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Content Editorial 03 News 05 Application News 24 Event Review 08 Event Calendar 41 Suppliers Guide 44 Glossary 42 March/April 02|2009 Beauty & Healthcare Beautiful Plastics Made by Nature 10 PHBV for Beauty and Healthcare Applications 12 Performance of PHA in Cosmetics and 14 Personal Care Packaging It Started With the World’s First PLA Lipstick 16 Opinion End of Life Options for Biodegradable & 32 Compostable Biopolymers Basics Industrial Composting 34 The Added Value of ‘Bio-Plastics’ 38 ‘Vegetal Plastic’ Cosmetics Packaging 17 Range Made From PLA Biopackaging for Biocosmetics 18 Natural Floss Picks 19 Biodegradable Tampon Wrap 19 End of Life End-of-Life: Recovery Options 20 From Science & Research Use of Biopolymers in Antimicrobial Food Packaging 30 Impressum Publisher / Editorial Dr. Michael Thielen Samuel Brangenberg Layout/Production Mark Speckenbach, Jörg Neufert Cover Photo: Philipp Thielen Head Office Polymedia Publisher GmbH Dammer Str. 112 41066 Mönchengladbach, Germany phone: +49 (0)2161 664864 fax: +49 (0)2161 631045 info@bioplasticsmagazine.com www.bioplasticsmagazine.com Media Adviser Elke Schulte, Katrin Stein phone: +49(0)2359-2996-0 fax: +49(0)2359-2996-10 es@bioplasticsmagazine.com Print Tölkes Druck + Medien GmbH Höffgeshofweg 12 47807 Krefeld, Germany Print run: 4,000 copies bioplastics magazine ISSN 1862-5258 bioplastics magazine is published 6 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (149 Euro for 6 issues). bioplastics MAGAZINE is printed on chlorine-free FSC certified paper. bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 85 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. Editorial contributions are always welcome. Please contact the editorial office via mt@bioplasticsmagazine.com. bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/09] Vol. 4

Australian Kmart offers Compostable Bags News Biograde Limited, an Australian international supplier of packaging resins derived from renewable resources, has been appointed as supplier of compostable shopping bags for Kmart stores. The Biograde bags are part of a trial being conducted by Kmart across the retailer’s 12 stores in South Australia from 20 March 2009. South Australian Minister for Environment and Conservation Jay Weatherill launched the customer trial, which is being conducted by Kmart to determine what kind of bags will be offered to customers after the South Australian Government ban on plastic checkout bags takes effect on 4 May 2009. Melbourne based Biograde makes the compostable bags from a proprietary blend of resins and corn starch, which undergoes biodegradation by natural biological processes and does not leave any toxic residue. The Biograde bags are the same shape and size as existing plastic bags, and are suitable for disposal in council collected green waste bins. Labelled with the Australian Standard, the Biograde compostable bags are ready to roll out of Kmart stores. Biograde managing director Dr Frank Glatz said the company is privileged to be part of this important Kmart project. “We thank Kmart for this opportunity to have consumers genuinely trial our product in a situation of heightened awareness – they will be thinking about how and why they use shopping bags,” he said. “Our product has been extensively tested and is now accredited by the major international testing authorities. We source our own raw materials, formulate and manufacture the resin and produce the bags ourselves, so we know that we are providing a product that performs to those standards. Most importantly, these compostable bags will decompose safely in the council waste management system,” Dr Frank Glatz said. The rigorously tested Biograde materials comply with Australian Standards AS 4736-2006 and also meet European EN13432, USA/Canada ASTM D6400, Japanese GreenPla and China Environment Label standards. This high level of certification of its products was critical to Biograde being appointed exclusive supplier of biodegradable packaging to the Beijing 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. During the Kmart trial, customers requiring a bag will select from compostable bags produced by Biograde or reusable paper bags at a charge of 15 cents per bag, or the coloured calico/cotton/jute fabric bags. www.biograde.com.au 2nd Manufacturing Location for NatureWorks Anticipating rising global demand for alternatives to petroleum based plastics, NatureWorks LLC, maker of Ingeo natural plastic resin, is assessing locations for a second manufacturing plant. With current sales of its Ingeo bioresin in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas, NatureWorks will evaluate the location for a potential new resin production facility based on projected growth in these regions and the availability of plant-based feedstock required for Ingeo processing. “Investing in a second production facility would support brand owners committed to environmentally preferable alternatives to petroleum-based plastics, and would be a significant step forward for NatureWorks,” said Marc Verbruggen, president and CEO. “We anticipate continued advancements in the resin’s performance, as well as an increase in the number of products and applications using Ingeo. We’re starting our assessment now, recognizing that typical timeframes for design and construction of such facilities can be three years after a decision is made.” NatureWorks was the first company to produce a natural plastic resin in commercial quantities. Late last year, the Ingeo facility in Blair, Nebraska, inaugurated a new manufacturing process that further lowered CO 2 emissions and reduced the energy required to produce Ingeo bioresin. By mid-year 2009, equipment installation and commissioning currently underway will enable the Blair facility to produce up to its full Ingeo design capacity of 140,000 tonnes (~ 300 million lbs). www. natureworksllc.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/09] Vol. 4

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