bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue September/October 05/2008

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue September/December 05/2008


Bottle Applications

  • “EcoSield” PLA Bottles

    Today it is widely accepted that the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is a very important factor in the prevention of global warming. Therefore Toyo Seikan Kaisha, Ltd. from Yokohama, Japan, gives serious consideration to the following questions: “What kind of packaging is the best for our environment?” and “In what way will this packaging protect it?” With regard to these questions, the company has taken a positive step by developing an eco-friendly bottle that is called “EcoSield”. [more]

  • Closures made from Bioplastics

    Motivation: In 2000 there were 180 million tonnes of plastic used worldwide. For 2010 the forecast is for a demand of 260 million tonnes. The packaging industry requires about 25% of the plastic that is traded as granulate [1].  [more]

  • Impact of Dry and Wet Sterilisation on PLA Bottles

    If aseptic cold filling is required to ensure the quality and shelf life of juice, ice tea, dairy products or flavoured water the impact of either dry or wet sterilisation on the container prior to filling also needs to be considered. [more]

  • Pure, Light, Mountain Water – Bottled in Ingeo™

    Italian mineral water company Fonti di Vinadio Spa, which bottles and sells Sant’Anna di Vinadio mineral water is located in the North-Italian Piedmont area. Just recently they introduced their water in Ingeo™ PLA bottles.  [more]

  • Primo Water offer Mineral Enriched Water in PLA bottles

    Primo Water Corporation, a privately-held company based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA manufactures mineral enriched bottled water. According to a recently published press release Primo is the only nationally distributed bottled water whose bottle is made from plants, not crude oil. Primo Water offers a sustainable bottled water option without having to give up portability, convenience and great refreshing taste. The bottle is made from IngeoTM, NatureWorks’ PLA resin that is a 100% renewable resource “grown on American soil”, as the company proudly stated.  [more]

  • Not only Celebrities like New Zealand’s PLA-bottled “Good Water”

    It may be one of the little guys competing against the larger players but as it celebrates its first birthday The Good Water Company has found over the past year a number of high profile people have been in support of the company’s environmental aims. From international celebrities such as singer Jack Johnson to local who’s who Tiki Taane, Peter Urlich, Oscar Kightley and John Key the positive feedback has surprised even Good Water CEO Grant Hall. “It’s humbling to have such high profile people tell us they like what we are doing. I think there is so much awareness around sustainability now that Good Water is a product of the times,” says Hall.  [more]

  • Bio-Bottle Meets Private Label Water

    Two complementing niches in a fast growing market [more]

  • Australia’s First Natural Spring Water in PLA Bottles

    Cool Change Natural Spring Water from Australia is owned by the Paterson Family, Helen, James and Richard. Cool Change was set up in March 2008 to launch the NatureWorks IngeoTM PLA bottled water product in Australia.  [more]


  • Nano-Alloy Technology for High-Performance PLA Applications

    Against the backdrop of global warming, curbing CO2 increase in the atmosphere has become a pressing issue. As conventional plastics are manufactured using fossil fuels such as petroleum, incineration or other forms of disposal of these plastics generate CO2. Bioplastics, such as polylactide (PLA) on the other hand, are manufactured from plant-based materials, and any CO2 emitted during their incineration or biodegradation will not increase the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, as the carbon emitted is what the plant, its raw material, originally absorbed through photosynthesis. This makes it carbon neutral, which is the most important feature of bioplastics. In addition, being plant-based gives such plastics a gentle image and awareness about them has been steadily growing among general consumers in recent years.  [more]

Non Food

  • Generation ZERO

    Non-food stock bioplastics were the very beginning [more]

  • Proteinous Bioplastics from Bloodmeal

    It is almost impossible to remember a world without plastics; however, environmental concerns over the origin, use and disposal of plastics have created a substantial effort into finding alternative solutions to these issues. Recycling is aimed at reducing the amount of virgin material required; biodegradable polymers are intended to solve the disposal and ultimate fate of polymers, while research into finding sustainable sources for polymer production is aimed at reducing the reliance on petrochemical sources. Although bioplastics sound like the perfect solution to these problems, bioplastics also have some drawbacks; most importantly the perceived competition with food production. As a result, attention is shifting to second generation bioplastics manufactured from non-potential food sources. However, one of the challenges for bioplastics is to be successfully integrated into common synthetic plastic processing routes, such as extrusion and injection moulding.  [more]

  • PHA from Switchgrass – a Non-Food-Source Alternative

    Scientists and engineers have been at it for years, trying to crack the code for an economically viable and agriculturally available resource that can be used as a feedstock to produce significant amounts of bioplastics. Research has been done with sugarcane, flax, cotton, tobacco, alfalfa, potato, oilseed, and of course, corn. Many of these resources have shown the potential for engineering into bioplastic, but none without sacrifice. Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - based Metabolix has been hard at work evaluating renewable solutions to help minimize the negative environmental impact of plastics and has had a breakthrough that promises to literally change the landscape of the industry. [more]

  • Bioplastic Products from Biomass Waste Streams

    The exploitation of non-food biomass resources and industrial waste streams in bioplastic products has been a major theme of research and development at New Zealand Crown Research Institute ‘Scion’ for nearly 10 years (see bM 04/07). Among this research two major strategies for manufacturing bioplastic products have been pursued: utilisation of forestry resources and utilisation of industrial biomass waste streams. Such resources or residues can, depending on their nature and on the modification technology employed, be transformed into bioplastics, or into functional additives for bioplastics, especially polylactic acid (PLA), polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) and other biopolymers. Thus these bioplastics products are made from non-food resources. [more]


Show Review

  • 1st PLA World Congress a Great Success

    The 1st PLA World Congress hosted by bioplastics MAGAZINE (September 9th and 10th in Munich, Germany) attracted about 170 experts and interested delegates from more than 35 countries. Delegates from the packaging and other industries, universities, research institutes and similar organisations, as well as dedicated PLA experts, came from all over Europe, North America and countries as far away as Costa Rica, Australia, South Africa and Sri Lanka. [more]

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