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Basics ‘BiomassPla’

Basics ‘BiomassPla’ Biobased bottle-label logo of the Japan BioPlastics Association(JBPA) BiomassPla Logo and Identification System The Japan BioPlastics Association (JBPA) has been managing the ‘BiomassPla Logo and Identification System’ since July 2006. BiomassPla, as described here, means a product consisting of at least 25% biomass-based plastics as defined by the JBPA . Logos Part 7 Over the last two years bioplastics MAGAZINE has introduced different logos that inform consumers about the biodegradability or compostability of packaging or other products made from bioplastics. Now we are starting a new series, where we will introduce logos that provide information about the bio-based origin of bioplastics products The utilisation of biomass-based plastics is one of today‘s major issues, because using biomass-based plastics can reduce the consumption of fossil resources, which is a major factor in the Earth‘s climate change. JBPA has been making various efforts to promote the popularisation and business development of biomass-based plastics and plastic products since 2003. JBPA has been operating ‘The BiomassPla Identification System’ and authorises the use of the BiomassPla logo in order to ensure that general consumers can easily identify biomass plastics products. The term BiomassPla as used here refers to plastic products that contain at least a specified quantity of substances derived from renewable organic resources as a constituent part of the plastic material. The JBPA’s identification system has as its objective the creation of a greater understanding of biomass-based plastics among the general public, and promoting the popularisation of biomass plastics. 38 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/08] Vol. 3

Basics The definition of Biomass-based Plastics by JBPA High-polymer materials produced from raw materials which can be obtained by chemical or biological synthesis and that contain substances derived from renewable organic resources. (Excludes chemically unmodified nonthermoplastic natural organic high-polymer materials.) The BiomassPla Identification and labelling system is based on the standard as follows: 1. None of the components of BiomassPla shall be substances on the list of prohibited substances. 2. Biomass plastics must satisfy the JBPA’s standards for inclusion on the Positive List. 3. All of the components of BiomassPla must be disclosed to the JBPA Identification Committee. 4. BiomassPla must be plastic products that contain at least 25.0% (by weight) of components derived from biomass. 5. The use of compounds that contain lead, cadmium, mercury or hexavalent chromium is prohibited. Even if these are not used intentionally, the content of these specified toxic substances in the product must not exceed the given values. 6. Even if the overall product does not satisfy the conditions for accreditation as BiomassPla, use of the logo on the part of BiomassPla may be permitted, if it satisfies Item 5 ‘Standards for Acceptance of Use of the Symbol on Limited Parts’. 7. The registration number must, as a general rule, be quoted on BiomassPla. Registered products for BiomassPla logo More than 40 products have been registered as Biomass-based Plastics Products (BiomassPla). The registered products are mainly packaging for food and clothes but also include cards, stationery, labels, cap seals, shrink sleeve label and parts or housings for consumer electronics and office equipment. One example is the registration of kids‘ shoes, which use a PLA mixed woven textile for the uppers and a soft PLA compound for the sole. This product will be launched in the Spring. www.jbpa.co.jp bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/08] Vol. 3 39

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