bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2011

bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue January/February 2011


  • USDA Launches Biobased Product Label

    On January 19, 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture‘s (USDA) ‘BioPreferred’ program announced that a final rule to initiate a voluntary product certification and labeling program for qualifying biobased products to be published in the Federal Register [1] the day after. [more]

  • Reshaping an Industry

    ‘Bioplastics – Reshaping an Industry‘, organized by Jim Lunt (Jim Lunt Associates LLC) and Yash Khanna (InnoPlast Solutions, Inc) [more]

  • Chinese PHA gets EU Food Approval

    The biodegradable, compostable plastic, ECOMANN PHA, from was approved recently for use in contact with foodstuffs under Commission Directive 2002/72/EC (and its amendment 2007/19/EC).  [more]

  • ‘Make Your Mark’ Competition

    Bioplastics manufacturer Cereplast, Inc., from El Segundo, California, USA recently started a design competition, ‘Make Your Mark,’ for a symbol that represents ‘bioplastics’.  [more]

  • Demand For Degradable Plastics to Grow Further

    The degradable plastic industry has been on the verge of commercial success for decades. However, demand growth was limited because most degradable plastics were too expensive, were unavailable in large enough quantities or had performance drawbacks that limited them to niche markets. [more]

  • Ciao, Ciao, Plastic Bag

    The Italians are said to account for more than a fifth of the plastic bags used in Europe: the Italian environmental group Legambiente estimates about 20 billion plastic bags per year are used. [more]

  • PLA Compound with Engineering Plastics Properties

    Purac from Gorinchem, The Netherlands has developed a PLA compound with heat stability and impact strength comparable to ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene).  [more]

  • Leading Industry Event

    End of last year, European Bioplastics organised its industry conference already for the fifth time. [more]

  • Production of Biodegradable Film Doubled

    Finnish packaging material producer Plastiroll Oy from Ylöjärvi believes that biodegradable materials will become increasingly common in the packaging industry.  [more]

  • Novamont goes North America

    Novamont S.p.A, based in Novara, Italy, expands its presence in North America with a new company Novamont North America, Inc. headquartered in Danbury, Connecticut.  [more]

  • Erratum

    We sincerely apologize, but in our latest issue (06/2010) we mixed up two pictures. [more]

Application News

  • Artist Looking for Bioplastic Sheet

    Justin Kovac from Johnson City, New York, USA calls himself an Eco-Artist.  [more]

  • Foam Trays in Seattle

    On July 1, 2010, the city of Seattle, Washington, USA,legislated that all single-use foodservice packaging used within the city must be compostable or recyclable. [more]

  • Biodegradable iPhone Case

    “iNature is the only case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4 which is totally biodegradable,” say a press release by API Spa. [more]

  • Compostable Adhesive

    As producer of Epotal® Eco, BASF shall forthwith be able to offer the first compostable water-based adhesive certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TÜV.  [more]

  • Make it a Happy Meal

    Spondon, Derby (UK) based Clarifoil, a company of the Celanese Group has made millions of children very happy. [more]

  • Natural Snacks in High Barrier Film

    Based in East Sussex, UK, Infinity Foods has been owned and operated as a workers’ co-operative for over 30 years and is one of the UK‘s leading wholesale distributors of organic and natural foods.  [more]

  • Biopolastic Components in Cutting Dies

    At the special show on ‘Sustainable Production and Packaging’ within the framework of FACHPACK 2010, last fall in Nuremberg, Germany, the Heilbronn, Germany, based company Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG presented its green philosophy called ‘marbagreen’. [more]

  • Compostable School Milk Cups

    Austria‘s farmers have been supplying schools and Kindergardens with millions of portions of school milk since 1995 directly from their farms and thereby are significantly contributing to the nutritional health of children. [more]



  • A Bio-Cover for the Airbag

    Engineering polymers that are either partially or entirely based on renewably-sourced raw materials provide a fully-functional alternative to their fossil-fuel based counterparts. [more]


  • Biodegradable Foams Containing Recycled Cellulose

    Polymer foams are found virtually everywhere and are used in a wide variety of applications such as thermal and acoustic insulation, energy dissipation, shock protection, packaging, etc. due to their specific properties [1].  [more]

  • Biodegradable PLA/PBAT Foams

    In this study, a unique processing technology viz. microcellular extrusion foaming, was used to produce biodegradable foams that could potentially replace existing synthetic foams thereby reducing carbon footprint and contributing towards a sustainable society.  [more]

  • A Comparative LCA of Building Insulation Products

    Synbra has together with the Sustainable Development Group of AkzoNobel conducted an ex-ante Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of BioFoam production from lactide produced from cane sugar in Thailand by Purac (Borén and Synbra 2010). [more]

  • Particle Foams from Thermoplastic Starch – Waiting for Technology?

    Readers of bioplastics MAGAZINE will be familiar with thermoplastic starch (TPS) materials and the various methods which have been employed to render them more easily processed and water resistant, though for some applications, their sensitivity to water is an advantage. [more]

  • A Foam Veteran‘s View on Biopolymer Foam

    Jim Fogarty, a foam industry veteran, and his sons Dave, Bill, and Matthew, are the owners of Plastic Engineering Associates Licensing, Inc.(‘PEAL‘), a company which specializes in licensing high technology foam feed screws & processing know-how for the extrusion of foamed polymers such as polystyrene, polyethylene and polylactic acid. [more]

  • Industrial Trials of E-PLA Foams

    The Biopolymer Network E-PLA technology uses commercially available polylactic acid (PLA) grades and carbon dioxide as blowing agent to make expanded PLA beads via a proprietary process which has won several awards for innovation.  [more]

  • Look Out for Pines

    Tall oil (liquid rosin) as source for PUR and PIR foams  [more]

From Science & Research



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