bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue November/December 06/2009

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue November/December 06/2009


  • Another World-First

    The highly innovative technical team at Ultimate Packaging believes it has produced a world first environmentally-friendly product as part of a joint venture with Innovia Films and Sun Chemical. [more]

  • New Eco-Label: OK biobased

    Halfway through the 1990s, Vinçotte developed the OK compost conformity marks for products meeting the European EN 13432 standard, thereby playing a pioneering role during that period of time. Thanks to the new OK biobased certification system manufacturers can officially demonstrate the use of renewable raw materials via the independent OK biobased conformity marks.  [more]

  • Biomaterials Services from Finland

    Based on the long experience in biomaterials Hycail Finland has evolved from a R&D department into an independent company offering development and analytical services within the biomaterials field.  [more]

  • Field Trial of Bioplastic-Producing Tobacco Crop Successful

    Metabolix, Inc., a bioscience company from Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, focused on developing sustainable solutions for plastics, chemicals and energy, recently announced that it has completed a field trial of tobacco, genetically engineered to express polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) biobased polymers. Metabolix obtained the necessary permits from the U.S.  [more]

  • Plastics in the North Pacific Gyre

    Commenting on Project Kaisei‘s findings on plastics in the North Pacific Gyre, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) believes that plastics litter is far too common in the marine environment, it should not be there and more effort is needed by all concerned to ensure good waste management on shore and on vessels, and to provide education on littering. Furthermore, the Federation wishes to draw attention to a major initiative it has recently launched to stop any loss of plastics raw material into the environment.  [more]

  • Design and Technology Award

    Biograde® is a transparent, injection mouldable bioplastic based on cellulose. [more]

  • New Joint Venture in India

    A new bioplastics joint venture will be the first of its kind in India, where Earthsoul India Private Limited, through its promoters the Bilimoria family, will hold 60% and the balance of 40% will be held by the state-owned J&K Agro Industries Development Corporation Ltd, led by Dr. G. N. Qasba, managing director. [more]

  • Bioplastic from Algae

    California (USA) based Cereplast Inc. recently announced that it has been developing a breakthrough technology to transform algae into bioplastics and intends to launch a new family of algae-based resins that will complement the company’s existing line of Compostables® & Hybrid® resins. [more]

  • Multilayer Films Breakthrough for Food Contact Market

    Global sustainable resins supplier Cardia Bioplastics, headquartered in Mulgrave,VIC, Australia, has announced a new range of Cardia Biohybrid™ based films that comply with the European Commission standard 2002/72 EC for food contact. [more]

  • 100% Bio-Sourced Thermoplastic Elastomers

    Capitalizing on its long-standing experience in castor oil chemistry, France based Arkema has now developed Pebax® Rnew100, a range of thermoplastic elastomers produced entirely from renewable raw materials.  [more]

  • Bio-Based Plastics: New Study Forecasts Enormous Potential

    New bio-based polymers have been available in the market for approximately one decade. Recently, standard polymers like polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC or PET, but also high-performance polymers like polyamide or polyester have been totally or partially substituted by their renewable raw materials equivalents. The starting raw materials are usually sugars or starches, partially also recycled materials from food or wood processing.  [more]


  • Naturalmente Cosmestics

    ‘Naturalmente‘ is a brand created and registered in Europe in 2004 by the Italian company Artec, whose logistic and head offices are based in Brescia and research, innovation, development and production laboratory in Tuscany.  [more]

  • Green Cups in the Skies over Asia

    High technology lies behind a seemingly simple innovation led by All Nippon Airways (ANA), which aims to be the number one airline group in Asia and also to be a leader of environmental action in the aviation industry. ANA’s passengers will now enjoy their drinks in an Ingeo™ natural plastic cup. The cup was planned and developed jointly by NatureWorks and ANA for ANA’s fourth environmental flights campaign, ‘e-flight‘, which went from October 1 - 31, 2009. [more]

  • New Sunglasses made from Clear Bio-Polyamide

    Sport and fashion sunglasses (photo) have become high performance objects by being adapted to consumer‘s comfort and fashion evolution. [more]

  • Hair Care Products in PLA bottles

    Nature‘s Organics began in the late 1950‘s as a small business pioneering naturally based products, such as bath cubes, hair colourants, and various toiletry ranges in Australia.  [more]

  • A Magic Powder in a PLA Powderette

    In Austria a new product was launched in October based on an aromatic powder which puts the consumer in a state of ‘relaxed alertness’, according to Rouven Haas the inventor of Blue Elph®. It is an absolutely new and innovative edible leisure product - just unwrap the Powderette™, tap the capsule, and suck in the powder - but whatever does it have to do with bioplastics? OK, the powder consists exclusively of harmless, edible substances and the capsule is made of gelatine, but the Powderette™ is made from NatureWorks PLA and additives from Sukano and Polyone. [more]

  • Green Nordic Walking – with Biobased Polyamide

    The first commercial, injection-molded use of renewably-sourced DuPont™ Zytel® RS polyamide in Europe is for the hand grip, tip, cap and inter-locking elements of the new ‘Exel NW ECO Trainer’ Nordic walking stick from EXEL Sports Brands (ESB), Stephanskirchen, Germany. The unreinforced polyamide 610 is produced using sebacic acid extracted from castor oil plants. The renewably-sourced content of unreinforced Zytel RS is 58 % by wt. This was a crucial factor in the sports equipment manufacturer decision to not only base its production in Europe, but to also launch its own competence model made in the material. [more]


