bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 06/2010

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue Novenber/December 2010


  • “And the Winner is …”

    The 5th Bioplastics Award, now jointly presented by bioplastics MAGAZINE and European Plastics News was awarded to the winner of the year 2010 during the 5th European Bioplastics Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany on December 1st, 2010. [more]

  • FKuR and Synbra Cooperate

    FKuR (Willich, Germany) and Synbra (Etten-Leur,The Netherlands) realise the opportunities of the new PLA generation: GMO free and heat resistant. [more]

  • Awards for High-Performance Bioplastics and Biocomposites

    In August of this year, Solegear Bioplastics, Vancouver, Canada, was chosen by Frost & Sullivan as the recipient of the 2010 North American New Product Innovation Award in the field of Bioplastics. [more]

  • Naturally Iowa Becomes Totally Green

    Naturally Iowa, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA recently announced that after acquiring Totally Green LLC earlier this year (a company that pioneered research and development of the ORCA Green™ Machine), they will now be known as Totally Green, Inc. [more]

  • Biodegradable Bag Made From CO2 Emissions

    Melbourne, Australia based packaging technology company Cardia Bioplastics Limited has developed a world first biodegradable plastic bag created from a blend of CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions and starch. [more]

  • Improved Eco Credentials for PLA

    The manufacture of NatureWorks’ Ingeo™ PLA emits fewer greenhouse gasses (GHGs) than the comparable manufacture of every other common petrochemical-based plastic, according to a peer-reviewed article published in the August 2010 edition of Industrial Biotechnology.  [more]

Application News

  • Carry on and on, then Compost!

    Alpagro Plastics (Belgium), specialised in carrier bags and flexible packaging, has been focusing their latest developments and innovations within the area of biodegradable packaging. As one of the official BioBag production partners, Alpagro Plastics is using different grades of Mater-Bi granulate. [more]

  • PLA from China for Toys and More

    Material supplier Shenzhen Brightchina Industrial Co;Ltd from Shenzen, China started research on PLA about 12 years ago. [more]

  • Extrusion-Blow-Molded PLA Bottle

    Using a new Ingeo™ PLA blend formulation, Polenghi LAS, San Rocco Al Porto, Italy, has developed Europe’s first extrusion-blow-molded PLA bottle. [more]


  • Super UV Absorber

    Clarifoil from Spondon, UK, is the world’s leading manufacturer of cellulose diacetate films. In window packaging, Clarifoil UV absorber films are an absolute must for the food industry, particularly for sensitive products such as seafood or delicate icings.  [more]

  • A ‘Chip off the Old Block’!

    Boulder Canyon™ Natural Foods, a leading North American snack food manufacturer, has introduced a renewable, fully compostable pack for its line of All Natural Kettle Cooked Potato Chips. [more]

  • Greener Package Award for Soil-Wrap

    Ball Innovations, a business unit of Ball Horticultural Company, recently received a 2010 Greener Package Award for its SoilWrap® plantable container made with Mirel™ bioplastics (PHA) by Telles. [more]

  • The Coca-Cola PlantBottle

    In 1975 Coca-Cola started a packaging revolution by introducing the first PET plastic bottles into the market, which became a great success with our consumers and for our business. PET is light, versatile, recyclable and safe. [more]

  • Re-Engineering the Paper Leaf Bag

    “Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.”  [more]


  • Eco Friendly Objects

    Over the last 19 years, Lexon Design from Boulogne Billancourt, France became the world leader of design objects with over 1,000 original creations. [more]

  • Stay in Touch – Naturally

    Communication technology has developed rapidly over the last years and will continue to show strong growth: For 2010, experts are forecasting sales of 1.4 billion mobile phones. [more]

  • Bio-Based Polymer-Alloy for Consumer Electronics

    Toray Industries, Inc. has been expanding the usage of polylactic acid in various products and applications in fields such as fibers, resins and films with the registered trademark ‘Ecodear’. [more]

  • PLA for Consumer Electronics

    One of the most concrete signs that the bioplastics industry is maturing is that the supply chain – from resin producer through additives suppliers, compounders, and converters – has a vested interest in the success of this emerging industry. [more]

Films, Flexibles, Bags

  • Machinery for BoPLA from the USA

    Parkinson Technologies from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA touted its recent developments producing biaxially oriented film and sheet made with IngeoTM biopolymers from NatureWorks at the K’2010 trade fair in Düsseldorf. [more]

  • How to Produce BOPLA Films

    Biaxially oriented PLA films have certain properties which are advantageous for specific packaging requirements. Their excellent optics combined with high stiffness make BOPLA an attractive cover for food.  [more]

  • Chinese Compounder Enters Biodegradable Co-Polyester Market

    With an annual compounding capacity of 1,200,000 tonnes the Chinese company KINGFA Science & Technology Co., Ltd. can be considered the world’s largest modified plastics manufacturer. Among other products Kingfa provides partially recycled resins and bioplastics. [more]

  • New Developments in PLA Packaging Films

    Companies manufacturing and using packaging materials are often accused of being responsible for most landfill waste production.  [more]

  • Next Generation PLA Films

    Huhtamaki Films, manufacturer and converter of films from Forchheim, Germany, recently presented new developments and the next generation of Bio films based on Polylactic acid (PLA) at the Fachpack in Nuremberg and at the Bioplastics Business Breakfast during K’2010 in Düsseldorf.  [more]

