bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 02/2006






  • Pro composting / Pro energy recovery

    Bioplastics represent a new class of materials with advantageous origin mostly from renewable resources and with advantageous recovery qualities. Both, energy recovery (incineration with exploitation of energy) and composting (for qualified products) are environmentally benign methods and from a life cycle analysis (LCA) viewpoint, there seem to be no decisive differences. The ecological effects of the two alternatives are determined to a high extent by the available infrastructure. However, where the infrastructure is in place for both methods, a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of both recovery routes seems appropriate. Dr. Michael Heyde of Duales System Deutschland (DSD) and Joeran Reske of Interseroh share their thoughts with our readers.  [more]


  • Federal Agencies in the USA shall buy bioplastics products

    Standards and Status of the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program  [more]

  • Belgian BioPackaging

    Getting access to green waste bin for biodegradable and compostable products [more]

  • Degradable Plastics A Canadian Perspective

    The ongoing efforts to divert material from landfill have led many Canadian municipalities to look at composting or anaerobic digestion as a viable waste management option. This includes leaf and yard waste and more and more household kitchen waste. Approximately 14% of Canadian households (over two million households) currently have curbside collection of source-separated organics (i.e. food waste). And that number continues to grow daily. [more]


  • Twin Screw Extrusion Systems for Biobased Resins

    High speed, energy input (HSEI) twin screw extruders are emerging as the manufacturing methodology of choice to process bio-based renewable materials. [more]

  • Making preforms for PLA bottles...

    Although the name might suggest otherwise, the PETline injection moulding systems offered by the Swiss manufacturer Netstal for the production of preforms for plastic bottles can also be used for processing materials other than polyethylene terephthalate (PET). This not only applies to other „fossil“ plastics such as polypropylene, but also to plastics made from renewable resources such as PLA. [more]

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  • Shopping bags – a big opportunity for bioplastics

    Shopping bags made of plastics is certainly a field of application with a huge potential for bioplastics. estimates 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide every year. In the USA alone, an estimated 12 million barrels of oil are required to produce the 100 billion bags consumed annually. In Germany about 80,000 tonnes of plastic resin are converted into shopping bags each year. Up to now, just a small amount of these bags are made of plastics based on renewable resources and compostable plastics. [more]

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