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Protecting the environment with oxo-biodegradable plastic


Tacoma City Council to ban plastic bags: Bag ban is unscientific and unsustainable  (Story - News Tribune 24-7-16)

Are we there yet?  (New analysis by experts in ocean currents from the Grantham Institute at Imperial College, London (July 2016) - UK plastic waste in the ocean ends up in the Arctic

A sledgehammer to crack a nut

Polymer suppliers not understanding the benefits of oxo-biodegradable technology to them and to the environment

OPA member takes to the air - 7-6-16

OPA Comment:

Katmandupost - Government toughens ban on plastic bags

“It’s not just the plastic, muddying the water”  OPA comments on UN Conference 27-05-16

Misinformation preventing action    -  OPA  response to Article on 22 March 2016 in Youris.com (Preventing “oceans of plastic soup)”

Oxo-biodegradable plastic is better than a ban:


Comment on “The New Plastics Economy - rethinking the future of Plastics”

Published by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation - February 2016


This report advocates a circular economy for plastics, as opposed to the linear economy of make, use and dispose which we have at present.  We agree with this, but it obviously applies only to plastics which can be collected.  According to the report, as estimated 32% of plastics and plastic packaging escapes the collection system globally, generating high costs and reducing the productivity of vital natural systems such as the ocean and clogging urban infrastructure.     

Chicago plastic bag ban – a mixed bag

Chicago legislator Joe Moreno is right to propose that oxo-biodegradable plastic shopping bags be exempted from the city’s ban on plastic bags. 


Biodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter

Author - Dr Peter Kershaw  - Nov 15

Another lesson in why bag bans don’t work

How a Ban on Plastic Bags Can Go Wrong - Article in BloombergView by Adam Minter on 18th August 2015

Michael Stephen, chairman of the OPA calls a halt to “misinformation” on oxobiodegradable plastic - Article in European Environment and Packaging

Law - Article 7th August 2015

Majority of Britons believe all plastic bags should be recyclable and biodegradable according to a YouGov poll.

Bag bans and taxes in the USA

Chairman of OPA suggests how oxo-biodegradable plastics can be used most effectively - Article in Packaging News - 21 May 2015

MEP Speaks out - Article in Packaging News 19 May 2015

Italian Plastics Law seriously flawed 14 April 2015

OPA ridicules Italina court ruling on marketing of oxo 14 april 2015

OPA member responds to MSU study 21 April 2015

FTC loses court case on biodegradable plastic

OPA Member company speaks at the UN on plastic in the oceans 10-3-15

Initial response from OPA on report from Michigan State University -    20-4-15

Nonsense about oxo in New Zealand

OPA comments on BPF scare stories

OPA member wins coveted eco-label

OPA Comments on failure of EU oxo ban

Plastics Europe has no policy for plastic which gets into the outdoor environment

French academics criticise EU for failing to understand oxo-biodegradable plastic

FTC contacting companies who supply oxo-biodegradable plastic products

Germans Reject “compostable” plastic and say EN13432 and ASTMD-6400 are “defective and irrelevant

Bad news for “compostable” plastics from German courts

OPA in Mexico

OPA Responds to California SB 270

EU Plastics Industry advises against bio-based plastics

OPA Responds to Braskem et al

OPA Comments on “Lets Bag It” meeting

OPA Writes to Margrete Auken MEP

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA  Evidence

Environmental Audit Committee Supplementary Evidence

OPA Questions DEFRA tender on bioodegradable plastic bags

OPA responds to EUPC  claims on recyclability

German NGO says “compostable” plastic has no significant advantage

OPA responds to Bioplastics Magazine

Enzymatic and Microbiodegradable Additives Challenged

Response to “EuPC Answers to the EU green Paper on plastic waste in the environment”

Bad news for biobased “compostable” plastics from German Government Study

New legislation in Pakistan requires plastic to be oxo-biodegradable

New LCA by intertek puts oxo-biodegradable plastic way ahead of conventional and bio-based plastic

UK Environment Agency publishes a Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags - 2011

Latest News

OPA Chairman,  speaks at Environment Conference in West Africa - 26-6-15

On 26th June 2015, Michael Stephen was the keynote speaker at an Environmental conference in Togo


MacArthur Report Discredited

The OPA can reveal that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation consulted the renowned polymer scientist, Professor. Ignacy Jakubowicz before publication of their report, and they did not publish his advice.  See reply from Professor Jakubowicz to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation dated 21st August 2017

OPA Press Release - Upgrade the plastic don’t ban or tax it.

Oxo-bio Reduces Plastic Waste in the Environment - Press Release in response to Ellen MacArthur report.

Oxo-technology reduces plastic waste in the environment - OPA response to latest Ellen MacArthur report.

A Response to latest OPA response to EU microplatics consultation

Symphony Environmental PR - Bio-plastics unsuitable for Recycling 3-10-1

OPA in Brussels Conference on Plastics - 28-9-17

Not surprising that bio-plastics cause problems for recycling - 18th September 2017

Eunomia report positive for Oxo - 24-4-17

Q&A on Hydro-biodegrdadable plastic

IK working Group Q&A - proves they know nothing about oxo-biodegradable plastic

Oxo-plastic - more fake news - Artice in Bioplastics - Feb 17

There is no packaging which comes without consequences.

Malaysiakini.com  12th January 2017

Chairman of OPA speaks at the 7th Bosphorus  Conference in Turkey

OPA member launches short film on BBC world Service about oxo-biodegradable plastic technology.

OPA Responds to European Commission 19-1-18

OPA News Bulletin / Update

An article by the Chairman of the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association explaining why oxo-biodegradable plastic technology can help to save the oceans has been published by Project Syndicate at   https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/plastic-pollution-oceans-biodegradable-by-michael-stephen-2018-01

With its reach of nearly 500 newspapers in over 150 countries, with a total circulation of nearly 70 million copies, Project Syndicate is the world's largest commentary-focused news syndicate. It features commentaries by global political analysts such as Ian Buruma, Dominique Moisi, Joseph Nye, and Joseph E. Stiglitz, among others, as well as Tony Blair, Ban Ki Moon, Václav Havel, Mikhail Gorbachev and Jimmy Carter.

"At a time when understanding global politics and economics is more important than ever, Project Syndicate stands out," said Stiglitz, a Nobel laureate in Economics. "While so many media outlets have become more insular, Project Syndicate features leading thinkers, businesspeople, activists, politicians and policymakers from every part of the world, including Shinzo Abe, Francis Fukuyama, Bill and Melinda Gates, Christine Lagarde, Juan Manuel Santos, George Soros, and many others. Often setting the agenda for other news organizations in the process. For concise, accessible, and trenchant insights into the key issues shaping our future, there simply is nothing else like it."

Project Syndicate translates its columns from English into 12 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

BBC Radio discusses plastic bag charge

BBC Radio discussed the impending plastic bag charge on Friday 31st July. Michael Stephen (Chairman of the OPA and a Director of Symphony Environmental) spoke about oxo-biodegradable plastic.

Bag bans and Taxes in the USA

Chairman of  OPA suggests how oxo-biodegradable plastics can be used most effectively - Article in Packaging News 21 May 2015.

MEP Speaks out - Article in Packaging News 19-5-15

Italian Plastics Law seriously flawed 14-4-15

OPA ridicules Italian court ruling on marketing of oxo 14-4-15

OPA member responds to MSU study 21-4-15

FTC loses court case on biodegradable plastic 10-3-15

OPA clarifies EU position regarding OBP Plastic - 26-2-18