bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue July/August 04/2009

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue July/August 04/2009


Application News


  • Bioplastics - from Walkman to Ultra-Slim OLED TVs

    Sony uses annually around 1.4 million tons of various materials such as plastics, metals, papers, etc., worldwide. In order to contribute to the creation of a sustainable society, Sony promotes the use of materials made from renewable resources. One typical renewable material is bioplastics made, from biomass resources.  [more]

Bottle Applications

  • NAPCOR Bans Degradable Additives

    The (US) National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR) recently urged restraint in the use of degradable additives in PET packaging. [more]

  • Using Near-Infrared Sorting to Recycle PLA Bottles

    In the last several years, new plastic bottles made from renewably resourced Ingeo™ (polylactic acid) PLA have entered the market. Brand-owner and retailer demand for such bottles continues to be strong, signifying society’s demand for more sustainable products and market development.  [more]

  • Extrusion Blow Moulding of Bioplastics

    Besides films and bags, rigid packaging such as trays or clamshells, and bottles, are all part of the huge range of packaging applications where bioplastics are increasingly being used. [more]

  • Green Bottles™ at Capitol Hill

    The first decade of the 21st century has witnessed a steady growth and evolution in consumer interest in products with demonstrated ‘green‘ benefits.  [more]

  • Coca-Cola Biobottle Uses Biobased Ethylene Glycol

    In the last issue bioplastics MAGZINE reported about the planned launch of Coca-Cola‘s PlantBottle™. This new plastic bottle will be made partially (up to 30%) from plants. As promised this issue will present a more comprehensive view to this new development. [more]

  • PLA Bottles - Recyclable and Compostable

    Among the increasing number of companies offering their products in PLA bottles is the privately held Primo Water Corporation, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA. bioplastics MAGAZINE spoke with Tim Ronan, VP Marketing & PR of the ‘UPonGREEN‘ certified company which was incorporated in 2004. [more]


  • PSM –The Renewing of a Brand

    As the world of bioplastics becomes more and more a mainstream industry, it seems it is also destined to become more and more confusing. Everything from inadvertent greenwashing to intentional misrepresentation is now commonplace in the eco-movement of bio-materials. [more]

  • Biodegradable High Barrier for Packaging

    Soarus LLC from Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA recently introduced ‘Nichigo G-Polymer®’, a unique multi-functional barrier and water solution polymer developed by its parent company, Nippon Gohsei of Japan. Unique properties of Nichigo G-Polymer include: [more]

  • Polyamides Based on Biotechnological Succinic Acid

    The Fraunhofer research group develops innovative biobased polymers. [more]

  • Stereocomplex PLA Offers High Durability Comparable to PET

    Teijin Limited from Osaka, Japan, announced that it has upgraded its BIOFRONT™ bioplastic with substantially improved resistance to hydrolytic degradation in hot and humid conditions, creating new opportunities for the plant-based material’s use in high-heat and high-humidity applications, such as automotive and electronics. [more]

Non Food

  • Hungry for sustainable, durable bioplastics?

    As experienced during the food crisis of 2008, renewable technologies have a strong impact on the way agricultural land and irrigation water is used. Or at least, that clearly is the public perception nowadays. [more]

  • Algae to Plastics

    The newly formed company Algaeventure Systems is the latest quest of Univenture, Marysville, Ohio, USA, a media packaging company with a twenty-year history of innovation and packaging. The challenge began as Univenture sought bio-based feedstocks as a material option for its products. An exhaustive analysis was conducted on a wide range of bio-based materials throughout the world. Besides criteria such as product performance, material availability, potential supply chain or logistical issues, one aspect remained consistently important - material costs. [more]

Show Review

  • NPE Review

    Even if NPE, ‘The International Plastics Showcase’ in Chicago from June 22 to 26, 2009 had a decrease in the number of visitors by 30%, a good portion of the approximately 44,000 visitors were very interested in bioplastics. At least this was our impression when we attended our booth in the West hall. [more]

  • Bioplastics hot topic at SPE‘s ANTEC 2009

    The Bioplastics Special Interest Group (SIG) at the Society of Plastic Engineers (SPE) was created in September 2008 for the purpose of providing a unified forum for promoting open exchange of scientific and engineering knowledge related to polymeric materials that are fully or partially biobased with the ‘Cradle-to-Cradle’ emphases. [more]


  • Novel Device For Aerobic Biodegradability Testing

    More and more resources are being invested by industry in the field of biodegradable packaging. But just how biodegradable are these products? Have all of them really been tested or is ‘biodegradable‘ just a marketing argument?  [more]

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