bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 05/2018

Issue 04/18 (July/August) highlights Blow Moulding, Bottles, Coffee Capsules, Pods


  • dear readers

    A lot has happened since our last issue, and there’s a lot to talk about. First, I’m proud to say that we were extremely pleased, and even overwhelmed by the massive interest in our 1st PHA platform World Congress. More than 165 interested attendees met in Cologne to listen to thought-provoking presentations from the most important stakeholders in the PHA space. In between there was ample opportunity for discussion and networking (see pp. 10 for more details). As if that weren’t enough, I then also visited Newlight Technologies at their new premises in Huntington Beach, California (see pp 12). [more]


  • EU Parliament recognises potential of bioplastics

    EP report ties in with provisions for feedstock differentiation and use of biodegradable and compostable plastics recently adopted in Waste Directive and Packaging Directive [more]

  • Picks & clicks

    Most frequently clicked news [more]

  • Kaneka expanding, plans to add PHBH capacity

    Kaneka Corporation, headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo has announced that it is planning a capacity expansion of its Takasago manufacturing facility for the production of its biodegradable polymer Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH.  [more]

  • PBAT is fully digested by microbes, say researchers

    Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag) succeeded in an interdisciplinary study to demonstrate that soil microorganisms metabolically utilised the carbon in the PBAT polymer both for energy production and also to build up microbial biomass. [more]

  • Japan to subsidize bioplastics development

    According to the Japan News the Japanese government plans to support bioplastics next fiscal year by subsidizing ‘commodity manufacturers and groups that are making efforts to replace petroleum-based plastic products with plant-based ones.. [more]

  • Blending bioplastics enhances biodegradability

    Researchers at University College Dublin (Ireland) have found a potential solution to tackling plastic waste – a new biodegradable material that safely disposes in everyday compost bins. [more]

  • PepsiCo joins NaturALL Bottle Alliance

    The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and biobased materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the development of innovative packaging solutions made with 100% sustainable and renewable resources. On Sep 10, it announced that PepsiCo, Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint. [more]

Application News

  • Tesla Epoxy surfboard

    Elon Musk, co-founder and CEO of Electric car maker Tesla sometimes comes up with weird ideas. Last July he added surfboards to Tesla’s gift shop.  [more]

  • Meat packaging from bio-PE

    La Granda, Genola, Italy, has chosen to respect the earth to produce and transform meat. Since its birth in 1996, the Cuneo consortium, specialized in the processing of meat from Piedmont for the Slow Food Presidium, is attentive to the environment and to the protection of soil fertility and biodiversity. [more]

  • New biocomposite kitchen utensils

    Stora Enso and Norwegian manufacturer of household products Orthex have collaborated on the development and production of a new range of kitchen utensils made from a biocomposite which combines the best qualities of wood and plastic. [more]

  • Dry dog food in more sustainable packaging

    Thermoplastics polyolefins producer Braskem and Only Natural Pet, a brand of natural pet supplies, have announced a new sustainable pet food packaging initiative utilizing Braskem’s sugarcane based I’m green biopolymer. [more]



  • Industrial composters: Where does your shoe pinch

    For compostable plastic products international standards, such as EN 13432 or ASTM D 6400, have been in place for many years already. However, the acceptance of – even certified – compostable plastic products in industrial composting differs significantly from country to country. [more]



  • Quo vadis PHAs?

    Plastics politics, in particular, will decide this. Congress report on the 1st PHA platform World Congress, 04-05 September Cologne, Germany [more]

  • Embracing change at Innovation Takes Root

    The sixth edition of the Innovation Takes Root 2018 conference, NatureWorks’ biannual event aimed at bringing together stakeholders across the global supply chain to connect, to explore new ideas and technological advances in the PLA space, took place September 10-12 in San Diego, California, USA. With about 350 attendees from 27 countries, it was one of the most international editions of the event to date.  [more]

Fibers & Textiles

  • PBS-based Fibres for Renewable Textiles

    Introduction On the market since the early 1990s, polybutylene succinate (PBS) has been used in many compostable applications such as packaging or agriculture products. However, the use of PBS for textile applications and filament extrusion remains relatively unexplored. The fibre extrusion process is very challenging for the polymer and more research is needed to develop PBS’s spinnability and processability into filament yarns and textiles. Consequently, a tri-national research consortium of actors from academia and industry aimed to tackle these issues within the publicly-funded CORNET project PBSTex. The goal of the PBSTex project was to investigate the usability of PBS for textile applications by means of a selection of suitable PBS polymer grades, multi-scale melt-spinning processes and the fabrication and analysis of textile demonstrators. The consortium made great steps towards closing the innovation gap of PBS in the industry. [more]

  • PHBV fibers

    Tianan Biopolymer (Beilun, Ningbo, China) has been devoted to developing PHBV fibre applications since 2010. And in 2013, The company invested to found a new company: Bioserica Fiber is the new company now focusing on producing PHBV fibres. After eight years of significant efforts, Bioserica fibres were successfully introduced. [more]

  • PHB-fibers for textiles

    Introducing a novel, biodegradable polyester fiber for the textile industry [more]

  • Technical PLA yarns and ropes

    Senbis Polymer Innovations (Emmen, the Netherlands), formerly known as API, is an independent R&D service provider to the plastic industry, which also develops specific applications on their own account utilizing biopolymers. In June 2018 the company started the first commercial scale production of PLA yarns and ropes destined for the horticulture industry. This a milestone after years of development and field tests. The yarns and ropes are 100% biobased and fully compostable in accordance with the industry standard EN13432. [more]

  • Bioplastic fibres and textiles in outdoor sports

    The Outdoor Sports industry is aware of customer sensitivity for environmental concerns as well as global driving forces toward sustainable products. In this context, most Outdoor Sports brands are considering incorporating Green Materials in its collection, aiming to go away from fossil resources-dependency [1] . [more]

From Science & Research

  • Welding of biobased plastics

    Plastics based on renewable raw materials are more and more used to manufacture complex and more durable products. This becomes possible through intensive research and development work, which is focused on the optimisation of the processing and usage properties of those materials. For this reason, new developments of injection moulded parts made of bioplastics have repeatedly been found in fields such as the automotive, electrical, sports or stationery industries. The economical production as well as the realisation of new products requires the choice of suitable joining technologies. In order to meet the increasing requirements of the modular component design, the knowledge of joining processes for the reliable joining of components made of biobased plastics is gaining in importance. The well-established series welding processes, e.g. the ultrasonic welding, offer the only economical and demand-oriented solution for many applications.  [more]

Polyurethanes & Elastomers

  • Green TPV

    Arlanxeo, a leading producer of performance elastomers headquartered in Maastricht, the Netherlands, has developed and launched a new family of thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPVs). The new TPVs combine Keltan Eco EPDM rubber with green fillers, plasticizers and thermoplastics, resulting in EPDM products with up to 90% sustainable ingredients. [more]

  • Sugarcane based EVA resin

    In line with its strategy to strengthen renewable chemicals, Braskem is launching a resin made from sugarcane. Designed for applications in industries such as footwear, automotive, transportation and others, the new product is a renewable bio-based EVA resin (ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer). [more]

  • Renewably-sourced thermoplastic elastomers under development

    Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) is starting an ambitious campaign to develop custom-engineered thermoplastic elastomers containing variable proportions of renewable raw materials. [more]


Top Talk

  • The first 100 days

    bioplastics MAGAZINE talked to Rich Altice, CEO of NatureWorks on the sidelines of the Innovation Takes Root conference in San Diego in Sept. 2018 [more]

10 Years ago

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