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Editorial dear readers Are plastics made from CO 2 to be considered as bioplastics? Not necessarily, I would say. If these plastics are in fact biodegradable they would fall under our definition of bioplastics (see our revised and extended ‘Glossary 3.0’ on page 50ff). And if such plastics are made from CO 2 that comes, via combustion or other chemical processes, from fossil based raw materials, we should at least avoid calling call them biobased. Nevertheless, I believe that the use of such CO 2 to make plastics (or other useful products) and so prevent, or at least delay, the CO 2 from entering the atmosphere, is a good approach in the sense of our overall objectives. It will certainly require further evaluation and even standardisation until CO 2 based plastics can/will be defined as a new (bio-) plastic class or category. Plastics produced from CO 2 , definitely one of the major topics in this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE, is accompanied by further highlights. In several articles we report about biobased polyurethanes and elastomers and we present some articles about fibres and textile applications. In this issue we also present the five finalists for the 7 th Bioplastics Award. The number of entries was not as large as in previous years, however I doubt that the innovative power of this industry is flagging. So we kindly ask all of you to keep your eyes open and report interesting innovations that have a significant market relevance whenever you see them. The 8 th Bioplastics Award is definitely coming. The 7 th ‘Bioplastics Oskar’ will be presented on November 6 th in Berlin at the European Bioplastics Conference. Follow us on twitter! Until then, we hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours Michael Thielen Be our friend on Facebook! bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/12] Vol. 7 3

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