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Issue 03/2022

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Highlights: Injection Moulding Beauty & Healthcare Basics: Biocompatibility of PHA Starch

dear Editorial readers

dear Editorial readers As many of you will have noticed, we have been including more and more topics that go beyond “just” bioplastics incorporating everything plastic related under the renewable carbon umbrella. In this issue, we have a couple of very interesting points of view regarding advanced recycling and chemical recycling in particular. There are many new promising technologies in development that range differently on their actual sustainability and while I am personally very hopeful for these technologies, we need to be careful and diligent in their evaluation. As of now many chemical recycling facilities do not actually go the “plastic to plastic” route but rather a “plastic to fuel” route, which begs the question of whether they are even better than simple incineration. In the best-case scenario, they are merely an “in-between step” that may be necessary to scale these technologies – in the worst case they are simply greenwashing environmentally unsustainable practices. Many (but not all) are very energy-intensive technologies – this means that for them to have a shot at being an actual solution these facilities need to be run with green energy. While the current war in Ukraine is hopefully a long overdue wake-up call for many governments to switch to renewable energy (and materials) faster only time will tell if these transitions will be undertaken (in time, or at all). UK citizens had a very unkind, and certainly unfunny, “April’s fool” as energy prices increased by over 50 %. While I am writing this just before going to Munich for our 7 th PLA World Congress (see p.12) people are going on the streets in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to rebel against the fossil industry. Groups like Extinction Rebellion that are organizing these protests are gaining more and more traction, and rightly so. In times where people like Caroline Dennett, a senior safety consultant working with Shell for over a decade, openly cut all ties with the oil giant because of Shell’s “double talk” on climate. “They (Shell) are not winding down on oil and gas, but planning to explore and extract much more”, after reading statements like this it is no wonder that people feel the need to put pressure on their governments to finally do something – even if that means putting your own health and bodies on the line. I hope that we, as bioplastics MAGAZINE, are doing our part by bringing you the latest developments of the industry, this time with focus on Beauty & Healthcare and Injection Moulding, and by facilitating conversations and discussions on these relevant topics as we will have done (by the time this issue goes into print) at the 7th PLA World Congress. In this issue, we have two Basics articles, one about starch and another about the biocompatibility of PHA. bioplastics MAGAZINE Vol. 17 Bioplastics - CO 2 -based Plastics - Advanced Recycling ... is read in 92 countries Basics Biocompatibility of PHA | 49 Highlights Injection Moulding | 38 Beauty & Healthcare | 17 ... is read in 92 countries Cover Story Allegra Muscatello, Taghleef industries, speaker at the 7 th PLA World Congress | 12 03 / 2022 ISSN 1862-5258 May/June We have the technologies and the know-how to significantly influence the future of our planet, while the plastics industry cannot fight this battle alone, we do have a part to play and if you are in a position of power I urge you to leverage it to bring the change we so desperately need. Have the courage to speak up to the system, worst case scenario break ties in “mic drop manner” like Caroline Dennett, or take it to the streets like the folks of Extinction Rebellion. Time is not our ally on this one. Follow us on twitter! www.twitter.com/bioplasticsmag I remain stoically optimistic, but we cannot be naïve – chemical recycling might be a solution, it might be a false hope – in any case, we need to push forward. Push biobased and biodegradable alternatives, push recycling technology – the old and the new – push CCU innovations. I hope that despite all the uncertainties we are facing you still manage to enjoy reading this issue of bioplastics MAGAZINE. Let’s remain optimistic, but not naïve, let’s bring change – be it in corporate boardrooms or on the streets – if not us, who else? Like us on Facebook! www.facebook.com/bioplasticsmagazine Sincerely yours bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/22] Vol. 17 3

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