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Content Editorial 03 News 05 Suppliers Guide 39 Events 42 December 04|2007 Review K’2007 Review 08 2nd European Bioplastics Conference 14 Bioplastics Awards 2007 16 Special Shopping bags, that dissolve in hot water 18 World‘s first biodegradable zipper bag 19 Compostable shopping carrier bags 20 Biobags: In-line production is the future 21 Materials Lactide Monomers for the production of PLA 22 Processing Oriented films continue their 25 successful run – even with PLA From Science & Research From Waste 2 Gold: Making bioplastic 28 products from biomass waste streams Opinion Biopolymers as an option for 32 sustainability – Quo vadis? Mailbox Letter to the Editor 35 Basics Logos Part 6 36 Glossary 37 Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Dr. Thomas Isenburg, Contributing Editor Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach, Jörg Neufert Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Hackesstr. 99 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 664864 fax: +49 (0)2161 631045 Media Adviser Elke Schulte, Katrin Stein phone: +49(0)2359-2996-0 fax: +49(0)2359-2996-10 Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH Höffgeshofweg 12 47807 Krefeld, Germany Print run: 4,000 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bioplastics magazine is published 4 times in 2007 and 6 times a year from 2008. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in more than 80 countries. Not to be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher The fact that product names may not be identified in our editorial as trade marks is not an indication that such names are not registered trade marks. bioplastics MAGAZINE tries to use British spelling. However, in articles based on information from the USA, American spelling may also be used. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/07] Vol. 2

News Sustainability a key criterion for DuPont’s Packaging Award DuPont has announced that the packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged global innovation awards program has added a special emphasis on sustainability. Innovation in the journey toward sustainable packaging will now be a key consideration in addition to innovation in delivering quality packaging solutions. DuPont, being one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 17 years ago, has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment, as stated by the company. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally improved new products for key global markets. The call for entries for the 20th DuPont Awards competition (closing Jan 31, 2008) was announced at the Sustainable Packaging Forum in Pittsburgh, Pa., by William F. Weber, vice president, DuPont Packaging. “Today there are strong drivers toward sustainable packaging including increasing consumer awareness, pull from brand owners and retailers, legislation and other factors. As a global leader in packaging materials and technologies, DuPont is working with customers on science-based packaging innovations that address consumer demands for performance and sustainability,” Weber said. “DuPont is committed to creating shareholder and societal value while reducing the environmental footprint in our value chains,” he continued. “Consistent with this commitment, the DuPont Packaging Awards now will honor materials, processing, technology and service achievements that demonstrate progress toward sustainability, while also meeting important market requirements for enhanced performance such as improved freshness, convenience and shelf appeal,” Weber said. A prestigious international jury panel contributed to the evaluation criteria for the 20th DuPont Packaging Awards. Factors such as innovation, enhanced performance, responsible sourcing, clean production and effective recovery will be considered in selecting the winners. As it was the case in the previous years also; the usage of a DuPont material, technology, process or service is not required for eligibility. In a collaboration to showcase packaging solutions that implement sustainability, information about entries in this year’s DuPont Awards will be posted online at the GreenBlue/Sustainable Packaging Coalition Design Library to be launched in early 2008. Capturing the innovations represented among these entries will support best practices throughout the packaging industry. GreenBlue is a nonprofit institute committed to sustainability by design and is home to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, an industry working group recognized as the definitive resource for credible information about packaging sustainability. Potential growth for Australian bioproducts A range of biologically-based products, such as biodegradable plastics and packaging materials produced from plants instead of petroleum, offer new opportunities for Australian farmers. ‘Biobased Products – Opportunities for Australian agricultural industries‘ is one of four new reports from the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) presenting a picture of the current status and future prospects for Australia’s biofuels and biobased product industries. The reports examine a range of issues relevant to government and policy-makers, the biofuels industry, the agricultural and livestock industries, scientists and consumers. “Research into the development of Australia’s biofuel and bioproducts industries has become an integral part of determining and securing our nation’s energy future,” said RIRDC Chair Mary Boydell. “We are particularly keen to identify new biobased industries that will complement, rather than compete with, food production,” she said. “There … are … products like plastics that are heavily reliant on petroleum. This research identifies potential replacements for fossil fuels with agricultural products like sugar, soybeans, woody crops and corn starch,” Ms Boydell added. bioplastics MAGAZINE [07/04] Vol. 2

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