bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2014

Issue 01/14 (Jan/Feb) is done and currently being printed. It features Bioplastics in Automotive Applications and Foam. We report about Pharmafilter and Recycling issues. In the basics section we cover Land use for bioplastics ...


  • Bio-based engineering plastic for automotive touch panels

    Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan) recently announced the development of a new grade of high-performance, high-transparency bio-based engineering plastic called DURABIOTM, using plant-derived isosorbide as its raw material.  [more]

  • Biodegradable exfoliator for shower gels

    Lessonia (Saint-Thonan – France) is a leading supplier of natural exfoliators for shower gels and peeling products. The company recently launched CELLULOSCRUB™, a major innovation to replace the polyethylene beads in cosmetic products. Celluloscrub is a 100% renewable and biodegradable exfoliating ingredient made of modified cellulose extracted from wood pulp. It is said to offer the same high performance of PE. [more]

  • Compostable micro-irrigation systems

    Four companies are working together in the European Project DRIUS; the Spanish company Extruline Systems, the Israeli Metzerplas, the Spanish research organization AIMPLAS (Technological Institute of Plastics) and OWS N.V. (Belgium), as coordinator.  [more]

  • Pretreating cellulosic biomass

    Aphios Corporation of Woburn, Massachussetts, USA recently today announced that it was granted a US patent for its cellulosic biomass pretreatment technology platform (Aosic). [more]


  • New bioplastic applications in windows

    More and more architects and clients are demanding new, ecologically viable products which have maximum potential for reducing CO2 and conserving natural resources. With its green generation of products, German window and façade expert Schüco from Bielefeld is addressing the issue of finding potential alternative materials for petroleum based plastics.  [more]


  • Bio-PPA to replace metal & rubber

    Rilsan® HT, the first flexible thermoplastic from the polyphthalamide (PPA) family available on the market, combines high temperature resistance with flexibility. [more]

  • Biomaterials at Ford

    As it is well-known, Ford Motor Company’s efforts to implement recycled and renewable materials in their vehicles are about a century old. In the early twentieth century, it was Henry Ford himself who led those efforts. [more]

  • PLA compounds for the automotive sector

    Röchling Automotive (headquartered in Mannheim Germany) is now prepared to produce a wide range of automotive plastic parts made of Plantura™ PLA based biopolymers. According to the specialists in airflow, acoustic and thermal solutions for passenger cars and trucks, Plantura is a very interesting ecological and economical alternative to the usage of other (conventional) thermoplastic materials used for such applications today. [more]

  • PA 410 makes inroads into automotive market

    Polyamides based on renewable feedstocks are well suited for high-performance applications in the automotive industry, where OEMs are particularly keen to improve the sustainability of their operations and of their vehicles. DSM’s polyamide 410, trade named EcoPaXX®, is 70% bio-based derived from a renewable feedstock, castor oil.  [more]


  • PLA foam protects ice cream

    Sandro Zandonella, and his ancestors of the Zandonella family, have produced and sold gourmet ice cream for four generations - not in Italy, as the name would suggest, but in Landau, Germany. The ice cream specialties are not only sold in their local ice cream parlours but are also available in single-serve and multi packs, as well as in household size containers. [more]



  • Foam grade PBAT

    Jinhui ZhaoLong High Tech Co.Ltd is located at Shanxi Province, China with an annual PBAT (polybutylene adipate-co-terephthalate) production capacity of 20,000 tonnes.  [more]

  • Mushroom packaging

    About a year and a half ago Sealed Air Corporation (Elmwood Park, New Jersey, USA) and Ecovative Design LLC (Green Island, New York) completed an agreement about the production, sales and distribution of Ecovative’s EcoCradle® Mushroom® Packaging, a unique technology for environmentally responsible packaging materials made from agricultural byproducts and mycelium, or mushroom roots. [more]


  • Do bioplastics disturb recycling streams?

    Just as a reminder: Bioplastics are A) biobased plastics made from renewable resources (which can be biodegradable or not) or B) biodegradable plastics (which can be made from renewable resources or not), thus some bioplastics are both (see also definition on page 38). [more]

  • Recycling of PLA for packaging applications

    In cooperation with two Belgian Institutes (Celabor of Herve, and Flanders’ PlasticVision Kortrijk) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) in Darmstadt, Germany, the Institute of Plastic Processing (IKV), Aachen, analyses the recycling of PLA in flat film extrusion. [more]

  • Reinventing waste as a resource

    Bacteria and biopolymers key players in innovative hospital waste management system [more]

Cover 01/2014zoom