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    What are plastics and rubbers?

    2021-03-08
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Plastics and rubber materials are both made from the same families of polymers. The polymers are mixed with a complex blend of materials known as additives. Rubbers are elastomers, these are polymers with an elastic property. This elasticity differentiates rubbers from plastics

    The Möbius loop

    2021-02-24
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Article 8 of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC defines the marking and identification of packaging materials. The identification of the nature of the packaging material facilitates collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging.

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    BREXIT - UK REACH is no EU REACH

    2021-10-08
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    BREXIT affects the business for consumer products on the UK market dramatically. The legal obligations that apply to consumer products under EU REACH are extensive. The same goes for UK REACH applicable on the UK market.

    Non-harmonised FCM regulations

    2021-10-08
    ProductIP
    Intermediate

    Food contact materials (FCMs) are materials in food packaging or consumer articles that come into contact with food. These materials can be e.g. plastic, paper, cardboard, glass, ceramics, metal, wood, etc.

    Energy labels for lighting

    2021-09-13
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Energy labels for luminaires have been cancelled per 25 December 2019, but energy labels for ‘light sources’ remain.  Energy label Regulation (EU) 2019/2015, Ecodesign Regulation (EU) 2019/2020 and the European Product Database for Energy Labelling (EPREL) will cause many changes lighting products September 1st, 2021.

    Wooden FCMs: Dutch and French regulations

    2021-07-28
    ProductIP
    Expert

    Wood is one of the seventeen Food Contact Materials (FCM) listed in Annex I of Framework Regulation (EC) 1935/2004. There is no harmonised EU directive or regulation for wooden FCM articles. EU member states which have implemented national legislation for wood are France, The Netherlands and Croatia.

    Wood & bamboo Food Contact Materials

    2021-07-22
    ProductIP
    Experienced

    Both wood and bamboo are commonly used for food contact applications. Besides cutting boards and other kitchen utensils, wood and bamboo are also used for disposable kitchenware as well as for food packaging.