bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 05/2012

Issue 05/12 (Sept/Oct) features the two editorial highlights: "fibres/textiles/nonwovens" and "elastomers/polyurethanes" (among other topics). The basics section will have closer look at "Bioplastics from CO2".


  • Metabolix to cooperate with Antibióticos

    Metabolix, Inc. (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA), announced end of July that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Antibióticos S.A. for production of Mirel™ biopolymer resin (PHA) at its manufacturing facility in Leon, Spain.  [more]

  • Bio-based acrylic acid

    Presently, acrylic acid is produced by the oxidation of propylene derived from the refining of crude oil. BASF (Ludwigshafen, Germany), Cargill (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) and Novozymes (Copenhagen, Denmark) signed an agreement in mid-August to develop bio-based technologies to produce acrylic acid from renewable feedstocks. [more]

  • Waste from the race

    BASF’s biodegradable plastic Ecovio® FS Paper took center stage in a pilot project involving disposable and biodegradable tableware during the ADAC Masters Weekend motorsport event (August 24 to 26) at the German race track Lausitzring. During the weekend, the Polster Catering company (Lichtenstein, Germany) only used cardboard trays and paper plates that were compostable. Cups will follow suit next season. [more]

  • Bioplastics from Starbucks waste

    Starbucks Corporation, coffee giant headquartedered in Seattle, Washington, USA is trying to improve ways to handle their waste streams. One important step is the cooperation with biorefinery scientists to transform food waste from their stores into succinic acid, a key ingredient for making plastics and other useful products. This food waste could for example be the huge amount of stale bakery goods worldwide not only from Starbucks that might otherwise be wasted. [more]

  • Ingeo Biopolymer Stable in Landfills

    A peer-reviewed article appearing in the journal of Polymer Degradation and Stability concludes that Ingeo™ PLA is essentially stable in landfills with no statistically significant quantity of methane released. This conclusion was reached after a series of tests to ASTM D5526 and D5511 standards that simulated a century’s worth of landfill conditions. [more]

  • Biolice project launched in Brazil

    Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (Ennezat, France) has just launched its industrial project to build a biolice bioplastic granules factory in Pato Branco, Brazil. These granules are made from corn flour and are biodegradable/compostable, with the project being carried out in conjunction with the Guerra family, which is already working with Limagrain in corn seeds in Brazil.  [more]

  • An almost fully biobased tailgate

    The German Fourmotors racing team, famous for its biodiesel driven Bioconcept Car (see for example bM 01/2007, 01/2010 and 01/2012), and now closely cooperating with IfBB (Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites, Hanover University, Germany) have proudly announced the next step in their joint development. [more]

  • Environmental Communications Workshop

    False or misleading communication of environmental product properties is a widespread problem in the marketplace. [more]

  • NatureWorks broadens portfolio

    Sulzer Chemtech (Winterthur, Switzerland) has shipped proprietary production equipment to NatureWorks (Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA) facility in Blair, Nebraska that will enable NatureWorks to increase production of Ingeo™ PLA biopolymer and produce new, high-performance resins and lactides. [more]

Application News

  • PLA/wool blend for clothing

    Jiangsu Danmao Textile Co., Ltd., an eco-conscious company with manufacturing facilities in Jiangsu Province, China, specializes in producing wool fabrics for high-end fashion. The company recently developed a new range of wool fabrics blended with Ingeo™ PLA fibers. [more]

  • Blended fabric with PLA

    Jiaxing Runzhi Wenhua Chuangxiang Co Ltd is located in the Zhejiang province of China. The company recently developed a series of Ingeo™ PLA based products including underwear, camisoles, t-shirts, and infant’s wear, all of which are destined for the Chinese domestic market and sold under the YUSIRUN brand name.  [more]

  • Biodegradable toothbrush

    FRISETTA Kunststoff GmbH (based in Schönau, Germany) recently introduced their new monte-bianco NATURE, a toothbrush with a replaceable head for adults. The handle and head are made from plastic which is biodegradable according to EU 13432/EN and US ASTM D6400 standards, and has natural bristles. [more]

  • Green foam profiles

    NMC, headquartered in Eynatten, Belgium recently presented NOMAPACK® Green, the first packaging profile that is certified as biosourced, made using renewable materials and 100% recyclable. [more]

  • Airline breakfast box

    The Swedish airline Malmö Aviation has recently launched new breakfast boxes made of Invercote Bio, a bioplastics-coated paperboard. The boxes save space on board, simplify handling and have a lower environmental impact than their plastic-based predecessors. In addition the bioplastic coated paperboard exhibits a very good structural stiffness compared to any pure plastics (or bioplastics) solution. [more]

  • New BPI certified hot cup

    President Packaging (Tainan City, Taiwan) has been offering PLA coated paper cups with great success for two years now. A new insulated hot cup from this company is Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) certified and warm to the touch, not hot, when filled with a hot beverage. [more]


  • 2012 bioplastics Award

    bioplastics MAGAZINE is proud to present the five finalists for the 7th Bioplastics Award. Five judges from the academic world, the press and industry associations from America, Europa and Asia have reviewed the proposals so that we can now present details of the five most promising submissions. [more]

  • Will bioplastics benefit from Olympic boost?

    Dr John Williams, Head of Materials at bioeconomy consultants NNFCC and adviser to the London Organising Committee to the Olympic Games (LOCOG) discusses the role of sustainable packaging at the Games and asks: “Where do we go from here?” [more]

Fibers & Textiles

  • Textile bio-based materials design challenge

    A new innovation platform for designers, researchers and users  [more]

  • Bioplastics – to be walked all over

    The API Institute (Emmen, The Netherlands) is an independent institute dedicated to research into high-end applications of polymers. In recent years investigations related to the use of bioplastics have become an increasing part of the portfolio. Among other projects API is currently developing products for which the biodegradation behaviour offers an advantage.  [more]


Polyurethanes & Elastomers

  • PPC Polyol from CO2

    Jiangsu Jinlong-CAS Chemical Co., Ltd., a Chinese company focusing on the reuse of carbon dioxide emissions to create new chemical materials, has developed a highly efficient catalytic system and innovative technology to produce biodegradable aliphatic polypropylene carbonate polyol (PPC polyol) by copolymerizing CO2 with propylene oxide (PO). [more]

  • A new compostable TPE

    Thermoplastic elastomers present a unique challenge for safety and sustainability.  [more]

  • Polyurethanes from orange peel and CO2

    The Freiburg Materials Research Center (FMF) of the University of Freiburg, jointly with Volkswagen, has developed novel families of 100% renewable resource based polyurethanes derived from natural terpene oils and the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2). [more]

  • Renewable Building Blocks for Polyurethanes

    Bio-based succinic acid has emerged as one of the most competitive of the new bio-based chemicals. As a platform chemical, bio-based succinic acid has a wide range of applications, including in polyurethanes, coatings, adhesives and sealants, personal care, flavours and food. [more]

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