bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue November/December 06/2008

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue November/December 06/2008



Films, Flexibles, Bags

  • New Bioplastics For Multilayer Systems

    Advantages of multilayer systems: Approximately one third of worldwide plastics production is used for the production of film, making film extrusion one of the most important processing procedures for plastics. The requirements placed on plastic films, especially those used predominantly in food packaging, have been constantly rising over recent years and have now reached a level that can only be achieved by means of a variety of procedures.  [more]

  • Latest Innovations in Flexible Packaging Films

    Increasing the range of applications that can be served by biopackaging requires constant innovation e.g. the development of moisture barrier properties. It also requires expansion beyond the organic fresh produce sector into more conventional product markets. Packaging constructions are becoming increasingly technical and are moving into the areas of greater print coverage. Laminations, bio-inks and bioadhesives are hitting the market now. These are all steps that help to take Bio from the ‘plain and simple’ to a technical level that starts to offer alternatives for conventional plastics more effectively. [more]

  • Performance of Mirel in Agricultural Mulch Film Applications

    An evaluation of agricultural mulch film made from biobased PHA polymers (Mirel™ from Telles™, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA) was conducted by Professor Michael D. Orzolek, Department of Horticulture at Pennsylvania State University.  [more]

  • A New Mater-Bi Grade for Garden Waste Collections: A Specifically Taylor-made Application

    Besides other Mater-Bi® grades for smaller biobags made for kitchen waste collections, Italian supplier Novamont has also developed a different material specifically designed for the production of sacks for the collection of garden waste. [more]

From Science & Research


  • Natureflex Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Profile

    Background: A carbon footprint is a measure of the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during the life cycle of a product or service. The carbon footprint of any product can accurately be determined by a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). However it must be remembered that a carbon footprint is only part of an LCA and other aspects are also generally considered. The areas of highest impact and associated CO2 emissions will be identified during the LCA so that the production processes can be optimised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and any other negative impacts. Once it comes to the point that remaining CO2 emissions cannot be eliminated by optimisation of energy efficiency, they can be compensated for by carbon offsetting. This involves investment in carbon reduction schemes such as reforestation, biofuels or energy efficient projects, which prevent an equivalent amount of GHG emissions elsewhere. [more]


Paper Coating, Laminating

  • PLA Films Laminated to Paper – a Unique Sustainable Packaging Concept

    Sidaplax and its parent company Plastic Suppliers Inc. are leading manufacturers of OPS & PLA specialty films and distributors of a large variety of other plastic films.  [more]

  • A Better Option for Specialized Performance Coatings with Ingeo

    Performance coatings are now a new and significant application for Ingeo™ biopolymer – an application that today allows for the expansion of extrusion coated paper products in the food packaging and foodservice ware markets. It represents just another step in the right and responsible direction for NatureWorks LLC who manufacture Ingeo, and whose plan and vision is to sustainably manufacture eco-sensible materials. [more]

  • Extrusion coating and laminating with biopolymers

    Under the brand name Sustainex Mondi offers versatile biodegradable and sustainable packaging materials suitable for applications in the food and non-food industry. [more]

  • Mater-Bi Innovative Materials For Extrusion Coating and Lamination

    Compostable bioplastics like Mater-Bi®, derived from or containing renewable resources, are a new generation of materials able to significantly reduce the environmental impact in terms of energy consumption and green-house effect in specific closed-loop applications (like food packaging, catering items, mulch etc), to perform as traditional plastics when in use, and to completely biodegrade within a composting cycle through the action of living organisms when engineered to be biodegradable. [more]



  • Film Extrusion of Bioplastics

    In film extrusion, new line concepts and specially adapted technology are required when processing bioplastics. Reifenhäuser of Troisdorf, Germany, one of the first members of the European Bioplastics industry association, considers this market an important part of its future strategy.  [more]

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  • Bioplastics Awards 2008

    Organised by European Plastics News, the tenth Bioplastics conference, to be held in Munich on December 3 and 4 this year is presenting the third Bioplastics Awards. Launched in 2006, the Bioplastics Awards are intended to raise the profile of bioplastics and underline the recognition of some of the best bioplastics developments and applications. [more]

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  • 3rd European Bioplastics Conference: Positive Climate for Bioplastics

    The 3rd European Bioplastics Conference was held in Berlin, on the 5th / 6th November. The 22 exhibitors and approximately 300 delegates from 26 countries ensured that the conference replicated the success of previous years, a success that has confirmed the event‘s status as the leading congress of bioplastics professionals in Europe. The industry is preparing for a sustained period of growth with worldwide investment in new production facilities.  [more]

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