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Issue 03/2017

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Application News Luxury cosmetics packaging Total Corbion PLA presented a number of application examples at interpack (4 – 10 May) in Düsseldorf, Germany. Among these examples visitors could see applications in packaging and serviceware based on Luminy ® PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) resins from Total Corbion PLA. The Luminy PLA portfolio, which includes both high heat and standard PLA grades, is an innovative material that is used in a wide range of markets from packaging to consumer goods, fibers and automotive. One particularly interesting example was an innovative solution for luxury cosmetics packaging that was demonstrated in the form of biodegradable wood composite soap case. Developed by the Finnish company Sulapac Oy, the material Sulapac ® stands out above plastic packaging with its unique and premium wooden appearance. While it is manufactured only from safe, renewable and pure raw materials and it does not contain any ecologically harmful compounds, it still is as efficient and durable as a material as conventional plastic. After publishing an article on Good News from Finland it “brought a fair few people to knock on the company’s founders Suvi Haimi and Laura Kyllönen’s if not doors, at least email inboxes” “A lot of people asked us if we do seethrough packaging materials for food,” Haimi says laughingly on Good News. “One day we hopefully will, but not right now.” Sulapac is proceeding segment by segment, first aiming for the cosmetics market. The idea stems from the founding duo’s everyday experiences, or to be more exact, their bathroom shelves. “We were both frustrated by the fact that although the cosmetics product itself is ecological, the package around it isn’t,” Haimi explains. “It was a problem we both wanted to tackle.” (source www.goodnewsfinland. com). MT | An edible water bottle makes a splash Need hydration on the go? Ooho! is a single-serve seaweed-based squishy spherical packaging for beverages of every kind. Touted as being biodegradable and 100 % natural, the product has created a sensation - securing its initial GBP 400,000 (EUR 462,000) funding target through Crowdcube within days and more than doubling that to date. Skipping Rocks Lab, a seaweed-tech startup based in London and the company behind the product, Ooho! launched the initiative in April 2017 with as goal to create a waste-free alternative to plastic bottles and cups. The company says its proprietary material is actually cheaper than plastic and can encapsulate any beverage including water, soft drinks, spirits and cosmetics. “The consumption of non-renewable resources for singleuse bottles and the amount of waste generated is profoundly unsustainable. The aim of Ooho is to provide the convenience of plastic bottles while limiting the environmental impact,” said the company in a press statement. It added that it sought to stop 1 billion plastic bottles reaching the ocean every year and to stop 300,000 tonnes of CO 2 from ever being emitted. To make an Ooho ball, the liquid to be encapsulated is first frozen, then dipped into an algae mixture that forms a membrane around the ice, in a process called spherification commonly used to make fake caviar. The compostable membrane creates a watertight seal around the contents of the Ooho!. These have melted by the time they are drunk. The spheres are opened by biting the membrane, after which the contents are consumed in a single go. Or the whole Ooho! can be eaten, membrane and all. Note that the Ooho! comes with an outer membrane is designed to protect the product, which simply slips off. Skipping Rocks Lab is part of the Climate KIC start-up acceleration program founded by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and the scientific team is based in Imperial College (London). At the moment Ooho is mostly being sold at events, while Skipping Rocks is working on setting up fully-automated production machine for the product. MT 26 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12

From Science & Research Food waste to construction and automotive applications The European Project BARBARA (Biopolymers with advanced functionalities for building and automotive parts processed through additive manufacturing) is a 36 month research project within the EU Research and Innovation programme Horizon 2020. With a EUR 2.7 million budget, coming nearly exclusively from the EU, it brings together 11 partners from Spain, Italy, Germany, Sweden and Belgium. Coordinated by Aitiip, it envisages developing two prototypes helping demonstrate the prospects offered by that these new materials for key sectors of our economy such as the construction and automotive industries. The BARBARA project aims to develop new biobased materials with innovative functionalities through the incorporation of additives coming from biomass so that, by means of Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), - the most widely spread technology for 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) - prototypes with industrial applications can be obtained. These new materials must be based on food waste (from vegetables, fruits and nuts such as carrots, almonds or pomegranates) or agricultural by-products (from corn) and must possess specific mechanical, thermal, aesthetical, optical and antimicrobial properties to make them suitable for their industrial use in components for two highly demanding sectors such as the construction and automotive industries. Plastics based on biomass materials (such as PLA) are already in use for household 3D printing. Now the challenge is using it at an industrial level while taking into account the requirements which manufactured pieces need to meet from the very early stage when engineering materials and enriching additives are formulated. BARBARA project partners encompass the whole project chain, from suppliers of food and farming waste to construction and automotive end-users key to validating those demonstrator pieces made, through experts in chemistry, industrial materials production, machine and design processes, or those monitoring efficiency and impact of actions carried out. Aittip Technology Centre, is responsible for coordinating the BARBARA project. Currently, it participates in seven different projects within the Horizon 2020 programme. The other companies and entities involved in the BARBARA project are FECOAM and CARGILL (food waste suppliers); Celabor, KTH and the University of Alicante (they will participate in the development of the chemical processes for the extraction of functional molecules and polysaccharides); NUREL and Tecnopackaging (involved in the development of materials and spools for 3D printing); AITIIP (which will develop the new 3D printing procedure and will manufacture the demonstrator prototypes for the construction and automotive industries) and finally, Acciona Construcción and Centro Ricerche FIAT, which will validate those prototypes. The whole process will be monitored by the Italian University of Perugia (LCA, LCC) While the outcomes and impact from BARBARA may also be of interest for other fields, the two chosen sectors (construction and automotive) possess really interesting characteristics for a project such as BARBARA which encompasses research, basic chemistry and 4.0 industry. BARBARA aims to develop demonstrator prototypes such as car door handles, dashboard fascia for the automotive sector or moulds for truss joints and structures used in the building sector. This initiative will also contribute to the growth of related industries within the bio-economy and circular economy European Framework. The BARBARA project contributes to creating two new value chains, as well as to the development of an innovative and forward-looking modern industry with the potential to revolutionise the production of new materials. An industry more in tune with the environment and where new and more environmentally friendly extractive processes are implemented, thus potentially reducing energy and materials´ consumption. MT bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/17] Vol. 12 27

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