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Application News Hemp Waves (2009/2010): Flax fiberboard, Hemp fiberboard, Chipboard, Masonite, Homasote, non-toxic acrylic paint, non-toxic glue, eco-friendly wood stain Foam Trays in Seattle On July 1, 2010, the city of Seattle, Washington, USA,legislated that all single-use foodservice packaging used within the city must be compostable or recyclable. According to a City of Seattle news release, the new foodservice packaging requirements savedSeattle from sending 6,000 tons of plastic and plasticcoated paper single-use food service ware and leftover food to landfills every year. Shadow Shades (2009/2010): Chipboard, Masonite, domestic poplar, non-toxic glue, non-toxic acrylic paint, non-toxic wood stain Artist Looking for Bioplastic Sheet Justin Kovac from Johnson City, New York, USA calls himself an Eco-Artist. His wall sculptures are developed from abstract drawings he renders, and are constructed using primarily eco friendly materials. Justin’s beliefs in sustainability drive his commitment to using environmentally friendly practices in the development of his unique pieces. Justin is presently working in media which includes MDF, chipboard, Masonite, wood substrate materials, etc; however he is also looking to produce a new line of work made from the bioplastic materials. Pieces that are currently in the conceptualization state may look similar to those pictured on his website. Manufacturers of bioplastics sheet material who are interested in supporting Justin with material or cooperate with him are invited to contact him. MT www.justinkovac.com. At the same time, foam trays made from Ingeo PLA became available for packaging meat, fish, fresh produce, and poultry. Brad Halverson, vice president of marketing at Metropolitan Market, a large regional food retailer, said, “This is a revolutionary step to cut down on landfill waste.Our Seattle customers will now be able to redirect an estimated one million meat trays per yearto community composting facilities.” The new bioplastic foam trays used by Metropolitan Market were developed by foodservice packaging suppliers and distributors Kenco and BunzlR3,working with the manufacturerPactiv, Lake Forrest, Illinois. The trays are being marketed under the name EarthChoice, a Pactiv brand that covers nearly 80 sustainable packaging products, including cups, hinged-lid containers, plates, and straws, for disposable food service needs. The EarthChoice Ingeo trays are tinted brown to help the authorized composter, Cedar Grove Composting, Seattle, ensure that the correct trays enter its processes. The trays are certified compostable to both Cedar Grove’s own composting standard and to ASTM 6400. The brown tint colorant is also Ingeo based. Mark Spencer, business manager for emerging materials and sustainability, Pactiv, said that the EarthChoice foam trays offer similar performance characteristics to the polystyrene trays they replace. The EarthChoice trays can be used in freezers down to -18˚C and up to 41˚C. Pactiv reports the trays offer exceptional strength and performance characteristics and can be used in both handwrapping and machine-wrapping applications. MT www.pactiv.com. 46 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/11] Vol. 6

Application News Biodegradable iPhone Case “iNature is the only case for the iPhone 3G/3GS and iPhone 4 which is totally biodegradable,” say a press release by API Spa. iNature, a registered trademark in Italy, the EU, the USA as well as many other countries, is the result of a partnership between BIOMOOD Srl and API Spa who have combined to bring together eye-catching Italian design and innovative research into eco-friendly materials. The iNature case is made entirely from APINAT, a bioplastic developed and produced by API Spa who are the leading Italian producer of thermoplastic compounds. Apinat is a range of fully recyclable and biodegradable bioplastics in aerobic environment following EN 13432, EN 14995 and ASTM D6400 standards. Apinat offers a level of flexibility and softness far beyond anything else available in the bioplastics market which has enabled API to register an international patent for this exceptional material. This kind of performance is what led Biomood to choose API as the ideal partner for the production of their innovative, unique collection of biodegradable iPhone cases. The iNature case is designed to fit your iPhone snugly and protect it from bumps and scratches while guaranteeing easy access to all buttons and controls. The case even gives off a pleasant aloe/lemon scent. iNature cases are available in a vast range of nontoxic biodegradable colours containing no heavy materials or other dangerous substances in line with EN standard13432. The iNature project aims for zero environmental impact and each part of the product is designed to be 100% biodegradable, including all packaging and display materials. The box is made from recycled cardboard and the inks are water-based so once disposed of it is totally biodegradable. MT www.apinatbio.com www.inature.it Compostable Adhesive As producer of Epotal ® Eco, BASF shall forthwith be able to offer the first compostable water-based adhesive certified by the German Technical Inspection Agency TÜV. “Biologically degradable adhesives will play a decisive role in the future when it comes to developing compostable packaging materials,” says Cornelis Beyers from Marketing Industrial Adhesives. Epotal Eco is particularly suitable for the production of multi-layer films for flexible packaging materials based on biodegradable plastics. Possible applications are bags for potato chips or chocolate bar wrappings. There is growing demand for efficient and at the same time sustainable raw materials in the packaging industry. “In the past, we received, again and again, inquiries for biodegradable adhesives but were unable to satisfy them,” confirms Merle Dardat, Product Manager at DIN Certco, a certification company of the TÜV Rhineland Group and of the German Standard Institute (DIN). DIN Certco has now issued the registration notice for Epotal P100 Eco certifying the product as a biodegradable additive. A rotting test in composted soil showed that after 70 days only, 90 percent of Epotal Eco is broken down, thus fulfilling the standard EN 13432. The molecule structure of the product resembles the one of naturally occurring polymers. Microorganisms are able to convert them into carbon dioxide, water and biomass with the help of enzymes. The best results are achieved in industrial composting facilities since they offer ideal conditions for microorganisms. After the decomposition process, Epotal Eco leaves no toxic residuals und shows no negative impact on the environment. Apart from its compostability, Epotal Eco offers all benefits of waterbased adhesives, which are an environmentally friendly and efficient alternative to solvent-based and solvent-free products. They are free from toxic components and are suitable for food packaging. In addition, multi-layer films, which are produced with the help of water-based plastics, can be processed immediately. This helps the packaging industry to save time and money. MT www.basf.com Possible applications are bags for potato chips bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/11] Vol. 6 47

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