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Application News New handbag collection Luxury accessories brand and celebrity favorite Dominique Duval (a division of The Berette Factory) is branching out from its line of chic hair accessories to introduce an eco-conscious handbag collection made from Cereplast bioplastics. The bags feature accents of recycled cashmere, semi-precious stones such as black onyx and amber citrine, metal chain and metal zippers. In a Cereplast blog Dominique Duval and The Barrette Factory founder Jane Gauthier said: “I wanted to incorporate Cereplast bioplastics into my bag and hair accessories collections because of its timelessness and its timeliness. I am personally committed to protecting the environment, and now is the time to do everything we can to preserve our planet. As a designer, I am always looking for ways to improve the carbon footprint of my products without sacrificing quality. Bioplastics are more environmentally friendly than traditional plastics, and that’s important to me and to my customers.” The first products Jane Gauthier made with Cereplast were hair accessories from algae bioplastics for The Barrette Factory. “I ship the material to France to be shaped into the forms I need for my hair accessories, and I get it back silky and formed into various shapes. My customers love the algae collection. The designs look delicate, but are actually extremely durable and eco-friendly. The algae has a wonderful grip and silky texture. For the bags Dominique Duval is using Cereplast Hybrid 651D. The Ethylene Acrylate (EA) and starch hybrid resin is a tough, soft touch, pliable material that is ideal for extrusions and soft injection moldable applications, providing the desirable properties of conventional EA while offering a lower carbon footprint and expanding the range of properties available for durable bioplastic materials. It can be used for the manufacture of consumer goods and packaging, footwear, handbags and other fashion accessories, as well as wire and cable insulation, soft plastic goods such as tubes and hoses and adhesion layers for multi-layer films. Hybrid 651D can be processed on existing, conventional processing equipment. Disposable tea infuser The Tea Spot, a US-based company that specializes in producing handcrafted loose leaf teas, is launching Brewlux ® , the first disposable tea infuser. Winner of the World Tea Expo Best New Product Award, the Brewlux brings the teahouse experience to a to-go cup. Its patentpending filter design is the first premium alternative to the teabag and paper filters for whole leaf tea. This rigid, large volume tea filter fits in a standard to-go cup and gives tea leaves ample room to expand to their full flavor potential. The Brewlux is made from Cereplast Biopropylene ® 106D, a 50% starch, high melt flow polypropylene starch compound, which provides a lower carbon footprint when compared to conventional polypropylene, low density polyethylene, polyethylene terephthalate and high impact polystyrene. “Foodservice corporations are measuring environmental impacts in their supply chains by identifying the biggest impacts and opportunities for reduction in waste production and carbon footprint reduction. Teabag tea has approximately ten times the carbon footprint of loose tea and as such, loose leaf tea presents an environmentally responsible choice in foodservice,” stated The Tea Spot founder Maria Uspenski. “The strong growth of the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) market segment demonstrates consumers’ increasing willingness to practice responsible capitalism through social and environmentally sustainable business practices. From product sourcing, to packaging and delivery systems, consumers are making daily economic choices in favor of helping subsidize environmentally responsible choices. This trend in consumer consciousness allowed us to maintain economically viable product margins and market pricing while making our Brewlux product using a renewable bioplastic resin.” www.cereplast.com The new material won the MATERIALICA Design + Technology 2012 silver award for outstanding innovation in the Material category (Munich, Germany October 23, 2012). MT www.cereplast.com www.dominiqueduval.com Dominique Duval bag made from Cereplast bioplastics plus recycled cashmere bows and black onyx. 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/13] Vol. 8

Application News Ink from renewable resources NatureInk ® opens up new avenues for highlighting sustainability, environmental responsibility and healthconscious behaviour in product marking. This green ink can be used for virtually all printing devices and surfaces. Wherever you find best-before dates, bar codes, etc., these are usually printed with industrial printing ink. Frequently, such inks contain substances that have harmful effects on the environment and human health during the production process. NatureInk is a new printing ink that is gentle on the environment and less harmful to human health and is marketed by MFG Service Kennzeichnungstechnik GmbH in Freising, Germany. This eco-ink consists of natural resins, water, vegetable esters, cellulose, bio-chars, dye plants or bio-ethanol – all of which are renewable raw materials. The development of this new ink, which exhibits excellent surface adhesion, brilliance and drying properties, was made possible by the successful application of advanced natural and engineering sciences combined with expertise in hightech materials. The NatureInk – die GrüneTinte ® project is sponsored by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU), a German federal foundation promoting environmental projects. NatureInk can be used in the food-processing industry, e.g. for egg, cheese or meat marking, in the pharmaceutical industry, e.g. for blister packs, cardboard boxes, or labels, in the production of organic products, in the electrical industry, e.g. for the marking of cables, in wood processing, in the packaging industry, e.g. for metal, plastic, glass packagings, or in letter shops. NatureInk adheres to (virtually) every material: uncoated or coated paper, labels, paper board, metals, various steel alloys, blister packs, crown caps, closures, aluminium lids, tin cans, glass containers, bottles, plastics such as PVC, polycarbonate, polystyrene, polyethylene, polypropylene, films, secondary packaging, wood and many, many more. Thanks to excellent innovative production methods, NatureInk is a serious competitor for inks produced from synthetic chemicals. NatureInk shows a good light fastness of 7 according to wool scale (DIN 16 525), it is water fast and resistant to temperature, acids, bases, and solvents and is suitable for a wide range of printing surfaces. In printing, an excellent edge definition can be achieved, which is why NatureInk is frequently used for bar codes and Data Matrix codes. NatureInk is available for all common printing systems such as continuous inkjet printing, large character drop on demand (DoD) printing, thermal inkjet printing (TIJ), piezo printing, encoding and stamping applications and office applications. NatureInk is currently available in black and in green. The emission exposure for employees and products is extremely low making the product much safer for human health. The levels of toxic and irritating substances that may affect human health when touched or inhaled are far lower than with conventional printing inks. MT www.natureink-tinte.de Packaging for sustainable paints With the recent launch of a new range of GEODE paints under the TOLLENS brand, Materis Paints, one of the leading manufacturers of paints for the trade and for the general public in Europe, is innovating in two different ways. Even more environmentally friendly in their composition, these paints are also the first in the world to be marketed in biobased plastic packaging. This innovative new packaging is the fruit of an exemplary partnership between Materis Paints, RPC Superfos from the RPC Group and Roquette. Roquette, in line with an eco-design policy, developed a specific grade of plant-based plastic perfectly suited to the injection moulding of thin walls, in accordance with the technical requirements of RPC Superfos. This grade has a high fluidity as well as being very stable over time. Like the rest of Roquette’s GAÏALENE ® range, this grade is obtained from a local plant-based resource, renewable each year and widely available in France: starch. RPC Superfos worked on the homologation of the grade, examining its behaviour to injection at its industrial facilities, its mechanical resistance, its chemical resistance and its compatibility with the various constituents of water-based paints. Its stability to microorganisms was also assessed. The grade selected can be easily used on equipment in situ whilst being workable at lower temperatures than is customary and, in this way, resulting in an additional economic and environmental benefit. Finally, Materis Paints and RPC Superfos ran joint tests under actual conditions and over long periods. These tests were used to confirm the stability and resistance to ageing of these new forms of packaging. MT www.tollens.com www.superfos.com www.gaialene.com bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/13] Vol. 8 37

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