bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 02/2015

Issue 02/15 (Mar/Apr) 

News

  • Additives to biodegrade plastics don’t work

    A new study from Michigan State University shows that several additives that claim to break down polyethylene (i. e., plastic bags) and polyethylene terephthalate (i. e., soda bottles) simply don’t work in common disposal situations such as landfills or composting. [more]

  • Biotec and Kaneka join forces

    BIOTEC GmbH & Co. KG (Emmerich am Rhein, Germany) and Kaneka Corporation (Osaka, Japan) signed a broad Joint Development Agreement for the application of biopolymers. [more]

  • Australasian Bioplastics Association and DIN CERTCO cooperate in certification

    The Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) has entered into a Cooperation Agreement with certification body DIN CERTCO of Germany for the certification of conformance to the Australian Standard AS 4736-2006 under the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) verification programme. This Australian Standard covers Biodegradable Plastics suitable for industrial composting. The Agreement was signed by Robert Zorn, Managing Director of DIN CERTCO, and Rowan Williams, President of the Australasian Bioplastics Association Inc. On January 28th 2015 in the presence of the European Bioplastics. It will also cover assessment of products and materials destined for home composting in compliance with Australian Standard AS 5810-2010 and also in the future the certification of products or materials claiming biobased content. With this agreement DIN CERTCO ensures the future assessment of applications according to the conformity mark, “Seedling Australasia” or commonly known as the “looped seedling logo”, issued by the ABA. [more]

  • Milan court finds for Novamont, OPA “ridicules ruling“

    The Court of Milan has ruled in favour of Italian biotech firm Novamont in its case against masterbatch producer Kromabatch Srl, over the latter‘s claim that traditional plastics with added d2w could be considered biodegradable or oxo-biodegradable according to the European standard UNI EN 13432. [more]

  • Clear standards for biobased products

    Commissioned by the EU, Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research (Wageningen, the Netherlands) is performing pre-normative research into standards for biobased products. Using laboratory research and its knowledge and experience with biobased products, Food & Biobased Research and project coordinator NEN are looking into the demand for specific labelling for and consumer information on biobased products. [more]

  • Re-Invention of Plastics via Renewable Chemical

    Innoplast’s 5th conference on BioPlastics, held in Miami (Florida, USA) end of January was attended by over 100 participants representing 14 countries.  [more]

Application News

  • Organic tea packaging

    Innovia Films has announced that Carrington Tea (Closter, New Jersey, USA) is using biobased and home as well as industrial compostable NatureFlex™ packaging films for their Carrington Organics Tea line. High barriers to oxygen and moisture ensure product freshness. [more]

Applications

  • Biotex Flax improves impact performance for bamboo bike

    Composites Evolution’s Biotex Flax has been used by Guapa Cycles to improve the impact performance of its Urban One Bamboo bicycle. [more]

  • First bioplastic baby spoon

    Once again, Holle from Riehen, Switzerland is illustrating what sustainable production means to them: With the first baby spoons worldwide that are made from high-quality organic and 100 % renewable material they are offering parents an alternative to plastic or metal spoons. The spoons were recently unveiled on the Biofach exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany. [more]

  • Kuskoa Bi – the first bioplastic chair

    The comfortable and generously-sized Kuskoa Bi, designed by Jean Louis Iratzoki is the first chair on the market to be manufactured in bioplastic. [more]

Certification

  • OK biodegradable MARINE:

    Vinçotte offers a new certificate to verify the claims of marine biodegradability: OK biodegradable MARINE. However, given that putting a product on the market as marine biodegradable is an extremely sensitive issue that quickly gets a negative connotation many certification bodies will not risk burning their fingers on this topic. [more]

