bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 03/2009

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue May/June 2009


Application News

  • Södra launches Parupu – a chair for kids

    Södra from Växjö, Sweden has developed a chair made from pulp in collaboration with design and architect firm Claesson Koivisto Rune. The chair is designed for children. It is durable and waterproof, despite having the look and feel of ordinary paper. It is recyclable, environmentally-friendly, stackable, colourful, and made for fun and games. [more]

  • Biobased elastomer in running shoes

    Japanese company Mizuno, a leader in running footwear and apparel technology, has announced the use of a Pebax® Rnew thermoplastic elastomer range for the Wave® Technology plates in four models of high performance running shoes set to debut in 2009. The material supplied by Arkema is made from renewable resources, castor oil, and contributes to global warming reduction. [more]

  • Georgia-Pacific Awards Major Contract to Cereplast

    Cereplast, Inc., Hawthorne, California, USA recently announced that it will supply Compostables® resin to Georgia-Pacific Professional Food Services Solutions for the manufacture of its recently introduced line of Dixie EcoSmart beverage solutions. : Georgia-Pacific LLC., Atlanta, Georgia is one of the world‘s leading manufacturers and distributors of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, building products and related chemicals. [more]

  • Biodegradable Margarine Pack in Brazil

    Brazilian IraPlast Ltd., based in Iracemápolis, São Paulo, Brazil, has been the exclusive Cereplast representative for biodegradable resin in Brazil since 2006. Cereplast‘s biodegradable resins are based on PLA supplied by Nature Works. [more]

From Science & Research

  • Novel Bioplastic Blends and Nanocomposites

    The prospect of a hot, flat, and crowded [1] planet earth requires greater technological efforts in meeting the challenges of creating industrial sustainability. The triple technological convergence of industrial ecology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology offers promise of being able to deliver such sustainability. Industrial ecology uses the quantitative tools of Life Cycle Assessment to consider impacts like the generation of green house gases (GHGs) when renewables are substituted for fossil resources. Biotechnology is providing efficient biochemical conversions and nanotechnology is having big impacts both in catalysis and in materials sciences. Here it is argued that the convergence of these technologies is defining a new field of inquiry which can be referred to as ecobionanotechnology. Within this context a new class of green materials, ecobionanocomposites, is being developed. [more]

  • Carrot Steering Wheel and Chocolate Biodiesel

    Researchers at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, recently unveiled the ‘WorldFirst Formula 3 racing car’ which is powered by chocolate, steered by carrots, has bodywork made from potatoes, and can still do 200 km/h (125mph) around corners. [more]


  • Blends of PHBV

    As dicussed in other articles, PHBV is one of the simplest members of the polyhydroxy alkanoate (PHA) family. Typically, the valerate co monomer is present at around 5% by weight of the polymer although products containing up to 11% and 20% of the valerate have been produced in developmental quantities. The rationale for incorporation of this amount of the valerate moiety is to increase flexibility and improve processability over simple poly 3 hydroxy butyrate (PHB), while still keeping the desirable attributes of high rate of crystallization and high melting point.  [more]

  • Material Combinations by Extrusion Coating or Laminating

    New compostable film structures, offering completely new performance profiles in the food and non-food areas [more]

Open Letter

  • Counterstatement

    In issue 02/2009 bioplastics MAGAZINE published a short review of the GPEC conference in Orlando Florida, USA (see bM 02/2009, p.8).  [more]

Rigid Packaging

  • More than Cups ...

    Consumers are a very demanding group when it comes to quality and cost awareness – perhaps even more so in these times of crisis. This applies both to the home market in general and also to fast service restaurants, canteens and the whole catering industry. But this does not necessarily mean ‘cheap at any price’! Customers rightfully expect good value for their money.  [more]

  • Study Confirms Lifecycle Advantages of PLA over rPET

    A first-of-its-kind lifecycle analysis finds that clamshell packaging made from NatureWorks‘ Ingeo™ (PLA), emits fewer greenhouse gases and uses less energy when compared to clamshells manufactured with petroleum-based rPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate).  [more]

  • Flexible Bio-foams

    Foamed plastics have the advantage of a low density with comparably good material properties. There are different kinds of foaming procedures, (a) foaming of multi-component systems where the polymer (e. g. PUR) is generated only by chemical reaction and (b) physical foaming of thermoplastics in the melt (e. g. PE, PP, PS).  [more]

  • Thermal Cooler Box

    Sandoz, Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, USA) and KTM Industries, Inc. (Lansing, Michigan, USA) recently announced the launch of the Green Cell Cooler Box - the first 100% biobased and completely compostable/recyclable thermal cooler to protect pharmaceutical products during shipment. The Green Cell Cooler Box is a standard corrugate box outer lined with panels of cornstarch-based Green Cell Foam, manufactured by KTM. Green Cell Foam meets ASTM D6400 and ISO 1708 specifications for biodegradability under composting conditions. [more]

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  • NPE Preview

    Taking place June 22-26, 2009 at Chicago‘s McCormick Place, NPE2009 will be a showcase and technology exchange for polymers derived from corn, castor beans, soybeans, potatoes, tapioca, and other natural resources. Thus bioplastics take center stage in this year‘s NPE2009, The International Plastics Showcase organized by SPI (The Socienty of the Plastics Industry). “The dawn of the era of sustainability has brought with it a worldwide industry consensus on the need to proactively address issues such as resource depletion,“ said SPI president and CEO William R. Carteaux. “Bioplastics have emerged as one of the most promising means for companies to carry out this strategy while operating profitably. Besides enabling businesses to comply with mandates for renewable resources, these exciting new polymer families will help ensure the long-term viability of our industry by providing an alternative to traditional raw materials.“ [more]

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