New paths, strategies, business and communication models for bioplastics as a building block of a sustainable economy (BiNa)


The use of bioplastics enables the opportunity to save fossil resources as well as to reduce the emissions of gases relevant for the climate. But are bioplastics during production, utilization and end-of-life really more sustainable than their fossil competitors and which challenges result e.g. for the sustainability assessment? Which ecological potential exists due to cascade use? How does the population judge the use of bioplastics and do they know what bioplastics are and can? Which information materials are useful, if the communication of the existence of bioproducts to the consumer is in the focus?  These and further questions are in the focus of the new research platform. The work will be conducted in a broad consortium of specialists and examine the aspects of ecological, socio-economic sustainability of bioplastics as well as the opportunities and obstacles which occur during the communication and commercialisation of these materials.

The research group sustainable production & life cycle engineering of IWF is concerned with the holistic view of the energy value stream in the production of bioplastics. The aim is to develop new recommendations for the sustainable production of bioplastics based on the existing methodologies in the context of the conventional plastics. The practical relevance is ensured by the testing with cooperating companies on specific product examples from bioplastics.

The project energy and resource efficiency of bioplastics in the production is aimed at the detection and appropriate modeling and simulation of relevant energy and emissions flows considering various material compositions of bioplastics and their production processes. On the development of suitable methods and tools the most ecologically and economically advantageous combinations of different materials and process parameters can be evaluated and they can be integrated into the product and process design.

Project partners

  • Hochschule Hannover – Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (IfBB)
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig –  Institute for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (IWF)
  • Bundesdeutsche Arbeitskreis für Umweltbewusstes Management e.V. (B.A.U.M.)
  • Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics - Life Cycle Engineering (IBP)
  • Hochschule Hannover, Fakultät III Medien, Information und Design
  • Hochschule Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Marketing und Management Nachwachsender Rohstoffe

Project advisery board

  • European Bioplastics e.V.
  • World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)

Cooperating Companies

  • memo AG
  • FKuR Kunststoff GmbH
  • Möbius+Ruppert KG



Project duration:

04/2015 until 03/2018


Christine Schulze


Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

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