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News ‘Bioplastics in Packaging’ special theme at interpack 2008 The offerings highlighting the special theme ‘Bioplastics in Packaging’ at interpack PROCESSES AND PACKAGING Düsseldorf, Germany, which opens its doors between 24 to 30 April 2008, will form the biggest exhibition of its kind in the world. Roughly 10,000 trade visitors came to the ‚Innovationparc Bioplastics in packaging‘ at interpack 2005. With 1,000 m² of booth space for the ‘Bioplastics in Packaging‘ show at interpack 2008, co-organizer European Bioplastics is now proud to offer twice as much space for this special group exhibition as in 2005. About 40 International exhibitors active in sectors including raw materials, additives, finishing, plastics processing and packaging production will ensure that the topic bioplastics packaging is covered thoroughly. The showcase will feature all material classes (synthetic material/biodegradable, materials based on renewable primary products/biodegradable and materials based on renewable primary products/non-biodegradable). Visitors will be able to investigate the special theme in Hall 7a throughout interpack’s run. An ancillary programme including talks on current industry issues will round out the showcase. In the next issue bioplastics MAGAZINE will feature a comprehensive show preview. www.bioplastics-in-packaging.com Cover-photo Our Covergirl Nicole says: „Interesting, that in today‘s cars natural fibres are being used. But that the old ‚Trabi‘ was made with Cotton Fibres is absolutely fascinating“. NatureFlex goes carbonzero (left to right) David Beeby, Chief Executive Officer and Andy Sweetman, Market Development Manager, Sustainable Technologies plant the final tree at Sand Martin Wood, Innovia Films has achieved CarbonZero status on its full range of NatureFlex coated biodegradable and compostable packaging films through the implementation of carbon-reduction schemes. NatureFlex is one of the few packaging materials that has been tested to and complies with the specification required for soil, home composting and waste water applications at ambient temperatures, as well as for industrial composting. It has now built on its environmental credentials with its new CarbonZero status. Following a comprehensive Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on its NatureFlex products during 2007, which was conducted to allow the company to quantify the environmental impact of the product on a ‘cradle to gate’ basis; Innovia Films were able to determine the carbon footprint of coated NatureFlex biodegradable and compostable packaging films in 2008. “Reducing a company’s carbon-footprint should principally be achieved through improvements in energy efficiency and reduced energy consumption, enhanced process technology and waste reduction. We have already made significant cuts in this way and are committed to continuing this in the future. Any manufacturing process will inevitably have an environmental impact and our involvement in these initiatives allows us to offset the overall effect of NatureFlex production and reassure our customers it is actually CarbonZero at the point of despatch from Innovia’s premises.” said David Beeby, Innovia Films Chief Executive. The fact that Innovia Films uses renewable raw materials to manufacture NatureFlex is an excellent start-point; NatureFlex films are typically around 95% renewable as measured by ASTM D6866. Working with a leading carbon services company, co2balance, who provide carbon reduction schemes both locally and globally, Innovia Films decided to plant 3,000 trees at Sand Martin Wood, Faugh, Cumbria. The planting of this new forest with a mix of British broad leafed trees within 30 km of their Wigton site was selected because NatureFlex is manufactured in Cumbria. The forest is directly owned and managed by co2balance, which will ensure that it is properly maintained into the future. www.innoviafilms.com, www.co2balance.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/08] Vol. 3

Automotive Toyota’s use of Bioplastics in Automotive Applications: As consumers, we are all becoming increasingly aware of our impact that our decisions and actions have on the global environment. That is why, as a corporate citizen, Toyota is working on their own transition from the era of large-scale production and large volume consumption toward a recycle-oriented society that promotes conservation, reuse, and recycling. Within Toyota, this is called ‘Monozukuri in harmony with the Earth’. In 2003, Toyota made public its ‘Toyota Recycling Vision’ which aimed at achieving a 95% vehicle recovery rate by 2015. Today, many people associated with the bioplastics industry are aware of Toyota’s use of PLA and kenaf fibers that started with the 2003 Raum. However, these original applications were only a first step toward Toyota’s current bioplastics goal: ‘Development of technology allowing 20% use of resin parts by 2015 (combining bio plastic and recycled materials)’. In the summer of 2007, Toyota made another large step toward their corporate goal, implementing polyurethane seats that contain an average of slightly more than 5% soy polyol for the North American Toyota Corolla and Lexus RX (see photo above). Due to Toyota’s high material performance requirements, it was determined that the 5% soy level was appropriate based on the currently available technology. Toyota is now working closely with threir suppliers to expand the number of vehicle applications and to increase the level of soy being used in our flexible polyurethanes. Late in 2007, Toyota published its Seventh Annual North American Environmental Report. Each year, this public document outlines Toyota’s progress towards a sustainable society. In the section titled ‘Recycling and Improved Resource Use’, Toyota prints: “Along with soybeans in seats, Toyota is aggressively developing a North American vision that incorporates all aspects of biorenewable materials in future vehicles.” This kind of thinking is growing globally within the Toyota company. It should be noted however, that this sustainable mentality does not apply only to their vehicles. For example, at the Canadian sales headquarters, Toyota has introduced containers, cutlery, and plates made from corn, sugarcane and potatoes. As a result, almost all of the building’s cafeteria waste can now be sent to compost, instead of to a landfill. Moving forward, Toyota will continue their ongoing efforts to achieve their ‘Monozukuri in harmony with the earth’. Monozukuri literally translates to ‘product creation’-- but to Toyota, it is more than a literal translation-- it is a way of thinking that incorporates activities and processes from material development through vehicle sales and service. Within this general idea, Toyota is aggressively pursuing biotechnology and bio-resource distribution through the establishment of novel biotechnologies, new bioplastics, and new ways to achieve a cycle of harmony with nature. As a result, in both the short term, and in the decades to come, one will see Toyota continue to work diligently to stay on the leading edge of automotive use of bioplastics. www.toyota.co.jp bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/08] Vol. 3

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