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WWW.MATERBI.COM 05/05/17 11:39 Bottle News Cove & RWDC go for PHA bottles Cove, the Los Angeles-based (USA) material innovation company that plans to introduce the first water bottle made entirely of biodegradable material later this year, recently announced it has entered into an exclusive partnership deal with RWDC Industries. RWDC, based in Athens, Georgia, USA and Singapore, will supply its proprietary PHA – a sustainably sourced, naturally occurring biopolymer – to produce Cove’s water bottles. Cove’s mission is to end the world’s reliance on conventional plastic. RWDC Industries uses plant-based oils, including postconsumer or used cooking oils, to produce PHA, which it has branded Solon. The biotech company combines deep expertise in PHA properties and applications with the engineering know-how to reach a cost-effective industrial scale. “We are thrilled to be working with the Cove team to make PHA-based water bottles a reality. In a world where over one million plastic bottles are purchased per minute, our collaboration is an important step toward providing materials that enable healthier options for people and the environment,” said Daniel Carraway, co-founder and CEO of RWDC. Under the partnership agreement, Cove will obtain 160,000 tonnes of PHA, supplied by RWDC, over the course of five years. This will enable Cove to scale to hundreds of millions of bottles in just a few years. After an extensive, three-year research and development effort, during which Cove worked with a number of PHA producers (bM reported), the company determined that RWDC has the most advanced technology and is the best-suited partner for aggressive growth. Cove already has large retail deals in place for its first product launch, the water bottle, later this year. “We are incredibly excited to Basics Home composting | 44 partner with Daniel and his team, Highlights Bottles / Blow Moulding | 10 Biocomposites | 24 who have been at the centre of PHA innovation over the past two decades,” said Alex Totterman, Cove’s CEO and founder. The partnership between Cove and RWDC is supported by an exclusive agreement for the use of Solon for beverage bottles and closure products. In the future, Cove plans to produce products in other categories in its mission to accelerate the adoption of sustainable materials like PHA. AT Info | See a video-clip at: x-E3GxdE0kU r1_05.2017 bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 14 ISSN 1862-5258 Jul / Aug 04 | 2019 Cover Story Cove PHA bottles ... is read in 92 countries PEF bottles from citrus peel New technology developed at VTT enables the use of pectin-containing agricultural waste, such as citrus peel and sugar beet pulp, as raw material for biobased PEF-plastics for replacing fossil-based PET. The carbon footprint of plastic bottles can be lowered by 50 % when replacing their raw material of PET with PEF polymers, which also provides a better shelf life for food. “In the near future, you may buy orange juice in bottles that are made out of orange peel. VTT’s novel technology provides a circular approach to using food waste streams for high-performance food packaging material, and at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” shares Professor of Practice Holger Pöhler from VTT”. PET and other polyesters are being widely used in food packaging, plastic bottles and textiles. The annual production of PET products is estimated at 30 million tonnes. Replacing fossil-based PET with plant-based PEF (polyethylene furanoate) polymers can lower the carbon footprint of the products by 50 %. Moreover, the barrier properties of PEF plastics are better than PETs, meaning that the food products have a longer shelf life. PEF is a fully recyclable and renewable highperformance plastic. Therefore, it opens up possibilities for the industries to reduce waste and to have a positive impact on the environment. VTT’s technology has significant advantages for making biobased PEF plastics. The technology uses a stable intermediate for the production of FDCA (2,5-furandicarboxylic acid), one of the monomers of PEF, which enables a highly efficient process. In addition, utilising pectin-containing waste streams opens up new possibilities for the circular economy of plastics. VTT’s unique scale-up infrastructure from laboratory to pilot scale ensures that this new technology will be brought to a technology readiness level that will allow polymer manufacturers’ easy transition to full scale. VTT has patented the technology, and the research has been published in the scientific journal Green Chemistry on 7 December 2020: “A unique pathway to platform chemicals: aldaric acids as stable intermediates for the synthesis of furandicarboxylic acid esters”, MT 18 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/21] Vol. 16

The world’s first HDPE Milk Bottles from advanced recycling INEOS O&P EUROPE (headquartered in Knightsbridge, London, UK) is making a significant investment to develop a comprehensive portfolio of circular solutions for the packaging industry. The collaboration with LACTEL (Choisy-le-Roi, France) is yet another major milestone in this direction. Advanced recycling technology converts plastic waste back to its basic molecules which are then used in Ineos production sites to include recycled content and replace traditional fossil-based raw materials. Lactel is the first dairy brand, in collaboration with INEOS, to explore a solution for UHT milk bottles produced with circular polyethylene, derived from postconsumer recycled material. “This trial production of 140,000 milk bottles, based on HDPE from advanced recycling technology, is a world first and a major step forward for Lactel, towards a circular economy”. “This new innovative product will be used in the Montauban production plant for an initial production run. At Lactel we are extremely excited to bring this new environmental innovation to our iconic milk bottles,” explains Anne Charles-Pinault - Lactel France General Manager. “Ineos is very pleased to (advance) this partnership with Lactel. Both companies are committed to sustainability and, via advanced recycling, we are able to supply virgin quality polymer from recycled plastic that is ideal for even the most demanding food contact applications like milk. Another big step in the right direction.” – said Xavi Cros – CEO Ineos Olefins & Polymers Europe/ South. After an independent certification process, initiated several months ago, Lactel’s Montauban plant has been successfully RSB (The Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials) certified this April. The milk bottles produced in this way are compliant with food safety regulations and are fully recyclable. MT generic picture Join us at the 16th European Bioplastics Conference – the leading business forum for the bioplastics industry. 30 NOV - 1 DEC 2021 Mercure Hotel MOA Berlin, Germany @EUBioplastics #eubpconf2021 SAVE THE DATE! For more information email: BOTTLE NEWS bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/21] Vol. 16 19

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