Cover-Story

Event

  • SUSTPACK 2015 in Orlando

    In early April, GreenBlue‘s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and Smithers Pira, in association with Packaging Digest, held the first edition of SUSTPACK 2015: Collaborating to Move Sustainability Forward in Orlando, Florida, USA. SUSTPACK 2015 brought together CPGs, researchers, suppliers and sustainability experts – including Dow, Walmart, MIT, Target, 3M, Pepsi, Tetra Pak, Georgia Pacific, Annie‘s, the U.S. EPA, Johnson & Johnson and more – for two+ full days of intense examination of the materials, technologies and strategies needed to understand the dynamics driving the sustainable packaging industry forward. [more]

  • Biobased Material of the Year

    For the eighth year running the Innovation Award Biobased Material of the Year will be awarded to the young, innovative biobased material industry, finding suitable applications and markets for biobased products. [more]

Material - News

Materials

  • Itaconic acid-based monomers and polymers

    The mission of Advanced Polymer Materials (APM), a company formed in 2007 as a spin-off for new business initiatives proposed by researchers of the University of Ferrara (Italy), is to provide technical assistance for processing and quality control of several kinds of polymer materials, such as thermoplastic commodities, thermosets and UV curable mixtures. [more]

NPE Review

  • NPE Review

    Greenpack LLC from Guatemala presented biodegradable disposables made from non edible yam starch that they crop themselves in Guatemala. “Our material is lightweight, low cost and easy to process. [more]

Polyurethanes & Elastomers

  • Bio-based PolyTHF

    BASF has announced that it is now offering bio-based Polytetrahydrofuran 1000 (PolyTHF 1000) for the first time. The company is providing this intermediate to selected partners for testing various applications in a large scale. [more]

  • Biobased TPE to create innovative new products

    In 2011 Green Dot (Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA) introduced Terratek Flex, the first biodegradable, thermoplastic elastomer available in the North American market. [more]

  • A milestone towards biobased polyurethanes

    At the European Coatings Show 2015 from April 21 – 23 in Nuremberg, Germany, the industry’s largest event worldwide, Bayer MaterialScience (Leverkusen, Germany) will be introducing new milestones in polyurethanes, underscoring its global leadership in polyurethane raw materials for high-performance and environmentally compatible coatings and adhesives as well as its alignment on the needs of its customers. [more]

  • First biobased TPE suspension for bed slats

    OMFI srl (Camparada, Italy) run by Pietro Frigerio, is a company of excellence in high technology plastic injection molding. The company has recently designed and created an innovative green alternative in bed slat suspensions.  [more]

  • New bioderived Elastane for knit and woven fabrics

    INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated producers of polymers and fibres, and owner of the LYCRA® brand, headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, USA, has introduced the only commercial offering of a bio-derived spandex available globally and for use in a wide variety of apparel fabrics and garments.  [more]

  • High-quality alternative polyols

    RAMPF Eco Solutions (Pirmasens, Germany) — a leading provider of chemical solutions for manufacturing high-quality alternative polyols — is looking to impress visitors to UTECH 2015, the international specialist trade fair for polyurethane in Maastricht from April 14 – 16, through price savings over primary polyols, a reduction in disposal costs, and active environmental protection achieved by recycling raw materials.  [more]

Report

  • Polypropylene from palm oil

    The government of Indonesia is currently conducting a feasibility study to see if crude palm oil (CPO) could be used as an alternative raw material source for the plastics industry in a move that could cut costs and use more renewable materials, according to a government official.  [more]

Rigid Packaging

  • Thermoformable high-barrier material

    Used by some of the worlds leading retailers and processors Plantic Technologies Ltd (Altona, Victoria, Australia) thermoformable bottom webs are providing a new class in ultra-high barrier films made from renewable and reclyable materials and are a cost effective replacement for conventional oil based films. [more]

  • New bio-based, solvent-free lidding films

    In early March of this year Toray Plastics (America), Inc. from North Kingstown, Rhode Island, announced the introduction of new biobased lidding films. [more]

  • New cast PLA films

    Chemical Works NITRO-CHEM S.A. located in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in cooperation with Corbion Purac, are developing TRINIFLEX® cast PLA films for rigid and thermoformable packaging. [more]

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