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Application News New biobased sustainable eyewear Eyewear company Charmant USA has announced the launch of Awear, a line of eco-friendly eyeglasses. Composed of recyclable plant-based biobased plastics, plus biodegradable demo lenses. Its inaugural collection of ergonomic eyewear was designed to be lightweight, fashion-forward and completely eco-friendly. The brand boasts an unyielding commitment to environmentally conscious practices, from design to production. All of the glasses’ frames and sun lenses are made with sustainable materials – the frames themselves are created from recyclable plant-based biobased polyamide. And since the bio-polyamide is made from a plant-based material, each ergonomically fitted frame boasts reduced carbon-dioxide emissions and water use compared with conventional eyewear. Production is another important factor for the company. The temple pieces for each pair of glasses (made of a biobased elastomer material) are hand-assembled, ultimately making the process more energy efficient. The frames are also designed with a high-chemical resistant material that eliminates the need for spray coating pieces, a factor that reduces overall water usage in production. Even the demo lenses are biobased and biodegradable and are made from PLA. “Awear is different and exceptional from any other eyewear collection,” Michele Ziss, director of product and marketing at Charmant, said in a statement. “The materials and production processes have distinctive properties and a unique story because they are environmentally friendly.” Aimed at style-conscious and environmentally savvy millennials, Awear debuts this month with seven optical frames and two styles of sunglasses for men and women. Yosuke Shimano, the collection’s lead designer, credited the vivacity of life in the landscapes that surround him for inspiring the range of translucent yet saturated colors. “It is with this concept, that Awear can make an equally bold style and eco-savvy statement,” the company added. KL PHA for safer toys Italy-based Bio-on laboratories have created a new type of bioplastic, designed to make safe and eco-sustainable children’s toys. Dubbed Minerv PHA Supertoys, the new material has now been used for the first time for the manufacture of building bricks. Based on Bio-on’s biodegradable biopolymer (PHA), which has already been tested in applications ranging from automotive to design to biomedical, biobased Supertoys is safe, and hygienic, and it meets and exceeds the provisions of the recent European Directive 2009/48/ EC, known as the TDS (Toy Safety Directive), implemented into the standard international procedure for toy safety evaluation EN 71. Bio-On has developed an exclusive process for the production of a family of PHA polymers from agricultural waste (including molasses and sugar cane and sugar beet syrups). Bio-On PHA is certified by Vincotte and by USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) as 100 % biobased and completely biodegradable. The Minerv PHA Supertoys project was launched by Bio-on with no commercial goal, aiming solely to demonstrate whether or not specific, eco-sustainable and completely biodegradable formulations could be created to manufacture child-safe, environmentally friendly toys, without compromising on the functionality or aesthetic appeal of the end product. “The presence of toxic substances in toys is still a very serious problem today,” says Bio-on S.p.A. Chairman Marco Astorri. “We are convinced that this new discovery can make a decisive contribution to the health of our children.” The first product chosen as the demonstrator for the new material was a LEGO ® -style building bricks. Astorri explained that the company had chosen this product, because of the relative difficulty in producing it. “It has a tolerance of 2 µm and the fact that we have succeeded in guaranteeing such a high quality level gives us confidence for future developments,” he said. The research project is open to all laboratories and companies around the world working on toy design. The goal is to create two types of bioplastic by the end of 2017: Minerv PHA Supertoys type R, a rigid, strong grade, and Minerv PHA Supertoys type F, which will be ductile and flexible. KL/MT 28 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/16] Vol. 11

Application News New Ice-cream container At the SIGEP Exhibition in Rimini, Italy (23 – 27 January 2016) a new line of ice-cream containers made from BioFoam ® has been introduced by the companies Erreme (Foligno, Italy) and Domogel (Costa di Mezzate, Italy). They are two of the leading producers of ice-cream packaging in Italy. The BioFoam containers are produced by Synprodo, Wijchen, The Netherlands. The ice containers are put into the market under the name Greeny and come in two models 500 ml and 1000 ml. The insulating properties of the containers keep the ice cool for several hours allowing the consumers to take it home for consumption. Assuming an external temperature of 25 °C, the temperature of the ice cream stored in a BioFoam container will vary by 2 °C per hour. With a thermoformed layer of PLA on the inside the entire container is still completely bio-based and compostable (certified as industrially compostable according to EN13432). In Italy officially allowed by law since last year, consumers can dispose of the empty containers in their biowaste bin. After an official Press Conference and during the following days on the exhibition the revolutionary new concept for Italy gained a lot of interest and the producers are confident that the coming years the Greeny box will grow and take market share on the Italian and other markets. 9. Biowerkstoff-Kongress HIGHLIGHTS OF THE WORLDWIDE BIOECONOMY: 1 st Day (5 April 2016) • Policy & markets • New bio-based building blocks • Biorefineries • Innovation Award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2016” 2 nd Day (6 April 2016) • Building blocks and polymers • Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) • Lignin utilisation Organiser Venue & Accomodation Maternushaus Cologne, Germany Kardinal-Frings-Str. 1–3, 50668 Cologne +49 (0)221 163 10 | Book now 10% reduction – enter code bpm10 during your booking process Contact Dominik Vogt Conference Manager +49 (0)2233 4814-49 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/16] Vol. 11 29

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