From Science & Research

K show review

  • Bio-PET

    In early October Nagoya City, Japan based Toyota Tsusho Corporation announced that they were planning to establish the first global bio-PET integrated supply chain including, procurement of bio-ethanol, production of bio-mono ethylene glycol, tolling business of PET, and marketing of bio-PET. [more]

  • A World of Solutions

    Rhodia Engineering Plastics reinforced its pledge to champion sustainable development with the launch at K’2010 of more ground-breaking innovations in materials, processing technology and advanced services. [more]

  • Compostable Biopolymer for Film Applications

    Kafrit Industries Ltd, form Negev, Israel presented (among other products) its Ecomp new product line of compostable biopolymer solutions. Ecomp 120 for film applications fulfills the accepted standards EN13432, ASTM D6400-04 and the Japanese green PLA Standard for compostable and biodegradable polymers. Thus it has the OK Compost environmental logo for films between 15- 106 µm. [more]

  • Liquid Wood and Cellulose

    ALBIS from Hamburg, Germany not only presented the Arboform, Arbofill and Arboblend products of German supplier Tecnaro but also their own product CELLIDOR®.  [more]

  • Olfactive Neutrality

    The French company BIOSPHERE showed their BIOPLAST generation of bioplastic resins. Products made with Bioplast resins are 100% biodegradable and compostable according the EN 13432.  [more]

  • Green Propylene Industrial Unit Announced

    During K’2010 Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resin producer in the Americas announced the conclusion of the conceptual phase of the project to build a green propylene plant. In 2011, work will be concluded on the basic engineering studies and, once final approval is obtained, the project‘s installation will begin, with operational startup expected in the second half of 2013. [more]

  • High Performance Castor Oil-Based Polyamides

    Belgium-based Solvay announced its partnership with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical (MGC) on the development of high performance castor oil-based polyamides. [more]

  • ‘Green Shoe‘ Concept

    Bayer MaterialScience has developed a unique concept for a ‘green shoe’ that uses a whole host of sustainable materials and technologies.  [more]

  • A Novel Protein-Based Flexible and Elastic Biomaterial

    MERIPLAST® is a novel bioplastics from the French company Syral. It is entirely made from raw materials derived from agriculture and is fully biodegradable.  [more]

  • Bio Masterbatches

    Brazilian masterbatch and additive supplier Cromex from Sao Paulo, specialist in development and formulation of concentrates, presented a new line of white, black, color and functional additives masterbatches based on biopolymers made from 100% renewable source such as PLA obtained from corn starch,  [more]

  • Green ABS

    Green ABS from IRPC Public Company Limited from Bangkok, Thailand is an innovation of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) resin as a result of discovery and research to replace synthetic rubber (butadiene) with natural rubber in the ABS manufacturing process.  [more]

  • K Show Review

    At K’2010, with 222,000 visitors the world’s biggest trade fair for plastics and rubber, held in Düsseldorf every three years, the bioplastics industry strengthened its presence from October 27 to November 03. [more]

  • Renewably-Sourced TPE for Airbag Systems

    Joint development work between Takata-Petri of Aschaffenburg, Germany, and DuPont has resulted in the launch of a new grade of DuPont™ Hytrel® RS, the industry’s first renewably-sourced thermoplastic elastomer for use in airbag systems. [more]

  • Innovative Range of Plant-Based Plastics

    The international Roquette group, world leader in starch and starch-based derivatives, has joined the plastics market and launched GAÏALENE®, a new range of plant-based plastics for converters and compounders. [more]



  • The End-of-Life of Bioplastics

    About Bioplastics PRO EUROPE (Packaging Recovery Organization Europe), the umbrella organisation for the packaging and packaging waste recovery schemes which mainly use the ‘Green Dot’ trademark, is convinced that waste and resource management is at the forefront of a new economy.  [more]

  • Targets for Bio-Based Products

    The European Hemp Association (EIHA) welcomes and supports the discussions on European targets for different bio-based products, such as bio-polymers, bio-lubricants, and certain chemical building block chemicals, within the Lead Market Initiative (LMI), the Ad-hoc Advisory Group, the EU-RRM Group and the European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBIO). [more]



  • Recycling of Bioplastics Production Waste

    In most plastics production processes there is waste coming along with the products that converters aim at. [more]

  • Recycling of Bioplastics

    Initially it was planned to publish one comprehensive article on the recycling of bioplastics. However, it turned out to be a rather complex topic, so that now we will have this short overview about recycling of plastics and bioplastics and, in addition, a couple more specialized articles on recycling topics, including our cover story. [more]

  • Capacity for PLA Feedstock Recovery to Expand Significantly

    By January 2011, Belgium-based lactic acid producer Galactic will have quadrupled the capacity of its LOOPLA feedstock recovery process (also referred to as chemical recycling) from 500 tonnes to 2,000 tonnes annually. [more]

  • Recycle PLA Cups at U2-Concerts

    At rock concerts, festivals, and sporting events in the Netherlands, events management firm Loc 7000 has a deal for visitors. If they collect ten Ingeo™ PLA bioplastic ‘Smart’ cups they will get a free beer or soft drink. The Smart cups and free drink offer are important elements of Loc 7000’s sustainability initiative. [more]

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