 staff)
  • Oil and Gas
  • Low carbon technologies
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Technology (R&D)
  • Consumer organisations
  • Consumer law specialists
  • Further Education Colleges
  • Universities
  • Learned societies
  • Scientists
  • Higher Education institutions
  • HE representative bodies
  • Universities
  • Research Councils
  • Research Funders
  • Science Policy organisations and thinktanks
  • Learned Societies
  • National Academies
  • Researchers
  • Innovation community
  • Thinktanks
  • Freelance researchers
  • Charities
  • Local government
  • Charity or social enterprise
  • Regulator
  • Non-departmental public bodies
  • The Devolved Administrations
  • Charities and Third Sector organisations
  • Non-Government Organisations
  • Biotechnology companies
  • Bioscience

Interests

  • Economic growth
  • Consumer rights
  • Science funding
  • Science and society
  • Science (STEM) skills
  • Innovation
  • Research
  • Regulation and red tape
  • Industrial strategy
  • R&D
  • Oil and Gas
  • Saving energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Business investment
  • Higher Education
  • University
  • Coal
  • Oil and gas
  • Saving energy
  • Renewable energy
  • Energy and climate change
  • Energy efficiency
  • Regulation
  • Growth
  • Competitiveness
  • Investment
  • Bioeconomy