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Application News (Toys) Disney – It’s A Small World Meal Sets In 1964, Walt Disney debuted the ride It’s a Small World at the World’s Fair in New York. It was so successful, that in 1966 it was re-opened at Disneyland. Walt Disney commissioned the talented and inspired illustrator Mary Blair to It’s a Small World. Blair is a legend within the design community and her simplicity and whimsical style were the perfect choice for these iconic characters. Whitbread Wilkinson (w2 products Ltd) have revisited these stunning archive artworks to recreate a new collection in the spirit of Mary’s original designs. As a result the London (UK) based company now introduced eight cup, bowl & plate sets, made from a heat resistant grade of PLA. The material, developed in China in cooperation with the Chinese Academy of Sciences is 100% recylable and biodegradable. It can be used safely in a microwave and dishwasher, “something old-fashioned melamine is not,” as Jackie Piper, Director of Whitbread Wilkinson says. The classic cups, bowls and plates have been transformed and cleverly crafted to form mini-people in a stacked set. “We are launching with eight charming characters; each wrapped in the colourful archive graphics from It’s a Small World,” Jackie adds. Packaged in eye-catching standup packs-these characters are ready to add some real personality to any childs mealtime. Most probably the real fun will start when you start to mix and match bodies and heads... A small world just got bigger! MT Good News in the last minute It has been a long tradition, not only in England or in Germany to model rail transport systems at a reduced scale. The first good news was that German model railway accessories manufacturer Vollmer started to make miniature buildings from PLA a few years ago. The website read: “Due to limited resources on our planet and also due to gigantic oil catastrophes in the past months, the Vollmer Company has committed itself to find alternatives to fossil fuel based plastic materials. The result is a plastic material with a minimum of 80 % recyclable raw materials. And additional to that: the BIO-material is fully degradable.” Then, a few weeks ago, when the preparation to this toysissue started, Vollmer announced that they just went out of business. This was not due to any bankruptcy or the like, but the company explained that the overall market situation for model railway accessories had become difficult. Now, the latest good news: The business of Vollmer is being continued since September by Viessmann Modellspielwaren GmbH from Hatzfeld, Germany. We just received a confirmation that Viessmann wil also continue the ecological approach and offer miniature model buildings and accessories made from PLA based bioplastics. “One reason is that PLA can be laser-cut, which is not possible with the traditional polystyrene materials, as a spokesperson of Viessmann pointed out. MT www.designedinlondon.com/category/6/children www.vollmer-online.de Nova Nature teethers, soothers and trumpet Nova Nature(Vancouver, Canada and Blaine, Washington, USA) specializes in high quality natural toys and gifts. As a company, they are growing out of the desire to provide toys that are safe, natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable. PlantBaby ® teethes and rattles are made from plant-based natural plastic, Ingeo PLA from NatureWorks. There are some eight styles of enviro-friendly ther design is inviting for babies with soothing colours, gentle rattling sound, and an easy to grasp, hold and shake handle. Safe, flexible and soft parts which are made of silicone are perfect for chewing. Babies will enjoy playing the musical mouthpiece called Plant Rattle Trumpet and exploring the beads on the handle. All toys conform to the North American ASTM Toy Safety Standard, F-963, and PlantBaby rattles and teethers. The tee- there are no age restrictions for use. www.novanatureworld.com 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/14] Vol. 9

Toys Bioplastic baby products Safe for babies and better for the environment. For decades our children were exposed to toys that contain harmful chemicals, some causing adverse and long-term health problems. BPA, PVC, Phthalates, Styrenes and Heavy Metals are well-known health offenders associated with many oil-based plastics. These materials, in whole or used as additives, may be present in items used everyday including toys. Some of these substances can act as hormone disruptors linked to possible reproductive problems and birth defects, some are potent carcinogens that accumulate in animals and in humans, some are known neurotoxins with other negative health effects. To add insult to the injury, those toys can cause long lasting environmental problems such as pollution and deforestation, to say the least. Bioserie (Hong Kong) bioplastic baby products are an excellent alternative for addressing parents’ need of using safe baby products which do not contain any potentially harmful chemicals. Bioserie’s products also provide an alternative to consumers who are looking for environmentally responsible products. Bioserie bioplastic baby products are made using Ingeo PLA by NatureWorks and a proprietary blend of biobased components. They are tested and certified by USDA to be 100% biobased. They contain absolutely no oil based plastics and no oil based chemicals, thereby they protect C babies and the environment from both known and yet-to-be M known harmful effects of oil based chemicals and plastics. EN 71 and ASTM F963 toys safety tests for the US and the Y EU markets are already concluded for the first product, CM bioplastic teether for babies. There were absolutely no oil MY based chemicals and heavy metals detected in those tests. CY Bioserie utilizes its own twice award-nominated (in CMY 2013, in Germany and the USA) innovative bioplastics manufacturing technology to produce heat resistant, K 100% biobased injection moulded products. Their own manufacturing technology is key for our claim to being completely free of oil-based chemicals. “After developing our bioplastics manufacturing technology to a level suitable for mainstream durable consumer product applications, we identified a consumer product category that can benefit the most from our technology”, says Kaya Kaplancali, Founder & CEO at Bioserie. “We cooperated with NatureWorks LLC and PolyOne Corp during the R&D phase.” MT www.bioserie.com magnetic_148,5x105.ai 175.00 lpi 15.00° 75.00° 0.00° 45.00° 14.03.2009 10:13:31 Prozess CyanProzess MagentaProzess GelbProzess Schwarz Magnetic www.plasticker.com for Plastics • International Trade in Raw Materials, Machinery & Products Free of Charge • Daily News from the Industrial Sector and the Plastics Markets • Current Market Prices for Plastics. • Buyer’s Guide for Plastics & Additives, Machinery & Equipment, Subcontractors and Services. • Job Market for Specialists and Executive Staff in the Plastics Industry Up-to-date • Fast • Professional bioplastics MAGAZINE [05/14] Vol. 9 37

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