bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2006




  • Complete mobile phone housing made of PLA, reinforced with kenaf fibres

    NEC Corporation and UNITIKA LTD have announced joint development of bioplastic composites, consisting of PLA reinforced with kenaf fibre (see box), which is expected to contribute greatly to environmental measures for mobile phones. NTT DoCoMo, Inc., Japan’s premier mobile communications company, is already using this new material in the entire housing of its new FOMA™ N701iECO mobile phone, that was recently launched on the Japanese market. [more]


  • Metallised cellulose-based film

    Innovia Films has introduced NatureFlex NM, a unique cellulose-based film, manufactured from renewable wood pulp and metallised in-house. As recently announced by Innovia Films it is the first metallised biodegradable film suitable for both industrial and home composting.  [more]

  • Polyamide from bio-amber

    From starch to polyamide – via succinic acid  [more]


  • The example of the German packaging ordinance - Support of Bioplastics by legal instruments

    Bioplastics constitute a new class of plastic materials at a very early stage of market penetration. As with other new technologies, the existing legislation is often not consistent with the opportunities offered by these innovations, nor do the existing laws usually reflect preconditions for the successful introduction and establishment of new products in the market. It is therefore common practice to modify laws or regulations in order to support new technologies. Some countries have begun supporting plastic products manufactured on the basis of renewable resources by special legislation. Their motivation is obviously to increase the use of renewable resources, not only for energy supply, but also as a material source. This seems an inevitable objective due to environmental, geopolitical, and (long-term) financial considerations. [more]

  • the Dutch approach

    Introducing new, environmentally friendly materials such as bioplastics in the market appears to be a challenge for a large number of, predominantly, young and small companies. Although the objectives of this young industry are fully in line with e.g. those of European policy makers, making big steps in the market appears to be not always easy. The “Dutch approach“, as being shaped by BCPN and many other relevant stakeholders, might be an interesting case study in this context that could potentially be of use for other countries in the world. [more]


  • Plastics – naturally ! Compounding of plastics from renewable resources

    FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Willich, Germany has been developing bio-degradable plastics for more than 10 years now. During the co-operation that started in 1998 together with Fraunhofer Institut UMSICHT, Oberhausen, Germany, the use of renewable sources has become increasingly more important, in addition to bio-degradability. Intelligent compounding, i.e. the combination of various fillers and processing additives, are the key to tailor- made materials that can compete with conventional plastics. [more]

Top Talk

  • The industry has to lead the way.

    Nestlé is the world‘s largest brand owner in the area of food products and thus one of the biggest users of packaging. Bioplastics magazine spoke with Helmut Traitler, Vice President Packaging of Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland.  [more]

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