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RM 614 Kärcher

RM 614 Kärcher eco!ogic cleaning agents with new plant-based bottle made from sugar cane. For over 30 years, Kärcher has highlighted the importance of developing environmentally friendly cleaning agents. For the first time the eco!ogic cleaning agents, made with surfactants that are based on 100% renewable raw materials, are delivered in bottles that are now made of >96% plant-based plastic – another advantage in favour of the environment.

Editorial dear readers After the biggest issue ever in June it now seems like the calm before the storm. It’s not only summertime but it is the period before an autumn crammed with activities. At K’2013, the world’s premier trade fair for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf, Germany, in mid October, bioplastics MAGAZINE will welcome visitors in hall 07a, booth B10. At a joint stand with European Bioplastics, the European industry association, we will together provide up-to-date information on market development and new products. The joint stand aims to be a contact platform for all K-visitors interested in bioplastic solutions. Our next issue will provide in-depth information about the trade fair and the companies exhibiting bioplastics products or services. You may also want to visit our website for regularly updated information. Within the framework of K’2013 we will also welcome delegates to our Bioplastics Business Breakfast. With 25 percent more presentations each day compared to 2010 it will be a unique opportunity to network and to gather first-hand information. The programme covering the three days (October 17, 18 and 19) can be found on page 41 (regularly updated online of course). Further events this coming fall and winter are certainly the 8 th European Bioplastics Conference on the 10 th and 11 th of December in Berlin where bioplastics MAGAZINE will again present the Global Bioplastics Award. The deadline for proposals is August 31st, so we encourage all to send in suggestions for their own or other bioplastics products or services. Please see page 10 for details. The highlights in this issue include Bioplastics in Building & Construction and Bottle applications. A day before we closed our layout, I found an interesting post on this topic on the website of the German radio station Deutsche Welle. I found this interesting enough to share at least the link with you. Please visit Follow us on twitter! In the Basics section we had announced an update on Land use for bioplastics. However, since we just had an update in the last issue, we decided to replace it by an article on the discussion Food or non-food — Which agricultural feedstocks are best for industrial uses? As usual this issue is once again rounded off by lots of industry and applications news… We hope you enjoy the summer and — of course — reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Be our friend on Facebook! Sincerely yours Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE [04/13] Vol.8 3

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