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Issue 03/2019

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Application News Automotive Plant-based performance shoes Leading global barefoot shoe company Vivobarefoot (London, UK) recently announced the launch of Primus Lite II Bio, the company’s most innovative sustainable shoe to-date and one of the world’s first plant-based performance shoes. The mission-driven brand unveiled the highly anticipated unisex shoe on the heels of independent sustainability research, which highlighted eco materials as a key factor in consumer purchasing decisions. The Primus Lite II Bio has been available in a limited run online since May 20 th , 2019. The new vegan shoe is designed with over 30 % renewable plant-based materials, including Bio TPU made from yellow dent field corn, natural rubber and harvested algae called Bloom, instead of single-use petroleum materials. The design is the company’s lightest and most efficient performance shoe yet and weighs on average an estimated 10 % less than today’s standard performance shoes. The new generation of Vivobarefoot’s legacy Primus Lite style is a game-changer for the footwear industry and represents a major stride for the company towards its goal of using 100 % biobased materials in a future iteration of this product. Vivobarefoot’s sustainability ethos is uniquely different from other footwear brands in the industry, as it is rooted in design, wellness and social impact, along with utilizing eco-friendly materials. The company believes product design encompasses doing more with less and creating durable products. Its focus on wellness enables people to move in a natural, healthy, connected way, while maintaining performance and durability. “The launch of the Primus Lite Bio represents an exciting step away from the industry’s reliance on single use petroleumbased materials and towards a promising future of plant-based alternatives,” said Asher Clark, Design Director at Vivobarefoot. “We want to challenge the world’s relationship with shoes, the materials they are made from and the impact they are having on us and our environment. Our ultimate goal is complete circularity.” More than 20 billion pairs of shoes are made annually, most from petrochemicals, which have a harmful impact on the environment, contributing to the already serious effects of climate change. The plant-based materials in the Primus Lite II Bio shoe are sourced and managed responsibly, reducing water, energy and CO 2 emissions, improving waste water and ultimately reducing their ecological footprint. MT www.vivobarefoot.com Swedish outdoor brand switches to bioplastic As of this year Swedish Light my Fire (Malmö) transitioned its entire product line to biobased plastics, featuring a new palette of warm and soft colors inspired by nature. “We’re always looking to use the most sustainable raw materials,” says CEO Calill Odqvist Jagusch. “By experimenting with various biobased plastics, we’ve found a solution that meets our sustainability objectives while not compromising on our product’s functionality and durability.” Biobased plastics are still in their infancy, and as they continue to blaze trail LMF wants to share its knowledge and be as transparent as possible. To this end, LMF has prepared a “Little School of Plastic” mini-tutorial and a fully transparent overview of all their product materials and suppliers in “Let’s Talk Materials,” both found on their website. Plastic pollution in nature is a tragedy – and with proper recycling and behavioral changes, it’s completely avoidable. Much of plastic pollution currently consists of single-use items like plastic straws, forks and packaging, and until recycling becomes widespread single-use items really have no place in a sustainable world. “Products like our ReStraw, Pack-up-Cup and Spork are in fact durable, reusable replacements of many of these singleuse items,” explains Calill Odqvist Jagusch. “However, like most other brands, we’ve used single-use plastics in our packaging. Moving forward, this year we plan to remove singleuse plastics in all our packaging using RE-PET storage bags as well as recycled and recyclable cardboard where needed.” Light My Fire has cooperated with SK Chemicals, of South Korea, Hexpol and FKuR to arrive at the selection of bioplastic materials appropriate for their products, taking issues such as durability and foodcontact approvals into account. MT www.lightmyfire.com 42 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14

Application News Spectacles from coffee and flax www.ochis.coffee The first Kickstarter campaign with a collection of sunglasses, made from organic coffee residues and flax resulting in durable eyewear that smells of coffee, was a full success in 2018. Now Ochis Coffee (Washington DC, USA) launched a new collection of Ochis Coffee eyewear. Founder Max Gavrilenko wanted to avoid the use of petroleum based plastic: “We use recyclables for the glasses production: coffee grounds and flax. They’re glued together by a biopolymer based on vegetable oil,” Max said. the frame smells slightly of freshly roasted coffee and has a matte texture that is pleasant to the touch. The polarized lenses with UV-filter are made of cellulose triacetate and feature an antiscratch coating. According to Ochis, the frames decompose 100 times faster than ordinary plastic glasses. In fact, the frame completely degrades after 10 years in soil or water, and turns into a natural fertilizer should the wearer lose it. There are four colours of Carl Zeiss lenses available and the frames are Rxable. The new spring 2019 collection was again introduced in a new Kickstarter campaign. MT First modular storage system from Bio-on’s bioplastic Only a few short months following the announcement of the alliance between Kartell (Noviglio, Italy), a leading design company, and biotechnology company Bio-on (Bologna, Italy), the first fruits of the partnership are being exhibited at the Salone del Mobile, Milan (Italy). Kartell has chosen to produce a new eco-friendly and sustainable edition of one of its best sellers - a modular storage unit designed in 1967 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri - in Bio-on’s 100% natural bioplastic material. The 50-year old design is available in four colours: green, pink, cream and yellow in the three-module version. For Kartell, research is a mission, said company president Claudio Luti. “We will continue to experiment to combine innovation and design.” Kartell celebrates its 70 th anniversary this year, thus ‘we are happy to be able to reach another milestone’, he added. “We have worked with Bio-on to be able to offer our public a very high-quality bioplastic product and we have chosen to do it on one of our historic products, one of the most recognized in the world. Research on bioplastics fits with our quest for innovation and is part of the “Kartell loves the planet” project aimed at enhancing good sustainability practices.” For Bio-on, it is ‘an honour’, said founder and CEO Marco Astorri. The company is proud to see its bioplastic showcased with one of the most famous Italian design brands in the world. To reciprocate and in gratitude for the trust placed in the material, Bio-on has given the biopolymer used for this specific application the name CL, the initials of Claudio Luti. In just a few days, Bio-on first saw the launch of the first line of solar cosmetics based on its technology, and now the first piece of furniture. “It is a clear confirmation of the extreme versatility that our biopolymer can offer, bringing its extraordinary advantages to all sectors,” Astorri concluded... MT www.bio-on.it bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14 43

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