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News Australian Biograde Becomes Cardia Bioplastics Rapidly expanding Australian based global supplier of resins derived from sustainable resources Biograde has rebranded its business and product range to reflect changing technology and market direction. Under the new Cardia Bioplastics ® name, the company will continue to expand internationally as a developer, manufacturer and marketer of sustainable resins for packaging and plastic products. Cardia Bioplastic‘s manufacturing plant and Product Development Centre are in Nanjing, China. The company has offices in Europe and the Americas, and a network of leading distributors across Australia, the Americas, Europe and Asia. “Growth for our business is fuelled by the global trend towards sustainable packaging,” said managing director Dr Frank Glatz. “Our key people are skilled plastics industry leaders widely recognised for their sustainable resins expertise. We hold a strong patent portfolio and a track record for creating innovative products with our proprietary technology.“ Cardia Bioplastics is a registered name of Biograde Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Cardia Technologies Limited. Biodegradable Bags Project in Thailand In conjunction with the BioPlastics Asia 2009 forum, the National Innovation Agency (NIA) of Thailand, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ: German Technical Cooperation), Thai Bioplastics Industry Association (TBIA) and BASF recently announced that they have joined forces in pilot projects to promote the use of biodegradable bags. The inaugural pilot project, which will run from July to December 2009 in the Samut Songkhram Province, aims to use biodegradable bags to collect household organic waste in the most efficient way and produce high-quality compost that will serve as organic fertilizer for the purpose of soil improvement. “Biodegradable plastics present an important contribution to efficient biowaste management. Additionally, as a secondary raw material postcomposting, it can also be used to provide an economical and ecologically viable utilization possibility – fertilizer in this case. This kind of organic waste recycling will be an important waste management model and further the evolving bioplastics market in Thailand as well” said Dr Supachai Lorlowhakarn, Director of NIA. The NIA successfully developed the National Roadmap for the Development of the bioplastics industry in Thailand, which was approved by the Cabinet on 22 July 2008. NIA will support the cost of biodegradable plastic bags and project management to the Development of Environment and Energy Foundation (DEE) for the separation, collection and organic treatment / composting of waste. The composting process will be managed by TCM Environment, with its state-of-the-art bio-digester that will convert the organic waste collected, into endproducts that can be used as fertilizer. For the production of the biodegradable bags, TBIA will compound starch with BASF’s Ecoflex, a fully-biodegradable, compostable polyester which is tear-resistant, puncture-resistant, waterproof, printable and elastic. “Thailand has an abundant supply of renewable resources, such as tapioca for the production of starch. As such, starch will be an important raw material for the bioplastic industry development in Thailand. The pilot project in Thailand is another step to build up the domestic market and elaborate on the application of bioplastics for the entire life cycle” said Somsak Borrisutthanakul, Chairman, TBIA - MT. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/09] Vol. 4

8 weeks later News New Legislative Approach on Bioplastics in Latvia Mirel Bioplastic Certified Compostable by BPI Metabolix recently announced that Mirel bioplastic resins (PHA) produced by Telles have been certified compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), an independent North American certifier of compostable material. BPI certification shows that Mirel base resins comply with the specifications established in the American Society for Testing and Materials standard ASTM D6400 for composting in a professionally managed composting facility. In May Mirel resins received certifications from Belgiumbased Vinçotte of ‘OK Compost“ for industrial composting and ‘OK Compost HOME“ for home composting. “Materials certification is an important process for the bioplastic industry to embrace,“ said Bob Findlen, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Telles. “Product manufacturers, brand owners, and their customers need to have confidence that the biodegradability and compostability claims of materials suppliers are substantiated by scientific data and third party validation.“ Homo ecos:, the Latvian representation of the bioplastics industry, has initiated a cabinet ordinance that is preparing to implement EN 13432 and EN 14995 standards into national legislation. European Bioplastics, the European representation of the bioplastics industry, supports the new legislative approach in Latvia. A cabinet ordinance initiated by homo ecos: is currently under way to define biodegradable plastics as certified compostable according to EN 13432/14995. “At the moment we are strongly committed to the translation of the European standards for compostable bioplastics EN 13432 and EN 14995 into Latvian. This is necessary so that the standards can be taken over in national legislation,“ says Andrejs Viks, spokesperson and board member of homo ecos:. A tax on natural resources in Latvia grants packaging made of biodegradable plastics a significantly reduced tariff compared to conventional plastic materials. The new ordinance makes certification and labeling mandatory for bioplastics products if they want to profit from the lower tariff. “European Bioplastics welcomes the initiative by homo ecos:. Eastern Europe is a market of great possibilities for our industry.“, states Andy Sweetman, Chairman of European Bioplastics. “It is good to see the visibility of our products growing and the support for bioplastics strengthened in Latvia. We are looking forward to further improve our collaboration locally in all fields of work.“ Homo ecos: is the newest member of the Congress of the European and National Bioplastics Organisations and Networks (CEBON), which is coordinated by European Bioplastics. The concept of homo ecos: is to assemble different sustainable technologies under the roof of one representation. Next to bioplastics, projects in the field of paper and renewable energies are envisaged. The „seedling“ quality symbol stands for approved compostability. It is awarded to certified products following certification based on european standards EN 13432 and EN 14995. bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/09] Vol. 4

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