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Brand Owner Brand-Owner’s perspective on bioplastics and how to unleash its full potential With bioplastics we see an opportunity to increase the renewable content in our cars, but there are still some concerns regarding availability and recyclability in some cases. At this stage, we see the use of renewable fibres for reinforced plastics as the first option to increase bio-content. The addition of a portion of renewable raw material in normal plastics production, and calculate the biomass balance, would also be an option for us. www.volvocars.com Christina Zander, spokeswoman for Volvo ‘Basics‘ book on bioplastics This book, created and published by Polymedia Publisher, maker of bioplastics MAGAZINE is available in English and German language (German now in the second, revised edition). The book is intended to offer a rapid and uncomplicated introduction into the subject of bioplastics, and is aimed at all interested readers, in particular those who have not yet had the opportunity to dig deeply into the subject, such as students or those just joining this industry, and lay readers. It gives an introduction to plastics and bioplastics, explains which renewable resources can be used to produce bioplastics, what types of bioplastic exist, and which ones are already on the market. Further aspects, such as market development, the agricultural land required, and waste disposal, are also examined. An extensive index allows the reader to find specific aspects quickly, and is complemented by a comprehensive literature list and a guide to sources of additional information on the Internet. The author Michael Thielen is editor and publisher bioplastics MAGAZINE. He is a qualified machinery design engineer with a degree in plastics technology from the RWTH University in Aachen. He has written several books on the subject of blow-moulding technology and disseminated his knowledge of plastics in numerous presentations, seminars, guest lectures and teaching assignments. 110 pages full color, paperback ISBN 978-3-9814981-1-0: Bioplastics ISBN 978-3-9814981-2-7: Biokunststoffe 2. überarbeitete Auflage Order now for € 18.65 or US-$ 25.00 (+ VAT where applicable, plus shipping and handling, ask for details) order at www.bioplasticsmagazine.de/books, by phone +49 2161 6884463 or by e-mail books@bioplasticsmagazine.com Or subscribe and get it as a free gift (see page 61 for details, outside German y only) 52 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14

10 Automotive Years ago 10 Years ago Published in bioplastics MAGAZINE In May 2019, Tim Colonnese, CEO, KTM, said: Rigid Packaging Thermal Cooler Box S andoz, Inc. (Princeton, New Jersey, USA) and KTM Industries, Inc. (Lansing, Michigan, USA) recently announced the launch of the Green Cell Cooler Box - the first 100% biobased and completely compostable/recyclable thermal cooler to protect pharmaceutical products during shipment. The Green Cell Cooler Box is a standard corrugate box outer lined with panels of cornstarch-based Green Cell Foam, manufactured by KTM. Green Cell Foam meets ASTM D400 and ISO 108 specifications for biodegradability under composting conditions. Led by Mark Kuhl, Packaging Development Manager for Sandoz, the project was in response to a new way of thinking at Sandoz where sustainability has become a top priority. This was a perfect opportunity to shift the paradigm and find a packaging solution that utilizes bio-renewable resources and offers an environmentally responsible end-of-life option. The typical pharmaceutical insulated shipper is constructed with polystyrene and is used for 24-2 hours before it is discarded. Non-renewable polystyrene is recyclable but the facilities to enable this are limited and cost prohibitive, thus relegating it to landfills. Sandoz’ mission was to find an effective sustainable alternative to polystyrene based on biofeedstocks that would assimilate back into nature after its use. The mission was accomplished with Green Cell Foam which is compostable and can be recycled in the paper recycling stream along www.greencellfoam.com with the outer box, thereby affording the end user with flexibility in the end-of-life disposal process. Mr. Kuhl set out to design, test and validate a cost effective ‘green’ cooler that met the rigorous cold-chain shipping requirements for protecting sensitive pharmaceutical products. During his tests he discovered Green Cell Foam not only insulates as well as polystyrene but it also absorbs excess condensation that would potentially damage the contents of the package. Green Cell’s ability to wick out ambient moisture presents a cleaner package for the customer by eliminating any pooling of water due to condensation. Green Cell Foam also provides significantly improved protection against shock and vibration damage when compared to traditional shipping coolers. Polystyrene coolers are somewhat brittle and have the propensity to crack under stress – even from a single impact. A break in the foam can compromise the integrity of the cooler by providing a channel for outside air to flow inside. Green Cell Foam can absorb multiple hits without cracking or breaking, providing a more stable thermal barrier while also providing improved impact protection to the contents. This adds value to the overall package while reducing damage claims. Sustainability was a key driver to this project. Sandoz wanted to see the environmental effects of switching from polystyrene to Green Cell Foam. KTM turned to Dr. Ramani Narayan of Michigan State University for the answer. Dr. Narayan provided life cycle assessment data which demonstrated a significant improvement in all but one of the LCA indices (eutrophication is slightly higher with Green Cell). The key metrics from the LCA comparison are an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases and a 0% decrease in energy requirements. In June 2009, refreshed graphics will grace the outside of the coolers which will help educate customers recognize and understand the benefits of the Green Cell Cooler. Mr. Kuhl is now designing additional sizes of Green Cell Coolers for use within Sandoz’ North American operations. It’s a real win-win situation for Sandoz and their customers: improved performance, improved convenience and a big improvement for the environment. A lot can change in 10 years. For KTM, everything has changed in 10 years. In 2009, bioplastics MAGAZINE published this article about the launch of KTM’s Green Cell Cooler Box, a biobased, compostable alternative to polystyrene coolers made from KTM”s cornstarchbased Green Cell Foam. Sandoz, a subsidiary of Novartis (Basel, Switzerland), was the first adopter, using the Green Cell Cooler Box as an effective way to ship pharmaceuticals while demonstrating environmental sustainability. Today, Sandoz and Novartis are using Green Cell Coolers to protect lifesaving products in transit. And they’re not alone: over 36 other pharma-based companies have integrated Green Cell Coolers into their operations. And over 200 other companies in the food, nutritional supplement, and life sciences industries have jumped on board, helping Green Cell Coolers develop and maintain a reputation for consistent, high-level performance. And the changes don’t stop there. KTM now offers its customers access to a team of packaging engineers equipped with design software, testing equipment and an ISTA-certified lab to help design, test and certify custom packaging using Green Cell Foam. From a 1,600m² (18,000 sqft) facility in 2009, KTM has recently moved into a 7,900 m² (85,000 sqft) facility in Michigan and has committed to a 5-200 m² (56,000 sqft) manufacturing facility in Nevada to better serve western US customers, expected to open in August 2019. Plans are in process to expand outside of the US in 2020. Yes, a lot has changed in 10 years. And we expect that the changes over the next ten years will be even greater. 18 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/09] Vol. 4 tinyurl.com/2009foam bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14 53

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