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Issue 01/2019

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Highlights: Automotive Foam Basics: Green public procurement Cover Story: PHB for food packaging

PRESENTS The Bioplastics

PRESENTS The Bioplastics Award will be presented during the 14 th European Bioplastics Conference December 03-04, 2019, Berlin, Germany 2019 THE FOURTEENTH ANNUAL GLOBAL AWARD FOR DEVELOPERS, MANUFACTURERS AND USERS OF BIOBASED AND/OR BIODEGRADABLE PLASTICS. Call for proposals Enter your own product, service or development, or nominate your favourite example from another organisation Please let us know until August 31 st 1. What the product, service or development is and does 2. Why you think this product, service or development should win an award 3. What your (or the proposed) company or organisation does Your entry should not exceed 500 words (approx. 1 page) and may also be supported with photographs, samples, marketing brochures and/or technical documentation (cannot be sent back). The 5 nominees must be prepared to provide a 30 second videoclip and come to Berlin on December 3 th , 2019. An entry form can be found at www.bioplasticsmagazine.com/award supported by 22 bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/19] Vol. 14

Application Automotive News Corona introduces alternative to oxodegradables Corona (Mexico City, Mexico) recently announced that it will pilot plastic-free six pack rings in select markets as part of the brand’s commitment with Parley for the Oceans to lead the industry with eco-friendly packaging. Both Corona and Parley have a shared mission to help protect the world’s oceans and beaches from marine plastic pollution. The partnership began with a commitment to protect 100 islands by 2020 and expands to include the pursuit of scalable innovation that can change the status quo. With roughly 8 million tonnes of plastic entering the ocean each year*, there is a need to confront the issue on multiple fronts, which is why Corona has adopted Parley’s A.I.R. strategy to not only avoid and intercept plastic as much as possible, but also help redesign solutions that use the material. Although Corona is primarily packaged in glass and fiberboard, the brand sees an opportunity to help redesign a common source of plastic in the category: sixpack rings. The plastic-free rings being tested are made from plant-based biodegradable fibers, with a mix of by-product waste and compostable materials. If left in the environment, they break down into organic material that is not harmful to wildlife, whereas the industry standard plastic six-pack rings are made from a oxodegradable form of polyethylene that results in increasingly smaller pieces of plastic if not recycled. Although most plastic rings are recyclable, the reality is that the majority of all plastic ever created hasn’t been recycled, which is the motivation for brands like Corona to pursue solutions that avoid the material entirely. That journey starts in the brand’s homeland of Mexico, where the plastic-free rings will be piloted in Tulum at the beginning of the year. “The beach is an important part of Corona’s DNA and we have been working with Parley to address the issue on the frontlines where plastic is physically accumulating,” said Evan Ellman, Corona Better World Director. “We also recognize the influence a global brand like Corona can have on the industry, and with the support of Parley, are pursuing scalable solutions like plasticfree six-pack rings that can become a new standard to avoid plastic for good.” Since the partnership launched in 2017, Corona and Parley have conducted over three hundred clean-ups in over 15 countries, including the Maldives, Palau, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Chile, Indonesia, Italy, South Africa and Australia, with over seven thousand volunteers from more than two hundred locations participating in the project, totalling in more than three million pounds of plastic waste collected. MT www.corona.com *: www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2018/06/ plastic-planet-waste-pollution-trash-crisis/ A rainbow full of fun eKoala (Cavenago di Brianza, Italy) is an Italian company producing kid products entirely made of bioplastics. All eKoala products are made of a special Mater-Bi ® bioplastic by Novamont, Novara, Italy, and since eKoala always puts safety first, all the products have been tested by an international testing agency, to be sure they do not contain any harmful substance. Last but not least, all eKoala products are entirely biodegradable. In summer 2018 eKoala launched a new product: eKaboom, a toy enclosed in a sound! Consisting of five funny pots this toy set for playing (not only) in the bath or at the beach can serve as a colorful pyramid, his/ her first Rock’n Roll drums and much more. “A rainbow full of fun,” as Beatrice Radaelli, who founded eKoala together with her husband Daniele, calls it. The stacking toy eKaboom is closed in a small bucket so kids can always carry with them. MT www.ekoala.eu bioplastics MAGAZINE [01/19] Vol. 14 23

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