bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 01/2016

Issue 01/16 (Jan/Feb) highlights Foam and Automotive applications. In the Basics section we'll discuss public procurement.


  • dear readers

    Ten years of bioplastics MAGAZINE… whew – how the time has flown. I remember well how it all began. [more]


  • SPC published position paper against oxo-additives

    The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, has released a formal position paper against biodegradability additives for petroleum-based plastics, which are marketed as enhancing the sustainability of plastic by rendering the material biodegradable. [more]

  • Jumbo merger in the chemical industry

    DuPont (Wilmington, Delaware, USA) and The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, Michigan, USA) announced in mid December 2015 hat their boards of directors unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock merger of equals. [more]

  • Newlight, Innogas and FGV collaborate in Malaysia on biodegradable polymers from palm oil waste

    The world’s largest crude palm oil producer - Malaysia-based Felda Global Ventures Berhad – is collaborating with Newlight Technologies and Innogas Technologies on a project aimed at the development of biodegradable polymers from palm oil biomass waste in Malaysia. [more]

  • Anellotech brings 100 % biobased PET another step closer

    Anellotech, Pearl River, New York, USA, a sustainable technology company focused on producing cost-competitive renewable chemicals from non-food biomass, has announced that it has entered into the next phase of its strategic partnership with Osaka, Japan-based Suntory Holdings Limited, one of the world’s leading consumer beverage companies. [more]

  • BioAmber and Reverdia sign non­assertion agreement

    BioAmber Inc., which is headquartered in Montreal and Reverdia, the Netherlands-based joint venture between Royal DSM an d Roquette Frères, are both involved in the production and commercialization of bio-based succinic acid using their own unique proprietary yeast-based technologies. [more]

  • Bioplastic from biodiesel co-product glycerol

    An agreement signed today by Bio-on and S.E.C.I. S.p.A. (part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri Holding), will see Italy’s and the world’s first facility for the production of PHA bioplastics from a co-product from biodiesel production, namely glycerol. [more]

Application News

  • New biobased sustainable eyewear

    Eyewear company Charmant USA has announced the launch of Awear, a line of eco-friendly eyeglasses. [more]

  • PHA for safer toys

    Italy-based Bio-on laboratories have created a new type of bioplastic, designed to make safe and eco-sustainable children’s toys. [more]

  • New Ice-cream container

    At the SIGEP Exhibition in Rimini, Italy (23 – 27 January 2016) a new line of ice-cream containers made from BioFoam® has been introduced by the companies Erreme (Foligno, Italy) and Domogel (Costa di Mezzate, Italy). [more]





  • PLA foam expanding into new areas

    The Biopolymer Network Limited (BPN) team from Rotorua, New Zealand, who developed Zealafoam®, a PLA based alternative to expanded polystyrene (EPS), continues to develop new opportunities for bio-based foam. [more]

Material - News

  • New amorphous PHA grades as performance additives for PVC and PLA

    Metabolix (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) is launching its new line of amorphous polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) grades to be used as performance additives for PVC and PLA. [more]

  • Biobased and biodegradable thermoelastomers

    TerraVerdae BioWorks, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, an industrial biotechnology company developing advanced bioplastics and biomaterials from environmentally sustainable, single-carbon (C1) feedstocks, has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with PolyFerm, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. [more]

  • PHA in PVC-WPC applications

    In a recent blog posted by Metabolix Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communications, Lynne Brum, the use of Metabolix I6003 PHAs in WPC was touted as a “cost effective solution which imparts superior mechanical properties and process benefits in wood filled PVC building materials.” [more]



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