bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 03/2015

Issue 03/15 (May/June) 


  • 20 years certification of compostability

    In the early 1990s a piece of legislation was published with a fairly significant impact on households: citizens had to start sorting their waste. This legislation, the European Directive 94/62/EC, covering the selective collection and recycling of waste, was the first European text to feature the concept of organic recycling, better known as composting. [more]

  • Coca Cola to show 100 % biobased PlantBottle in Milan

    For its PlantBottle, Coca-Cola currently uses PET that is 30 % (by weight) renewably sourced in many of its core brands. [more]

  • Bio-On and Pizzoli collaborate to build potato waste-based PHA plant

    Bio-on S.p.A. (San Giorgio di Piano, Italy) and Pizzoli S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy) Italian potato processor will collaborate to build Italy‘s first PHAs bioplastic production plant using waste product from the potato agro-industrial process. [more]

Application News

  • Rubber seals made of Bio-EPDM

    Specialty chemicals company LANXESS (Cologne, Germany) provides its innovative bio-based Keltan Eco EPDM rubber to Freudenberg Sealing Technologies. This well-known global manufacturer of seals and vibration control technology products recently started to produce rubber seals made of Keltan Eco EPDM at its North American affiliate. [more]


  • World’s first algae-based surfboard

    University of California San Diego’s efforts to produce innovative and sustainable solutions to the world’s environmental problems have resulted in a partnership with the region’s surfing industry to create the world’s first algae-based, sustainable surfboard. [more]


  • Basalt fibers in biocomposites

    Basaltex® is a Belgian based company who introduced the basalt fiber to the European Market. It has many years of experience in basalt fibers and its applications. [more]

  • Carbon footprint of flax, hemp, jute and kenaf

    1 Introduction Natural fibres are an environmentally friendly alternative to glass and mineral fibres. In the last twenty years more and more natural fibres have started being used in biocomposites, mainly for the automotive sector and also as insulation material.  [more]

  • powerRibs technology

    Well-known concepts Back in 2010, two PhD students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) were discussing a technical problem during a run in the forest. They wanted to develop a natural fibre composite tube which was lighter and stiffer than the carbon composite version.  [more]



Injection Moulding


  • Holland Bioplastics New association shares knowledge and connects parties around bioplastics

    Attention for bioplastics is increasing in the Netherlands. There are both national and international companies that focus on the production and processing of bioplastics. However, there is still a need for further awareness of the benefits of using bioplastics both in the public and business domain. In an attempt to increase awareness and understanding of bioplastics in the Netherlands, Holland Bioplastics was recently formed.  [more]

Show Review

  • CHINAPLAS 2015 Review

    CHINAPLAS 2015, held from 20-23 May 2015 in Guangzhou, has again set new records with unprecedented scale, with a gross exhibition area exceeding 240,000 m² and over 3,200 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions. After our show preview in the last issue, our reporters did not report about significant breakthrough developemnts in the field of bioplastics at this year’s Chinaplas. Thus we just present a few news from the Bioplastics Zone, that comprised again a total of 28 companies plus another 23 companies showcasing bioplastics products or services in other halls. [more]


  • Fully biobased epoxy resin from lignin

    Thermosets Thermosets are polymeric materials generated by irreversible crosslinking of multifunctional monomers or oligomers thus forming a three dimensional network out of the initial resin system. Obviously, thermoset properties depend both on the monomer structure and on the architecture of the network. [more]

  • 100 % bio-based epoxy compounds

    Nagase ChemteX is a Japanese chemical manufacturer and is supplying high-performance, high added-value chemical products to meet their customers’ needs in a number of sectors, from electronics and life sciences to automobiles and the sustainability business. [more]

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