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Events Anandi Eco+ Compostable sanitary pads from India win again Sustainable fibres from Finland and home compostable coffee capsules from Germany are the runner-up winners of the innovation award F or the 12 th year in a row, the innovation award “Biobased Material of the Year” has been granted to the young, innovative biobased chemicals and materials industry by nova-Institute (Hürth, Germany). As usual for this award the three winners were chosen by the expert audience at the “12 th International Conference on Bio-based Materials” (Cologne, Germany 15/16 May) from six previously selected nominees. With more than 270 participants and 30 exhibitors, the conference established itself further as one of the world’s most important meeting places for the leaders of the bioeconomy. Organizer Michael Carus, nova-Institute, was enthusiastic about the overwhelming response: “The most important pioneers of the global bioeconomy met in Cologne and exchanged views on the strong dynamics of the industry. Previous hopefuls of the biobased chemistry are weakening and others are making amazing breakthroughs!” The winners in detail: First place: Aakar Innovations Pvt. Ltd. (India): Anandi Eco+ – 100% Compostable Sanitary Pads Anandi Eco+ is the first and only Govt. of India Lab certified compostable sanitary pad. (cf. comprehensive reports in bioplastics MAGAZINE issues 03/2018 and 06/2018). In a compost environment, at least 90% of the pad are biodegraded within 180 days. Under other conditions in nature it takes longer respectively. The pads can be disposed easily in the backyard mud pit of any rural household to avoid polluting the environment and create bio-manure for agriculture. Aakar also uses local resources like starch, jute, bagasse, banana fibre and water hyacinth to produce their sanitary pads to reduce cost and utilizes agricultural plant waste materials. Anandi Eco+ pads do not use any harmful chemicals like superabsorbent polymers (SAP) and convert into manure post disposal, which can be further utilised. This way, the pads contribute to environmental protection and increased resource reuse. It also follows the American Standard ASTM D6400 & European Standard EN 13432. Aakar contributes to 12 out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the UN through their work. Decentralised production is carried out by women in India and soon also in various African countries on the basis of regional raw materials. Second place: Spinnova Oy (Finland): Spinnova – Sustainable Textile Fibre Spinnova is a sustainable fibre company from Finland that develops ecological breakthrough technology for manufacturing cellulose-based textile fibre. Spinnova’s patented technology does without harmful chemicals and creates no waste or side streams, making the fibre and the production method probably the most sustainable in the world. The biggest difference to other man-made cellulosic fibres is that no chemical dissolution takes place throughout the whole process. Spinnova’s raw material commitment is to only use FSC certified wood or waste stream-based cellulose. Spinnova’s objective is to globally commercialize the fibre products in collaboration with major textile brands. The properties and prices of the new cellulose fibres are based on cotton. Third place: Golden Compound GmbH (DE): HOMEcap – Home Compostable Coffee Capsules HOMEcap is the world’s first and only home compostable coffee capsule successfully introduced in the market that is ‘OK compost HOME’ certified and made with natural fibres of the sunflower seed hull. The biodegradation in home compost avoids considerable waste streams. The capsule was successfully launched on the market in the spring of this year. It is made from a unique compound comprising PTTMCCs PBS and PBSA mixed with sunflower seed shells and inorganic fillers The nova-Institute would like to acknowledge InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG (DE) for sponsoring the renowned innovation award “Bio-based Material of the Year 2019”. MT Jaydeep Mandal (Aakar Innovations) with Anandi Eco + and the award www.bio-based-conference.com www.aakarinnovations.com www.spinnova.com www.golden-compound.com 8 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14

Call for papers now open! organized by 16. - 19.10.2019 Messe Düsseldorf, Germany BIOPLASTICS BUSINESS BREAKFAST B 3 Bioplastics in Packaging PLA, an Innovative Bioplastic Bioplastics in Durable Applications PHA, Opportunities & Challenges www.bioplastics-breakfast.com At the World‘s biggest trade show on plastics and rubber: K‘2019 in Düsseldorf bioplastics will certainly play an important role again. On four days during the show bioplastics MAGAZINE will host a Bioplastics Business Breakfast: From 8am to 12pm the delegates will enjoy highclass presentations and unique networking opportunity. The trade fair opens at 10 am. Media Partner: bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/19] Vol. 14 9

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