bioplastics MAGAZINE Issue 03/2019

Issue 03/19 (March/April) Highlights Microplastics, Mind the right terms, Captured CO2 vs. biobased, Toys, Injection Moulding


  • dear readers

    The hottest bioplastics news to break these past two months was surely the publication in April of a study from the University of Plymouth. Taken up and amplified by numerous journalists - including the yellow press – in addition to receiving TV coverage and drawing the attention of many serious publications, it has certainly roiled the bioplastics debate. The study appeared under the title “Environmental Degradation of Biodegradable, Degradable and Conventional Plastic Carrier Bags in the Sea, Soil and Open-Air Over a Three-Year Period“, and sparked blaring headlines, including “‘Biodegradable plastic bags survive three years in soil and sea”.  [more]


Application News

  • Plant-based performance shoes

    Leading global barefoot shoe company Vivobarefoot (London, UK) recently announced the launch of Primus Lite II Bio, the company’s most innovative sustainable shoe to-date and one of the world’s first plant-based performance shoes. The mission-driven brand unveiled the highly anticipated unisex shoe on the heels of independent sustainability research, which highlighted eco materials as a key factor in consumer purchasing decisions. The Primus Lite II Bio has been available in a limited run online since May 20th, 2019.  [more]

  • Swedish outdoor brand switches to bioplastic

    As of this year Swedish Light my Fire (Malmö) transitioned its entire product line to biobased plastics, featuring a new palette of warm and soft colors inspired by nature. “We’re always looking to use the most sustainable raw materials,” says CEO Calill Odqvist Jagusch. “By experimenting with various biobased plastics, we’ve found a solution that meets our sustainability objectives while not compromising on our product’s functionality and durability.” [more]

  • Spectacles from coffee and flax

    The first Kickstarter campaign with a collection of sunglasses, made from organic coffee residues and flax resulting in durable eyewear that smells of coffee, was a full success in 2018. Now Ochis Coffee (Washington DC, USA) launched a new collection of Ochis Coffee eyewear. Founder Max Gavrilenko wanted to avoid the use of petroleum based plastic: “We use recyclables for the glasses production: coffee grounds and flax. They’re glued together by a biopolymer based on vegetable oil,” Max said. the frame smells slightly of freshly roasted coffee and has a matte texture that is pleasant to the touch. The polarized lenses with UV-filter are made of cellulose triacetate and feature an anti-scratch coating.  [more]

  • First modular storage system from Bio-on’s bioplastic

    Only a few short months following the announcement of the alliance between Kartell (Noviglio, Italy), a leading design company, and biotechnology company Bio-on (Bologna, Italy), the first fruits of the partnership are being exhibited at the Salone del Mobile, Milan (Italy). [more]


  • Cosmetic tubes from bio-PE

    Saving resources, recyclable and promoting sales [more]

  • This spoon does the rest!

    Whether yoghurt cups or jam jars, peanut butter, chocolate cream, bottled baby food or other packaged pasty food: significant residual quantities remain in all the containers of these products even after they have been emptied. In some cases, we lose up to 10% of the contents of food packaging, because their special shapes make it impossible to remove the products completely. When having almost completely emptied a jar, some of us will ambitiously try to take out even this last remnant. A normal tablespoon or teaspoon is not an ideal means for emptying a recipient completely, to avoid cleaning before waste disposal. The water which is consumed for this purpose needs to be cleaned at high costs, too. Additional resource consumption is the consequence. [more]


  • Captured carbon vs. biobased

    Can products made from captured/recycled CO2 be called biobased? [more]

  • Mind the right terms

    Biodegradable vs. compostable vs. oxo-degradable plastics: A straightforward explanation [more]

  • Plastic microparticles

    Small particles of plastic were first reported in marine environments in the early 1970s. However, it wasn’t until the term ‘microplastics’ was coined in 2004 that the issue started to generate significant attention.  [more]

Brand Owners

Chinaplas Review

  • Chinaplas 2019 Review

    A companying the growth of China’s plastics and rubber industries for over 30 years, CHINAPLAS has become a distinguished meeting and business platform for these industries and has also largely contributed to their prosperous development. At present, CHINAPLAS is the world’s leading plastics and rubber trade fair, and also widely recognized by the industry as one of the most influential exhibitions in the world. Its significance is surpassed only by K Fair in Germany, the world’s premier plastics and rubber trade fair. [more]



Injection Moulding


  • Pack it in feathers

    pluumo – The world’s first feather-based, sustainable packaging material [more]

  • Novel biobased barrier films

    According to recent forecasts by European Bioplastics and nova Institute, global production of biopolymers will increase from about 2.05 million tonnes in 2017 to 2.44 million tonnes in 2022. The trend towards biobased and biodegradable plastics was induced mainly by the global waste problem and increasing environmental regulations for the industry. Consumers’ growing environmental awareness also has a beneficial effect for the bioplastics sector. Furthermore, certain bioplastics offer technical advantages. Due to its unique barrier properties towards oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, polylactide (PLA), for example, is already being successfully applied in the packaging industry - the largest field of application for biopolymers.  [more]


  • Bioplastic Patents

    This section highlights recently granted patents that are relevant to the specific theme/focus of the Bioplastics Magazine issue. The information offered is intended to acquaint the reader with a sampling of know-how being developed to enable growth of the bioplastics markets. The five patents cited demonstrate compositions and process for renewable/biodegradable injection moldable compositions. Key for injection molding are compositions that deliver bulk properties in the final article but also must offer fast cycle times for the production of the molded article. [more]


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