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Toys Could a Koala

Toys Could a Koala soothe a teething Baby? By: Beatrice Radaelli Co-Founder eKoala Srl Cavenago di Brianza, Italy Sure, if the Koala is a special BIOplastic one! Their names are eKolly and eKummy and they are two innovative bioplastic teethers made by the Italian company eKoala. Although the exact timing of teething can vary from child to child, babies typically begin the process around 6 months. This can be a very painful and difficult process both for babies and parents, as infants may become annoying or cranky while their new teeth emerge. Pediatricians and dentists suggest, among the many remedies on the market, the use of teething rings made of hard rubber. “The importance of teething rings in the period of early childhood should not be underestimated. These toys stimulate the musculoskeletal development (muscular and bone development) of the jaw. And not least is the therapeutic effect that, thanks to their massage on the gums, produces relief and distraction in the annoying phase of the first dental eruption” says Dr. Cristian Carosi – ROOS Dental Clinic in Milan, Italy. And what’s better than a teething ring made of non-toxic bioplastic 100 % safe for our children? Without our knowledge, plastic toys and objects could often be a real dummy of toxic substances dangerous for our kids’ health and development. We are used to thinking of plastic as something external to our body. Recent studies showed instead how many plastic-related substances could be found in our body, ingested together with the food we eat or the water we drink. BPA and phthalates are considered the major threats to our health (BPA is the basic component of traditional plastic; phthalates are additives used for plastic synthesis). Replacing traditional plastic with bioplastics represents therefore a major step towards the development and marketing of more sustainable products made from non-toxic ingredients. eKoala is the first 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! The principle that drives eKoala’s innovative way of thinking is in fact the reduction of the impact that our choices have on our planet. Now parents can let the koala soothe their teething baby without concern. Since they are made of Mater-Bi, these funny teething rings do not contain any BPA, phthalates or other toxic substances. Their design is also studied to guarantee the best ergonomics, strictly complying with all safety regulations. They are ideal for those who take responsibility as a key factor for their buying behaviour and choose to leave a better world to future generations: www.ekoala.eu 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/18] Vol. 13

Show Preview CHINAPLAS 2018 Preview To swim with the tide is the key to survival. But how? Answers are to be found at CHINAPLAS 2018, the Asia’s no. 1 plastics and rubber trade fair, replete with cutting edge solutions from around the world, featuring the latest materials, equipment and technology, providing a high-speed train for businesses to join the bandwagon.A specially dedicated Bioplastics Zone will be located in Hall 7.2. On the following pages bioplastics MAGAZINE presents some of the highlights including a floorplan that shall help visitors find the related bioplastics exhibitors quick and easy. A bright future for biodegradable plastics Biodegradability is a rising star in packaging. On February 7, 2018, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Standardization Administration of the PR China released a new version of the “Packings for Express Service” series of national standards and made it clear for the first time that courier packaging should make use of biodegradable plastics. According to statistics, the courier industry in China used about 14.7 billion plastic bags in 2016. It is an inevitable step to take to resolve the conflict between packaging and the environment and accelerate the pace to adopt green, biodegradable materials and technology. PHA bio-based fully biodegradable polymers from Sogreen Technology Co., Ltd. can be decomposed by microorganisms within 3-6 months. The polymers can substitute 50% plastics. It can be used for the production of disposable products, such as mulch films, plastic bags, and foam lunch boxes. Zhejiang Hisun Biomaterials Co., Ltd.’s REVODE Polylactide Resin is made from 100 % renewable resources. REVODE is an environmentally-friendly material, produced with low carbon-emission methods. Products made of REVODE are 100% biodegradable. It is widely used in disposable tableware and packaging bags. Visitors can find out more about this resin at CHINAPLAS 2018. By: CHINAPLAS 2018 will take place from 24-27 April 2018 Jacek at Leciński, the National Andrea Siebert-Raths Exhibition and Convention Center, Daniela Jahn and Jessica Rutz Hongqiao, Shanghai (NECC), PR China. Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites In the next issue we will have a comprehensive review. University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Hannover, Germany Total Corbion-PLA Total Corbion PLA will display be a number of partner applications based on Luminy ® PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) resins from Total Corbion PLA. The PLA portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades. To demonstrate the innovative high heat capabilities of Luminy PLA, visitors are welcome to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee at their booth, 6.2J77, brewed from a PLA coffee capsule and served in a PLA cup. Examples of innovative PLA applications on display include a bioplastic thermoformed black platter for attractive presentation of foods, PLA injection molded speaker housings by Os-Tech and Usher, PLA toys by GRABIO, DJ Toys and Genius Toy Taiwan, PLA-lined paper cups from Totempak, single-use PLA aprons from Gaia, PLA coffee cup lids from WinGram, PLA tea bags from Nonwoven Network, PLA coffee capsules from Guanghe, thermoformed PLA packaging from Bio4Pack, foamed PLA ice cream packaging from Synbra, PLA ISBM bottles from Gaojieli, PLA non-woven applications from Yangtze, injection molded PLA tableware from COFCO and serviceware from Heersi and PLA toothbrushes from PolyAlloy. www.total-corbion.com 6.2J77 NatureWorks From coffee capsules to food serviceware and appliances to 3D printing, NatureWorks has been leading applications innovation for biomaterials since 1989, and the following innovations are waiting for Chinaplas attendees at the NatureWorks Chinaplas exhibit Hall 7.2/Stand J25. A new generation of coffee capsules show how this packaging can be designed to enhance beverage taste and aroma while offering a compostable solution after use. NatureWorks’ 3D printing grades take quality filament to a new, higher level of performance and greatly extend the range of PLA applications. Bioplastic food serviceware including cups with state of the art coatings and utensils with higher strength and heat resistance are contributing to reduced levels of organic waste going to landfills for significant benefits to cities and venues implementing zero waste initiatives. NatureWorks features a refrigerator liner that reduces energy consumption over the life of the appliance by up to 13 %. And much, much more. Be sure to attend the NatureWorks Tech Talk on April 26, 10:50am-11:00am in hall 4.2 / booth T51. www.natureworksllc.com 7.2J25 31 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/18] Vol. 13 37

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