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Editorial dear readers bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 4 ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights: Paper Coating / Laminating | XX Fibres, Textiles, Nonwovens | XX Coverphoto courtesy DuPont 05 | 2009 bioplastics MAGAZINE is read in 85 countries September is over, and so too is our 2 nd PLA Bottle Conference. The very well received event in Munich again attracted a good number of delegates and a great deal of positive comment. For those interested in bottle applications please see the detailed report on page 8. Otherwise you might prefer to read more about paper coating or fibre and textile applications. These are the two topics of our editorial focus in this issue. Furthermore, we present an extract from the new book’Technische Biopolymere‘, effectively serving as part two of the ‘land use for bioplastics‘ discussion. In the ‘Basics‘ section you‘ll find out about starch and starch based biopolymers, and last but not least we also cover the ‘oxo-subject‘ once again. This summer a number of press publications reported on different standpoints concerning the ‘pros‘ and ‘cons‘ of oxo-degradable plastics. However, instead of the rather tabloid way of reporting, and calling the debate a “lively spat“, a “rumbling row“ or even a “battle“, bioplastics MAGAZINE is trying a more factual approach. Thus we contacted the main stakeholders and offered to let them put their points of view in our magazine and to provide the scientific support for their claims. In this issue we publish a slightly shortened version of the position paper from European Bioplastics. And while we are still waiting for Symphony‘s scientifically based article on their products and their compliance with ASTM D6594 the Canadian supplier EPI sent us copies of old scientific papers by Chiellini et. al and Wiles & Scott. I hope you enjoy reading this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE and look forward to your comments, opinions or contributions. Yours Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/09] Vol. 4

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