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Caring for nature! To celebrate WWF Germany’s fifty-year anniversary Playmobil has designed a unique Panda Keychain created from bioplastics. This limited edition toy has been produced using FKuR’s raw materials. Foam injection moulding (TSG) process was used to manufacture the Panda using FKuR’s Bio-Flex ® F 6510 resin. Both partners chose this material as Bio-Flex ® F 6510 mainly consists of renewable resource material. In addition Bio-Flex ® F 6510 is BPA-free which makes it particularly suitable for toys. Panda Keychain made from Bio-Flex ® For more information visit •

Editorial dear readers Two topics have caught my attention recently, and both have been the subject of some controversial discussion. The first one is the question about the mass balance approach that I brought up in issue 03/2014, or perhaps, better, about Sustainability Certification as suggested by Michael Carus. The second topic is the never-ending story about oxo-degradation. I’ve been waiting 8 years now for the suppliers of such additives (and I have asked them again and again) to provide scientifically backed evidence for publication in bioplastics MAGAZINE. Finally OWS and IKT are now starting a multi-client study to prove, once and for all, whether conventional plastics with these (much discussed) additives completely biodegrade or not. Please see p. 6 for details. One of two other highlighted topics in this issue is Fibres & Textiles, covering a lot of interesting details about fibres made from PLA, cellulose, different types of polyamides, the milk protein casein and more. And for the second highlight, Toys, we too received a pleasant number of articles. In many of the cases of applications for toys it is the search for natural alternatives, free of phthalates, Bisphenol A and other harmful ingredients, that toy companies, consumers and their families want. ISSN 1862-5258 Highlights Fibers & Textiles | 12 Toys | 36 September / October 05 | 2014 ... is read in 91 countries When you have this copy in your hands, you should have also received the fifth edition of our new bi-weekly newsletter. In addition to our daily news on our news site at (which has recently benefitted from a facelift) is a free newsletter bringing the latest news directly to your e-mail inbox. Of course the printed bioplastics MAGAZINE is still focused on more comprehensive and in depth extensive articles. On page 10 we introduce the five finalists of the 9 th Global Bioplastics Award. The winner will again be publicly announced at the European Bioplastics Conference, on December 2 nd in Brussels. Until then we hope you enjoy reading bioplastics MAGAZINE Sincerely yours Michael Thielen bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 9 Beach toys by Zoë b made from PHA, p. 44 Follow us on twitter! Like us on Facebook! bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/14] Vol.9 3

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