bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 05/2011

bioplastics MAGAZINE IssueJuly/August 2011


  • Greenware Products USDA Certified

    Fabri-Kal from Kalamazoo, Michigan USA is proud to announce their Greenware® cold drink cups, lids and portion cups have earned the USDA Certified Biobased Product Label. [more]

  • FKuR and Braskem Sign Green PE Compounding Agreement

    Global biopolymer leader Braskem and bioplastics compounding specialist FKuR, Willich, Germany have signed a compounding agreement for bio-PE. [more]

  • Biobased Succinic Acid Plant in Canada

    BioAmber Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA through its subsidiary Bluewater Biochemicals has selected Sarnia, Ontario, Canada as the location for its first North American bio succinic acid plant. [more]

  • Dow and Mitsui to Create Platform for Biopolymers

    The Dow Chemical Company and Mitsui & Co., Ltd., of Tokyo, Japan recently announced the formation of a new joint venture and execution of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at providing innovative and sustainable product solutions to the global high-performance flexible packaging, hygiene and medical markets. [more]

  • Malaysian Pilot Plant for PHA from Palm Oil

    Malaysia’s first fully automated Polyhydroxylalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics pilot plant that enables the production of versatile biodegradable plastic materials from palm oil is now ready and operational, charting a new milestone in the country’s efforts to provide alternative to non-biodegradable petroleum-based plastics. [more]

  • BASF and CSM JV for Biobased Succinic Acid

    BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany and Purac Gorinchem, The Netherlands, a subsidiary of CSM nv, announced in early August the start of negotiations to form a joint venture for the production of bio-based succinic acid. [more]

  • 2nd Renewable Plastics

    The 2011 European Plastics News annual Renewable Plastics Conference was helf in Brussels, Belgium on Sept. 20 and 22. [more]

  • Tesco Drop ‘Oxo Biodegradable’ Bags

    UK supermarket chain Tesco has dropped so-called ‘eco-friendly’ carrier bags after evidence suggests they are doing more harm than good. [more]

  • Bioplastics - A Crucial Pillar of the Bio-Economy

    How can the bioplastics industry contribute to the European Union’s ‘2020 goals’? [more]

  • Successful Pilot Project with Compostable Bags

    Effective immediately, the district of Bad Dürkheim, Germany has approved the permanent use of organic waste bags made of BASF’s compostable plastic Ecovio® FS. [more]

  • Ombudsman for new Bioplastics Symbol

    Cereplast Inc. has appointed Michael Thielen as ombudsman for the new bioplastics symbol, effective October 1, 2011. [more]

  • Plastic Sustainability Award

    Dr. Edmund Dolfen, founder and CEO of FKuR Kunststoff GmbH, Willich, Germany, was awarded the 2011 Plastic Sustainability Award by the platform BKV for Plastics and Recycling and the Fraunhofer UMSICHT organization, on the occasion of the colloquium ‘Future of plastics’ recycling’ in Krefeld, Germany on September 6, 2011. [more]

  • Novamont and Genomatica: JV for Biobased BDO

    Genomatica, San Diego, California, USA and Novamont, Novara, Italy announced they have signed a letter of intent to establish a joint venture (JV) that is expected to lead to the first industrial plants in Europe producing BDO from renewable feedstocks. [more]

  • Artist using Bioplastics

    As an environmental artist Jacqui Jones from Norwich, UK aims to challenge preconceptions, pushing the boundaries of familiar materials and processes to encourage the public to view the natural world in new ways. [more]

Application News

  • Eco-Friendly Parties

    Thanks to collaboration between Italian companies Fermani Cannucce Snc and Api Spa, leader in the production of thermoplastic elastomer compounds, the 100% biodegradable straw has now been born.  [more]

  • Plant Based, Insulated, Compostable Cup

    Repurpose® Compostables, a manufacturer of premium, high quality food service products, based in Los Angeles, produce One Cup™, an insulated hot cup that is 100% compostable. [more]

  • Cap Made of Bio-PE

    Nestlé Brazil, in a partnership with Tetra Pak and Braskem, is launching two of its popular milks brands in a package with a cap using bio-polyethylene (bio-PE), developed by Braskem, Brazil’s largest petrochemical company made out of sugar cane derivatives. [more]

  • Colourful Tablecloth

    Ecoplast Technologies Inc. is a high-tech Chinese enterprise that has been engaged in the R&D and production of bio-plastics for more than 10 years. [more]


  • Glass Fiber-Reinforced PLA

    Global custom engineered thermoplastics compounder RTP Company from Winona, Minnesota, USA, has commercialized the industry‘s first line of glass fiber-reinforced polylactic acid (PLA) compounds that overcome many limitations of unmodified PLA by delivering greater strength, stiffness, and thermal performance. [more]

  • Innovation With a Marine Focus

    New Film Products for Marine and Anaerobic Digestion [more]



  • Bioplastics Award 2011

    bioplastics MAGAZINE is grateful to European Plastics News (EPN) who founded the Bioplastics Awards in 2007 and jointly organised the award in 2010 together with bioplastics MAGAZINE. [more]

Fiber Applications

  • Spunbond-Film-Composites Made From Renewable Resources

    The main goal of a recent research project was to develop a new production process for spunbond nonwovens made from PLA to promote the use of components for spunbond/film composites, and to seek further technical applications. [more]

  • Woven Groundcover

    The AgrolysTM range has made Beaulieu Technical Textiles (BTT) the European market leader in the sector of woven groundcovers. [more]

  • Bio-Derived PET Fibers

    Teijin Fibers Limited, from Tokyo, Japan, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced that it will begin in April 2012 the full-fledged production and marketing of new plant-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber as the world’s first commercially produced partly bio-derived PET fiber.  [more]

  • Fibers and Nonwovens of PHBV/PLA

    With increasing concerns about sustainability of petrochemical resources and white pollution, development of biobased and biodegradable polymers and fibers has been of great significance. [more]


  • New PLA Resin

    The application of PLA has been limited due to its disadvantageous properties such as brittleness, low heat resistance and impact strength, and slow crystallization rate. [more]

  • High-Heat, Impact-Resistant PLA

    New technology from Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA, eliminates a property tradeoff that has prevented polylactic acid (PLA) from serving as a ‘green’ alternative to polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) in high-heat thermoformed sheet for microwavable frozen food trays, lids for hot beverage cups, and carry-out containers such as those for restaurant food, the company announced today. [more]


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