  • Eco-Centric Mobile Phone

    The North American telephone company Sprint Nextel, headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, USA is making it easier than ever for customers to ‘go green‘ with new eco-friendly products, services and programs and expanding its commitment as a leader in sustainability. Last August, Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) announced Samsung Reclaim™ as the first phone in the U.S. constructed from eco-centric bio-plastic materials. Made from 80 % recyclable materials, Samsung Reclaim is a feature-rich messaging phone that offers environmentally conscious customers a perfect blend of responsibility without sacrificing the latest in network speeds and must-have features.  [more]

  • New ‘Eco.‘ Cordless Telephone

    The latest innovation for Ingeo™ bioplastic is Telecom Italia’s environmentally friendly ‘Eco.‘ cordless telephone. NatureWorks PLA material forms the exterior shell of the new cordless which matches high technical performance with sustainability and energy savings. Eco.’s advanced features include backlight display, handsfree, an integrated backlight keypad and polyphonic ringtones. This cordless is also projected to minimize energy consumption.  [more]

  • Vacuum Cleaner Housing

    In early 2009 the Dutch company Philips started to use a durable PLA-based polymer for the housing of the Performer EnergyCare FC9178 vacuum cleaner. And even the packaging consists of about 90% recycled material.  [more]

  • Biomass-based Bathroom Scale

    Unitika Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, has successfully developed a new blend of biomass-based resin, which has unprecedented properties such as mouldability, heat resistance, durability and impact resistance. Unitika’s techniques for improving polylactic acid (PLA) and their accumulated knowledge of producing engineering plastic blends have brought this latest development to a successful conclusion. The new PLA blend, known as TERRAMAC® resin, offers impact properties comparable to those of ABS.  [more]

Films, Flexibles, Bags

  • Bioplastic Films from the Netherlands

    Responding to the increase in the demand for biodegradable and compostable films and packaging Oerlemans Plastics bv, a packaging producer from Genderen (the Netherlands), is cooperating with FKuR in Germany in order to better serve the upcoming organic market. [more]

  • High-Performance and Biodegradable

    At the 4th European Bioplastics Conference (see page 10) BASF presented a new biodegradable plastic branded as Ecovio® FS. BASF has optimized this new plastic for two specific applications: for coating paper and for manufacturing so-called shrink films, which serve to easily wrap packaged goods. For this reason, the first two new plastic types are called Ecovio FS Paper and Ecovio FS Shrink Film. Sample material is already available. Initial production tests at customers’ facilities have been successful. Introduction into the market at large is scheduled for the first quarter of 2010.  [more]

  • Compostable Film Structures, New Performance Profiles for Food and Non-Food

    The demand for compostable bioplastics has been steadily growing for many years at an annual rate of between 20 and 30%. The research related to these polymers derived from RRM (Renewable Raw Materials), which in the case of Novamont swallows up 10% of its turnover, today permits the production of a large range of consumer products. These include food and non-food packaging, hygiene products, bags and sacks, agricultural tools and food-service ware, all with a positive environmental impact (End of Life options) and a positive effect on product performance.  [more]

  • PLA Films are a Team Sport

    As the supplier base has grown recently, a wide diversity of Ingeo™ films are being used in bags, wraps, lids, and labels. Among all the products in the bioplastic industry, films may best exemplify the supply chain’s team effort through close engineering cooperation to build innovation into the products delivered to consumers. [more]

  • PLA Film Applications

    The trend toward using biopolymers and environmentally friendly films continues to expand into traditional plastic film applications. The flexible packaging, lamination, bread bag, windowing (envelope and folding carton), shrink sleeve label and tamper evident band markets are some of the many applications that currently incorporate the use of biopolymer films.  [more]

  • Carbon-Neutral and Compostable Films - A Holistic Approach

    Sustainability has long been more than just a buzzword at the packaging film manufacturer alesco from Langerwehe, Germany. The business is committed to pursuing a holistic approach in this respect – conservation of resources, environmental protection, carbon neutrality, social responsibility and environmentally friendly innovation are all factors in this strategy. And because these issues are a way of life at the company, with its 210 employees, rather than just being a marketing slogan, the manufacturer of PE and biofilm packaging is happy to show its cards and be open about its approach in order to encourage others to follow this responsible path. [more]

  • Deep-Freeze Bio Packaging

    Deep freezing is a method of preserving foodstuffs containing water. During deep freezing the storage temperature of the food is set significantly below freezing point (at least -18 °C), thus slowing down or even stopping the growth of micro-organisms. Chemical and physical processes in food are also slowed down or avoided completely. Biochemical, and most notably enzymatic, reactions are also slowed down [1]. [more]


  • Oxobiodegradable Plastic

    I have been asked by Symphony Environmental Technologies (UK) to respond to a request from Bioplastics Magazine for an article about their d2w Controlled-life plastics, which degrade by a process of oxo-biodegradation1. My views are based on the research carried out in my own and in many other laboratories throughout the world since my original patent was filed in 1971, and on my review of independent test reports carried out on d2w products. [more]

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