bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 04/2017

Issue 04/17 (Jul/Aug) highlights Blow Moulding, Bottle Applications, Biocomposites and Scandinavia special


  • Dear Readers

    Thanks a lot to those of you, who gave me feedback on my critical article in our previous issue about the plastics-eating wax moths, and about the way a good part of the press dealt with it. Just recently, another case came to my attention… . Adidas announced at a conference in New York that it had developed a prototype shoe, with uppers made of protein-based fibres that replicate spider silk. It didn’t take long for the “press” to turn this into “Adidas to launch biodegradable shoes that dissolve in 36 hours”, extolling the material’s “sustainable” properties… “material that can go back into the Earth”… and so on. No mention at all about whether the whole shoe was made of biodegradable materials, or about the end-of life options of the shoe. Waste disposal contractors will certainly be sceptical about having shoes end up in the biowaste collection system. And of course nobody wants to find ‘biodegradable’ shoes in parks, forests or the ocean. The whole project leaves a lot more questions open than it answers. See a short note on p.19. [more]


  • Biodegradable mulch films supported in revision of EU fertilisers regulation

    In mid July the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its report amending the European Commission’s proposal for a revision of the Fertilisers Regulation. In its report, the IMCO Committee acknowledges the innovative potential of biodegradable mulch films which provide positive agronomical effects and help to avoid the generation of microplastics on fields. European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry in Europe, welcomes the support for this modern and efficient agricultural practice by the members of the IMCO Committee as well as the opinion-giving expert Committees on Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI) and on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). [more]

  • Arkema's bio-PA11 plant to double production capacity

    In line with its strategy to accelerate the development of its advanced materials business, Arkema has announced a major investment project in its biosourced polyamide 11 facilities in Asia. [more]

  • European Bioplastics elected new board

    European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association representing the interests of the bioplastics industry in Europe, has elected a new Board on 21 June 2017 to serve a two-year term. In a clear vote of confidence, the General Assembly of EUBP affirmed the strategic direction set by the previous Board and re-elected François de Bie (Total Corbion PLA) as Chairman of the Board for a third term. Mariagiovanna Vetere (NatureWorks) and Henri Colens (Braskem) have been designated as Vice Chairpersons. [more]

  • New book

    The new book “Bio-based Plastics for Food Packaging Applications”, published by Smithers-Pira discusses the development of bio-based plastics and associated nanocomposites in order to achieve targeted structural morphologies, and physical and chemical properties for use in food-packaging applications. In line with bio-based and/or biodegradable plastic matrices, the current status of the development of multifaceted bionanofillers is also explored in detail. [more]

  • Affordable biobased food packaging

    The cost of biobased plastics is a factor currently inhibiting the use of bioplastics in injection moulded food packaging applications. Price-competitive food packaging based on biobased plastics, however, may now be on the way. [more]

Application News

  • Green credit card

    As the nation’s first bank, The German Triodos Bank (Frankfurt, Germany – headquartered in Zeist, The Netherlands) will use credit cards made of bioplastics for its “GrünCard Plus MasterCard”. This new generation of credit cards made from polylactic acid (PLA) is not produced from fossil fuels but from renewable raw materials. [more]

  • Bed slat holders

    A key product manufactured by Grund GmbH & Co. KG, a plastics converter based in Oberwiesenthal, Germany, is bed slat holders. The company is now expanding their traditional product offering by using Dryflex Green thermoplastic elastomers from Hexpol TPE in their new generation bed slat holders. [more]

  • Barefoot shoe made from algae

    It is well known that algal blooms threaten marine environments all over the World. Chemical wastes – notably containing phosphorous and nitrates, often found in fertilizers – are seeping into waterways and creating conditions that trigger the uncontrollable growth of Algae. Algae is said to release toxins harmful to humans and animals, as well as depleting oxygen in the water and blocking sunlight – vital components to a healthy marine ecosystem. This can lead to mass deaths of local wildlife (marine mammals, fish-stocks, birds) and the pollution of drinking water and the air we breathe. [more]

  • Outdoor shoes with bio-succinic acid

    Reverdia’s Biosuccinium® has been used in the production of bio-based materials for VAUDE’s new Skarvan range. As part of the completely redesigned Summer 2018 Shoe Collection, the Tettnang, Germany based company offers consumers a sustainable choice of trekking shoes with high-end design and were unveiled at the OutDoor 2017 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany. [more]

  • Nespresso - increase aluminium recycling rate

    Still using aluminium for their coffee capsules for a good reason, namely aroma barrier, Nespresso (headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland) is trying to improve the overall carbon footprint per cup of coffee. The machines for example shall be more energy efficient and the weight of the aluminum per capsule to be reduced. And number 3, the company wants to further increase the recycling rate [1]. [more]

  • Biodegradable shoe?

    Adidas, a German multinational corporation, headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, designs and manufactures shoes, clothing and accessories. Recently Adidas unveiled the world’s first performance shoe made using Biosteel® fibre – a replication of natural silk – at a trade show in New York, USA. According the the press release, the Adidas Futurecraft Biofabric features include being 100 % biodegradable through a fully natural process. [more]



Book Review

  • More with Less welcome to the precision economy

    Mankind is about to turn upside down economic self-evident truths, by the breakthrough of precision technologies like solar energy and precision agriculture, and by precision social arrangements like sharing instead of owning. So far, mankind could only produce more wealth by using more feedstock, depleting the earth’s resources and polluting the environment. Precision will end this practice. Precision will enable us to produce products better tuned to the needs of consumers, from less resources. [1] [more]


  • Composites going green

    Biocomposites, wood and natural fibres as well as bio-based polymers at COMPOSITES EUROPE 2017 [more]

  • New line of biobased biocomposites

    Green Dot Bioplastics has developed a new line of biocomposites combining natural fibers and Braskem’s I’m Green™ biobased polyethylene. Terratek® biobased biocomposites are designed to meet the rapidly growing consumer demand for more sustainable plastic for durable goods. Terratek bicomposites can be made with a variety of natural fibers and agricultural byproducts including wood, corncob, hemp, jute, flax, banana fibers, neem, or wheat stalk. The company specializes in creating custom formulations to meet the specific value propositions for a product or market segment. [more]

  • Biocomposite footbridges

    Seeking a durable and sustainable alternative to steel footbridges, the Port of Rotterdam contacted Dutch composite experts Fibercore Europe in 2010. This year, 14 new biobased polymer composite footbridges made by FiberCore will be installed in the port of Rotterdam, bringing the total to 22. [more]

  • Continuous production of all-natural fibre composites

    Scientists at Germany’s first and only Federal Cluster of Excellence MERGE have developed a promising method for sustainable large-scale production of biobased fibre-plastic compounds. [more]

Blow Moulding

  • PEF bottle blowing

    Since its establishment in October 2016, Synvina has laid a solid foundation for the establishment of a 50,000 tonnes value chain for 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) and poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF), building on synergies between its two parent companies Avantium and BASF as well as its partners. Important milestones have already been reached, amongst which a grant of 25 million EUR from the European Joint Undertaking on the Bio-Based Industries (BBI) for these efforts and interim approval of the European PET bottle platform for market introduction of Synvina’s PEF at this scale. [more]

  • New drinking bottle made of biobased polyamide

    The LUDAVI drink bottle is the ideal new companion for all sports fans. Made of the transparent TROGAMID® Terra biopolymer by Evonik Industries, it stands out for its trendy look and high-quality material that makes it virtually indestructible. [more]

Brand Owners


  • Green solutions for outdoor life

    “The Scandinavian and Nordic countries have long fostered a culture of sustainability and green thinking is not new,” says Klas Dannäs, Global R&D Coordinator at Thermoplastic Elastomers compounding group HEXPOL TPE. “What we’re doing with the development of our biobased TPEs is creating new possibilities to achieve these goals. Dryflex Green TPEs make it easier for customers to meet application and material demands, while deploying global resources in a sustainable way. At our site in Sweden, we’re lucky to operate from a beautiful location surrounded by a picturesque lake and countryside, we plan to keep it that way. [more]

  • New additive grades US-FDA approved

    Perstorp (Malmö, Sweden) has acquired food contact use approval for its Capa™ for Bioplastics product grades 6500D and the new 6800D. By adding Capa 6800D to its product portfolio, Perstorp can now offer a higher molecular weight product to give customers more choices and flexibility in finding the right formulation. Capa 6500D and Capa 6800D now approved for food contact use in the US. (Food Contact Notification by FDA) [more]

  • Biobased aniline for Polyurethanes

    Covestro (Leverkusen, Germany) has scored a research breakthrough for the use of plant-based raw materials in plastics production: aniline, an important basic chemical, can now be derived from biomass. The materials manufacturer achieved this by collaborating with partners on the development of a completely new process, initially in the laboratory. Until now, only fossil raw materials had been used for the production of aniline, which plays an important role in the chemical industry and is used as starting material for numerous products. [more]

  • Limonene based polycarbonate

    A by-product of the juice industry can replace BPA in polycarbonate [more]

  • Flexible laminates

    BioPBS offers sealing solution for home compostable flexible packaging [more]


  • Bioplastics role in the New Plastic Economy

    Bioplastics are shaping our economy as they increase in use and feasibility. There are still vast amounts of room to grow. Currently, petroleum-based plastics follow a linear economy model, severely damaging the environment and contributing to alarming amounts of waste. By shifting to a circular economy, we can emphasize sustainable feed stocks while also reducing plastic waste. [more]


  • New cooperation in Northern Europe

    Danish Maistic Bio Group expands corp oration with bioplastic Chinese developer Torise Biomaterials [more]

  • Bioplastics Survey

    In this edition of our series “special focus on certain geographical areas” we have a closer look to Scandinavia. The little non-representative survey in this article shall again help to get an idea about the general perception of bioplastics in these countries. [more]

  • High-quality PLA

    from the world’s most state-of-the-art PLA production line [more]

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