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issue 02/2021

  • Text
  • Balance
  • Moulding
  • Carbon
  • Recycling
  • Plastics
  • Sustainable
  • Products
  • Renewable
  • Biobased
  • Packaging
  • Materials
  • Bioplastics
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Application News

Application News Biodegradable packaging for electronics Due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) damaging electronic devices, the industry experiences immense losses running into billions of dollars yearly. Croatia-based EcoCortec has announced its world-first biodegradable, compostable, and static-dissipative film and bags. The triboelectric effect produces electrostatic charges and involves electrons’ transfer from one surface to another at varying electrostatic potential. It is a high-current event (1– 15 A) with a short duration (1–100 nanoseconds). To minimize damages caused by ESD the industries follow several preventive steps while developing electronic products. One of these steps is using ESD protective packaging such as shielding bags to handle and transport electronic devices. The Eco-Corr Film ® ESD provides an eco-friendly packaging solution. This has innumerable industrial uses directed towards various industries such as static sensitive electronics, packaging, telecommunications, and electric cars. It is a biodegradable alternative to conventional polyethylene electrostatic dissipating (ESD) films. Eco-Corr Film ESD or Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI) films possess permanent anti-static and anticorrosive properties. The use of this film or bags ensures an immediate decrease or elimination of static buildup, irrespective of the presence or absence of humidity. This material is also sensitive to multi-metal items such as electronics and forms a molecular layer that prevents corrosion on metal substrates. This is made possible because the molecular anti-corrosion protective layer prevents any interference with electronic components’ physical or chemical properties. This film can be used without cleaning or degreasing the metal surface. The film can be stored indoors and outdoors, without exposure to direct sunlight at a temperature range of 4–38 °C. The material’s shelf life is around two years. Furthermore, the Eco-Corr Film does not affect optical properties, the plastics used in the electronics industry, and it also does not contain any free amines or harmful Prop 65 ingredients. AT www.cortecvci.com Compostable packaging doubles shelf life of fresh produce Compostable packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to offer fully compostable packaging that extends the shelf-life of fresh produce. The resulting laser microperforated compostable film provides retailers and suppliers with the ideal packaging qualities to reduce food waste, combat plastic pollution, and cut carbon emissions. TIPA and PerfoTec’s combined technologies have been found to extend the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables, and flowers by up to 2x. TIPA’s compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics, or other pollutants. Its packaging solutions seamlessly fit with the industry’s machinery and manufacturing practices. PerfoTec’s patented High Precision Laser Technology facilitates longer shelf-life by adapting the permeability of food packaging. These technologies provide an innovative end-of-life solution for produce packaging while supplying retailers and endconsumers with extended produce shelf-life. The partnership comes in response to high consumer demand to reduce food waste and combat plastic pollution. Some 85 % of UK consumers believe compostable packaging should be used to wrap food as an alternative to plastic. Industry demand for environmental plastic substitutes that don’t compromise produce quality is also rising. PerfoTec’s CEO, Bas Groeneweg said: “After months of trials with this film, we realised that TIPA’s compostable film combined with PerfoTec’s patented laser perforation provided the best shelf-life for fruits, vegetables, and flowers by far. It provides longer shelf-life and freshness which means fewer quality losses, less food waste, and cost savings for producers and retailers. Partnering with TIPA to create compostable packaging that can outperform conventional plastic is a hugely exciting step forward for sustainable packaging.” Ayellet Zinger, VP of Sales for TIPA said: “In combining our technologies, TIPA and PerfoTec form a synergistic partnership that optimises flexible packaging for produce. We have created an exceptional product that extends the shelf-life with a protective and fully compostable film that decomposes just like the products it is packaging. TIPA and PerfoTec bring huge added value for flexible produce packaging, reducing food and packaging waste, and providing solutions for the future of sustainable packaging.” AT www.tipa-corp.com Day 1 Day 8 with marco perforation Day 8 TIPA Compostable packaging with PerforTecmMicro laser perforation 36 bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16

Application News Biodegradable Packaging for Skittles Mars Wrigley (Chicago, Illinois, USA), the maker of some of the world’s most beloved treats and snacks, and Danimer Scientific (Bainbridge, Georgia, USA), a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, recently announced a two-year partnership to develop an innovative home compostable packaging. Download the free bioplastics MAGAZINE App! Mars will leverage the company’s global portfolio of iconic treats and snacks to enable consumers to compost at home, working together with consumers and supplychain partners to support a healthy planet. The first brand Mars will introduce will be Skittles ® in the U.S., enabling consumers to enjoy delicious, fun, and environmentally friendly treats. Danimer’s Nodax ® polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is produced through natural fermentation processes using plant oils such as soy and canola and biodegrades in both soil and marine environments. Mars will continue to evaluate opportunities to scale this novel, innovative, and sustainable packaging technology across its portfolio of brands and categories. Danimer and Mars plan to introduce Nodax PHA into flexible and rigid packaging that reliably breaks down in both industrial composting facilities and backyard compost units. Nodax PHA possesses six TÜV AUSTRIA certifications of industrial and home compostability, is biodegradable in soil, freshwater, and marine environments and is 100 % biobased. All of Danimer Scientific’s biopolymers, including Nodax PHA, are FDA approved for food contact. The aim of this collaboration is new, biodegradable packaging for various Mars brands, starting with smaller and single packs that are more likely to be littered and typically less likely to be recycled. Mars is leaning into this problem by creating new-to-world packs for a wide range of formats that can significantly support a sustainable planet. The joint development agreement is a key component of Mars’ comprehensive strategy to transform its packaging portfolio to support a circular economy and to drive progress against its goal of 100 % reusable, recyclable, or compostable packaging by 2025. AT Our free Android and iOS App lets you read bioplastics MAGAZINE on your mobile device. You can easily read bioplastics MAGAZINE not only on your smartphone, but on your tablet as well. NEW ! Our 15 th anniversary gift to you: Read all issues back to 2006 on your mobile device*. Try it now! Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App-Store search for „bioplasticsmagazine“. The QR Code will lead you to the respective store automatically. You can also check out the new ePaper webkiosk at: www.mars.com | www.danimerscientific.com https://epaper.bioplasticsmagazine.com *: (may become a paid service after 2021) bioplastics MAGAZINE [02/21] Vol. 16 37

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