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Issue 01/2017

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Material-News New biodegradable plastic for horticultural applications Green Dot Bioplastics (Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA) has developed a new biodegradable biocomposite for horticultural applications made from reclaimed biobased feedstocks. What is more symbolic of sustainability than nurturing a healthy garden? Greenhouses and gardeners can now lessen the environmental impact of plastic pots with a new high-performing biodegradable plastic from Green Dot Bioplastics. Made from 80 % reclaimed and 80 % biobased material, Terratek ® BD2114 from Green Dot Bioplastics is a renewable and biodegradable alternative to traditional plastic pots. Reclaimed plant fibers serve as a visual reminder that this planter will safely return to nature once its useful life has ended. Biodegradation rates will vary according to environment and part size. Using biodegradable plantable pots made with Terratek BD2114 can reduce greenhouse water consumption by more than 80 %. Current compostable planters are most often made from paper, peat or cardboard. These absorbent materials allow water to quickly evaporate from potting soil, requiring growers to water plants more often. Terratek BD2114 does not absorb water, retaining moisture in the potting soil. Plantable pots made with Terratek BD2114 also provide advantages for retailers. The biocomposite plastic is more durable and has a longer shelf life compared to traditional biodegradable pots. The plastic can be easily colored to enhance product differentiation. Green Dot Bioplastics CEO, Mark Remmert explained, “Our new Terratek biodegradable biocomposite offers unique functional and aesthetic attributes with a lighter environmental footprint compared to horticulture containers currently in use.” Terratek BD2114 from Green Dot is an ideal material to make plantable pots or tree and shrub containers more sustainable. The company can provide custom formulations of biobased and biodegradable materials to fit all types of horticultural applications. MT AVALON Industries takes over all biobased chemistry activities from AVA-CO2 AVALON Industries AG, the new entity of Swiss-based company AVA-CO2 Schweiz AG, announced in mid-December it is taking over all biobased chemistry activities from AVA-CO2 with immediate effect. In response to rapid application developments relating to biobased chemical 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (5-HMF) and following increased 5-HMF demand from value chain partners, Avalon Industries was created to take advantage of new market opportunities and to prepare for future large-scale production in order to meet the huge demand of the rapidly growing market for biobased chemicals – specifically in the areas of bioplastics as well as biobased resins and adhesives. A subsidiary of AVA- CO2, Avalon Industries is taking over all operational activities from AVA-CO2 and will focus on the global implementation of the Hydrothermal Processing (HTP) technology for the industrial-scale production of 5-HMF. This technology was successfully developed and patented by AVA-CO2 over the last seven years. AVA Biochem BSL AG, the operator of the ‘Biochem-1’ production plant in Muttenz, Switzerland, becomes an Avalon Industries subsidiary and will continue to focus on 5-HMF production for the fine chemicals market. With this Avalon Industries is now taking control of the existing 5-HMF production capacity, as well as the expertise and know-how related to the proprietary HTP technology. In this constellation, Avalon Industries is fully equipped for the future successful, commercial, industrial-scale implementation of 5-HMF production. “We are excited about this new development, which brings us closer towards the large-scale commercialisation of 5-HMF and its downstream applications such as 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA), Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) as well as non-toxic, biobased resins and adhesives,” a spokesperson of Avalon mentioned in a press release. MT 20 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/17] Vol. 12

Material-News Material-News CO 2 Cyanobacteria technology now suitable for PLA Photanol (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) is a platform renewable chemicals company that utilises proprietary engineered cyanobacteria to process carbon dioxide and sunlight into valuable chemical products. Photanol’s technology and patents are based on the genetic modification of cyanobacteria to produce a broad range of biochemicals. These bacteria are natural photosynthesizers, drawing energy from abundant and free sunlight on one hand, and carbon from abundant and problematic CO 2 on the other. Biobased chemicals have faced challenges in continued penetration of the global market, relating to low fossil fuel prices, land/food discussions and major supply chain constraints. Cyanobacteria offer a much simpler, renewable pathway for chemical production and have the potential to emerge as the sustainable production platform for next-generation clean chemicals. Already suitable to produce over 15 chemical compounds, Photanol has now developed a pathway to produce Lactic Acid using their CO 2 cyanobacteria photosynthesis technology which makes it possible to produce PLA bioplastics with many intrinsic advantages over feed stocks that are currently in use. Firstly, Photanol doesn’t require the use of arable land as the photobioreactor can be placed on waste land or deserts and is therefore non food-competing. The only thing needed is sufficient sunlight. Secondly, it absorbs CO 2 which will not only provide an ecological benefit, it also creates potential value in terms of carbon credits. In addition, there will be no feedstock volatility and Photanol’s technology will be cost competitive with today’s feedstock. Having finalised the pilot stage, Photanol is preparing the construction and operation of a 20 tonnes Photobioreactor Demonstration Plant. Photanol is currently in discussion with parties in the biochemical and bioplastics industry and welcomes other value chain parties to join the Photanol consortium. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/17] Vol. 12 21

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