When does biodegradation make ecological sense?

Are there already suitable materials for such applications?

What are the conditions in market economy?

These and further questions are going to be answered within the project "BioSinn".

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Final conference: 28 April 2021 - presentation of results (German)

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& 30 April 2021 (English)

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Both events are identical in content. 


Preliminary program 30.04.2021

10:00 Conference Opening

10:10 Presentation, Goals and Methodology of the Project BioSinn

10:30 Biodegradadion in Various Environments

10:50 Selection of Possible Substitutes


11:10 Discussion

11:20 Break


11:30 Overview of Standards and Certifications

11:50 Political Framework

12:10 Keynote "Biodegradability of Plastics in the Open Environment - Scientific advice to EU policy" Alessandro Allegra (European Commission) & Prof Richard Thompson (Plymouth University)


12:25 Discussion

12:35 Lunch Break


13:00 Market Volumes

13:10 Fact Sheets: Agriculture and Forestry 

13:30 Fact Sheets: Fishery


13:50 Discussion

14:00 Break


14:10 Fact Sheets: Household and Garden

14:30 Fact Sheets: Others


14:50 Discussion

approx. 15:15 Closing remarks



previous workshops

1st expert workshop: 10 February 2020 (German)

2nd expert workshop: 11 May 2020 (English - online webinar)

3rd expert workshop: 22 October 2020 (English - online webinar)


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Key data

nova-Institut für politische und ökologische Innovation GmbH, Institut für Kunststofftechnik Universität Stuttgart
Time period:

November 2019 – April 2021


A guide for decision makers in industry and politics including 25 product profiles of the most relevant applications. For each product it will be explained to what extent biodegradation is a feasable option and what substitutions are available for a more sustainable use of plastics.


If you are interested in further information on the project or its progress and results, please contact Verena Bauchmüller: