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  • Announcing the finalists for the Bioplastics Award 2018


    For the 13th time now, the international trade publication bioplastics MAGAZINE is honoured to present the "Bioplastics Oskar". This year’s line-up is one of the most international in the history of the awards.

    Five judges from the academic world, the press and industry associations from America, Europa and Asia have selected the five finalists for the 13th Bioplastics Award. The prize will be awarded to the winner on December 4th, 2018 during the 13. European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin / Germany.

    The 13th Bioplastics Award recognises innovation, success and achievements by manufacturers, processors, brand owners, or users of bioplastic materials. To be eligible for consideration in the awards scheme the proposed company, product, or service must have been developed or have been on the market during 2017 or 2018.

    The 5 shortlisted companies/products are (without any ranking):

    Loliware (USA)
    Lolistraw - edible and hypercompostable straws
    Produced and used in increadible volumes, yet too small to be recycled, plastic straws tend to usuallyend up in landfills and waterways, where they linger indefinitely. Determined to do something aabout this, Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker, co-founders of Loliware in New York, USA, have developed the Lolistraw. Hypercompostable and edible, the Lolistraw is made from Loliware’s patent pending, seaweed-based, home compostable, marine-degradable, and non-GMO material. The material breaks down in the organics bin alongside food waste in 60 days or less.
    Seaweed is a renewable resource that does not require land resources and actually absorbs CO2, which is why a seaweed-based product has an environmental advantage.
    The initial texture of Lolistraw is like plastic, but can be made with a flavour or with added nutrients. Before traceless disposal, Lolistraw will last for up to 8 hours in a beverage and has a shelf life of up to 24 months. When the consumers are done sipping their drink, they can eat the straw or compost it.
    As Leigh Ann Tucker said: “Our world needs a radically new approach to our daily consumption of single-use plastics which too often go to landfill or pollute oceans. Our solutions transform disposables into plant fuel through composting, or human fuel through consumption.”

    Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
    The world’s first biobased circular car
    aThe world’s first biobased circular car, designed and built in the Netherlands by the Technical University of Eindhoven, was presented earlier this year by the team of students responsible for its design and realization.
    This is the first time that a car chassis and all bodywork has been made from natural and biobased materials - no metal or traditional plastics were used for the structural parts of the car. The parts are made up of light and strong sandwich panels, based on natural fiber flax and LuminyR PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA.
    The car, named Noah by the TU/ ecomotive student team, was designed as a city car and features two seats and a spacious trunk. Noah is currently undertaking a European tour of car manufacturers, suppliers and universities to inspire others. In addition to its biobased composition, it is also ultra-light and electricallypowered. Noah reaches a top speed of 110 km/h and the battery range lasts up to 240 km. At 360 kg, the weight of the car excluding batteries is less than half the weight of comparable production cars. In addition to being biobased, the parts are also recyclable, resulting in a 100% circular car, sustainable in all life phases.
    The PLA supplied by Total Corbion PLA for use in the car is biobased and recyclable and made from renewable resources, offering a reduced carbon footprint versus many traditional plastics. High heat Luminy PLA grades were used to construct the car, in order to ensure durability and sufficient heat resistance.

    Aakar Innovations (India)
    Compostable sanitary napkins for India’s girls and women

    Menstruation, the most natural biological phenomenon for women, is considered unclean and impure throughout India. This is reflected in the way the entire concept of menstrual hygiene is handled. The shame, the secrecy, lack of access to clean pads or toilet facilities further adds to the challenges.
    Issues such as a lack of awareness, lack of access, and un-affordability force approximately 300 million women to rely on old rags, plastic, sand, and ash to address their sanitation needs during their menstrual cycle.
    The 12 % that do have access throw away approximately 433 million napkins every month generatinga a potential of 9,000 tonnes of sanitary waste in India. Furthermore, more than 80 % of this waste is either flushed down the toilet or ends up dumped in a landfill.
    Aakar Innovations (Belapur, Mumbai, India) endeavour to break the silence around the issue of menstrual hygiene and provide knowledge and guidance to all stakeholders, especially adolescent girls.
    Aakar is a hybrid social enterprise that enables women to produce and distribute affordable, high-quality, 100 % compostable sanitary napkins within their communities while simultaneously raising awareness and sensitization of menstrual hygiene management. That’s why Aakar launched a 100 % compostable sanitary pad under the brand name Anandi.
    Anandi is a 100 % compostable sanitary napkin using biobased compostable polymer film. It uses virgin soft pine wood pulp containing more than 97 % of cellulose and hemi-cellulose. The wood pulp as used has pure cellulose materials with complete uniformity of fibers allowing it to decompose easily. Activated by an only eco-friendly ozone treatment process and using compostable bioplastic. The material used is derived from naturally available corn starch.

    Bio4Pack (Germany)
    PLA meat tray for fresh meat

    aAfter many years of development in cooperation with several major companies in the meat and packaging industry, Bio4Pack has launched a completely new sustainable packaging for fresh meat made from renewable raw materials. In a world first, this important category, now has a full-fledged alternative to fossil-fuel based conventional packaging, and can switch to a more sustainable option.
    The tray is thermoformed from sugarcane based PLA and the transparent multilayer lid is made up of a layer of cellulose based film and a layer of a PBS/ PBAT/PLA blend. Even the cellulose absorption pad is biobased and compostable.
    The fresh meat packaging from Bio4Pack makes an important contribution to the acceptance and application of bioplastics and thus has a positive influence on the development of a circular economy.
    The Bio4Pack meat packaging meet all requirements with regard to food safety and can easily be processed on all conventional packaging machines. The Bio4Pack meat trays are available in various colors and sizes. The packaging has an EN13432 certificate for compostability and is 4-star biobased rated.
    Recycling preferred
    The meat tray is manufactured from renewable raw materials (sugar cane) that ensure an important CO2 saving. Although the complete packaging is compliant to EN 13432, Bio4pack and other stakeholders in Holland are investigating the best way to recycle PLA. 

    PepsiCo and Danimer Scientific (USA)
    Gen 2 biobased/compostable Flexible Package

    Since the launch of a 100 % PLA based compostable snack bag in 2009, PepsiCo has been working in conjunction with Danimer to develop the next generation of biobased resins that could enable industrial compostable snack bags with the right balance of sustainability, performance and cost. The new Danimer resins are blends of biopolymers and mineral filler. PepsiCo developed the right supply chain partners and worked on optimizing the conversion of these core films to barrier films and ssubsequently fully laminated film structures that meet their performance specs. This next generation bag is comparable in feel, noise and performance to PepsiCo’s current bags and certified to be industrially compostable by TUV Austria. Plans are to pilot the new biobased structures in Chile and India later this year. In the meantime, Danimer and PepsiCo are collaborating on a Generation 3 chip bag that is based on Danimer’s PHA technology and will be fully biodegradable in home composting environments.
    By introducing an industrial compostable chip bag to replace an article that is unable to be recycled, this could have a large impact in the marketplace. PepsiCo’s Performance with Purpose has integrated sustainability into their business strategy and a major component of this agenda is to create packaging that is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable for all their products by end of 2025 and at the same time contributing towards the goal of 20 % reduction of GHG across the value chain. A compostable chip bag offers PepsiCo a chance to be a market leader in sustain able snack food packaging and help drive competitors to deliver products that have a reduced impact on the environment. |

  • Stora Enso’s Lignin Wins IChemE Innovative Product Award


    Lineo by Stora Enso, a lignin-based product launched by the renewable materials company earlier this year, has been awarded ‘Innovative Product Award 2018’ by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE).

    Shortlisted alongside products from a range of companies including Dow and Johnson Matthey, the judges chose Stora Enso as the winner “for creating a new bio-based, sustainable material to replace fossil-fuels used in coatings and adhesives”. IChemE recognised Lineo as a versatile solution made from lignin, one of the main building blocks of a tree.

    Lineo has applications in a range of areas where fossil-based materials are currently used. A renewable replacement for oil-based phenolic materials, it can be used in resins for adhesives e.g. in plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), paper lamination and insulation material. Stora Enso is also researching new uses for Lineo, including formaldehyde-free binders, carbon fibre and energy storage applications.

    Stora Enso has been producing lignin industrially at its Sunila Mill in Finland since 2015 and the mill has a yearly capacity of 50,000 tonnes. The company is the largest kraft lignin producer in the world.

    Markus Mannström, Executive Vice President of the Stora Enso Biomaterials division, says, “Lineo is one of Stora Enso’s key renewable solutions and we are proud that it has, once again, been recognised as an important product by top chemical industry representatives. Lineo has many potential uses across diverse industries and promotes the optimised use of natural and bio-based resources. At Stora Enso, we continue to believe that everything made from fossil-based materials today, can be made from a tree tomorrow.”

  • BASF produces methanol according to the biomass balance approach


    BASF has started production of methanol on the basis of renewable raw materials according to the biomass balance approach. The product name is EU-REDcert-methanol. The company replaces fossil raw materials with second-generation renewable raw materials and uses waste as well as residual materials.

    nAs a result, BASF reduces emissions of climate-damaging greenhouse gases by at least 50 percent compared with conventionally produced methanol. In terms of its chemical and physical characteristics, biomass balanced methanol is identical to methanol produced from fossil resources. BASF markets the EU-REDcert-methanol to customers and also uses it itself as an intermediate for other biomass balanced products.

    Methanol is an important raw material for many products from different value chains and application areas. Derived products such as formaldehyde, acetic acid and methylamines are very important in terms of volume. Other important derivatives include methyl tert-butyl ether, methyl methacrylate, polyalcohols and silicones. Methanol also serves as an energy supplier and can be used as a raw material for chemical conversion into other fuels or fuel additives.

    Methanol certified according to REDcert standard
    The EU-REDcert-methanol is certified according to the REDcert standard. The certificate, which was founded by leading associations and organizations of the German agricultural and biofuel industry, proves the sustainable origin of the biomass used and the information on the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a standard for use as biofuel, recognized by the European Commission under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

    The biomass balance approach is comparable to the green electricity principle. The electricity taken from the socket does not necessarily come from renewable energy, but the corresponding amount of renewable energy is fed into the grid. Another decisive factor in the biomass balance approach is that the proportion of renewable raw materials in the system as a whole is correct and is mathematically assigned to the certified BASF products. The process is used for numerous BASF products (e.g. superabsorbents, dispersions and plastics) that are independently certified.

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