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Issue 02/2017

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Application News Environment-friendly toy blocks The Chinese toy company BanBao is committed to build a better tomorrow, and for this reason will start producing sustainable and environment-friendly building blocks made of new biobased materials. The educational toy brand with its headquarters in Shantou (Province Guangdong), China will start its production near Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The new eco-friendly toy line will be called BioBuddi. Regulators increasingly warn of unsafe toys that fail to meet safety requirements. The controls have been tightened with more recalls as a result. The desire for environmentfriendly and safer toys is greater among parents, according to research. Steven van Bommel (CEO BanBao Europe, Venlo, The Netherlands) explains: “Almost any regular plastic building block toy used until now, even ours is made from petrochemicals (ABS or PP). Conventional plastic toys rely on increasingly scarce resources and in the process of being manufactured they cause between 2 - 7 times their own weight in greenhouse gases to be emitted into our atmosphere. “Our new ‘green’ biobased building blocks contain 0 % oil-based chemicals, because our raw materials are derived from plants.” The BanBao toy blocks will be made from 100 % biobased PE (Green PE from sugar cane), as Steven told bioplastics MAGAZINE. “We also do not add any oil-based chemicals during the manufacturing process to ‘enhance’ the performance or colour of our product. The packaging (FSC Certified paper), stickers (Green PE), instructions and glue will also be 100 % biobased. The quality of the building blocks has amazed us, the blocks perfectly fits to our non-biobased building blocks and those of the competition. Even the price can compete against the competition, mainly using ABS and PP plastics as its basic raw material. It is an exciting project that can have a positive impact on the planet and can change the toy industry,” says Steven van Bommel. The new product line is developed in collaboration with Biopromotions, a dutch company which specializes in products made of biodegradable and biobased plastics. Robert de Waal (CEO Biopromotions) is very pleased about the new partnership; “BanBao was looking for an alternative ‘green’ raw material for making their toy bricks. Soon they came into contact with us. Our knowledge has grown enormously over the years and we accepted the challenge.” The sustainable and environmental friendly product line will consist of over 13 toy boxes suitable for children in the age of 1,5 to 6 years old. The new BioBuddi product line will be available in stores in the autumn of 2017. MT Organic 3.0 natural cosmetics in bio-PE bottles The German company SPEICK natural cosmetics (Leinfeldern-Echterdingen, Germany) has recently been awarded the Best New Product Award at VIVANESS 2017 (International Trade Fair for Natural and Organic Personal Care, February 2017 Nuremberg,Germany) in the Body Care category for their brand new Organic 3.0 body lotion. The palm oil free formula that is easily biodegradable and has a recyclable structure won over the trade professionals completely at the world’s leading trade fair for natural cosmetics. And - it is packaged in bottles made of renewable materials. The lotion is COSMOS certified and features an extremely soft, velvety texture, a subtle, pleasant scent and environmental values. Energised water and organic rye flour ferment complete the detox formula. VIVANESS bestows the Best New Product Award every year at the international trade fair for natural and organic cosmetics in Nuremberg, Germany. “Organic 3.0 stands for concepts that promote sustainability, foster growth without sacrificing quality and enhance our credibility among our customer base. An additional objective is to create a firmer footing for ecological farming and its principles as a model for the development of a sustainable agricultural and food sector;” Says Anke Boy; Marketing and Product Management at Speick. The bottle material for the Organic 3.0 body lotion as well as the shower gel is made fom Green PE, a 100 % biobased polyethylene made from sugar cane. The sugar cane is grown in Brazil in the context of sustainable resource- and socialmanagement ProForest. Speick is a family business with a history of more than 85 years. They are proud to source their raw ingredients and packaging primarily from the own country. Now in the third generation, the company develops and produces exclusively at their German premises. MT 42 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/17] Vol. 12

Application Automotive News Recycling Containers Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc. and Braskem recently announced a 3-year partnership in which Solegear will utilize Braskem’s Green PE (bio-Polyethylene) to produce and distribute a series of household recycling containers under its good natured brand. The first products resulting from this partnership has been on display since mid March (starting at the Natural Products Expo in Anaheim, California USA). “Solegear continues its strong partnership development, building momentum to drive adoption of bioplastics in the marketplace,” shared Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “This latest partnership illustrates our team’s commitment to seek out the best biobased ingredients for each application and then create finished bioplastic products and packaging that are being demanded by today’s environmentally conscious consumers.” “This partnership has strategic value for Braskem. It will provide us access to new markets and strengthen the company’s growth in North America,” said Gustavo Sergi, responsible for Braskem’s Renewable Chemicals team. MT | Environmentally friendly stand-up paddleboard fin Surf equipment manufacturer, Futures Fins (Huntington Beach, California, USA), introduced a new fin for stand-up paddleboards (SUP) created from biocomposites. The RWC (reclaimed wood composite) Keel is an environmentally friendly biocomposite-based fin that meets, and in some aspects exceeds, traditional performance demands. The new fin is made from a wood-plastic composite manufactured by Green Dot Bioplastics (Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, USA). Futures Fins came to Green Dot looking for an environmentally friendly material with the natural aesthetics of wood, that also met the performance requirements of the engineering-grade plastics normally used for this application. One of Green Dot’s Terratek woodplastic composites, a blend of reclaimed wood fibers with recycled plastic, was the right solution. Futures Fins’ prerogative has been to market products as the ultimate, premium performance. They use materials such as carbon fiber and Kevlar to produce high-quality, performance-driven, dramatic-looking fins. The new biocomposite fin disrupts this traditional marketing model. Visually, The RWC Keel tells a different story than the other products. It’s a fin that looks and feels different than anything else Futures Fins manufactures, but performs at the same level, or better than many of the other fins for stand-up paddleboards. Each SUP fin receives a rating on the Speed vs Stability scale based on flex, rake and foil tests to assist customers in determining the specifics they need according to their skill level and desires. Futures Fins makes thousands of plastic products every year. As surfers who manufacture equipment in Huntington Beach for other surfers, they are deeply connected to the beach and ocean. Seeing trash and plastic waste wash up on the beach was more than bothersome. The owners felt a responsibility to protect the environment, and aimed to create a product that would reduce landfill waste and be as friendly to the earth as possible. Collaborating with Green Dot Bioplastics and using the woodplastic composite wasn’t Futures Fins’ first attempt at creating an environmentally friendly fin. Previous materials were also experimented with: mushroom foam, hemp, flax, soy-based items and more. Ultimately, these materials were difficult to work with, and did not meet the performance level required. The composite used ended up being a plug-and-play solution. It’s easy to mold, and creates a product that’s about 35 % lighter than the standard products Futures Fins manufactures. Green Dot’s wood-plastic composite can achieve a wide range of characteristics by adjusting the species, size and concentration of wood particles in the formulation. While the formulation can change to produce dramatic differences, the common characteristic among all iterations is sustainability. Futures Fins is living up to their name as they plan to continue collaborating with Green Dot Bioplastics to introduce more products utilizing biocomposites and bioplastics. The key will be increasing the stiffness while keeping the product light, a task Green Dot is prepared to help Futures Fins achieve. This will enable fins to be made for long board and twin fin surfboards as well. The holy grail will be the development of a biocomposite or bioplastic for short boards, but the aggressive riding style demands more out of the fin. MT | bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/17] Vol. 12 43

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