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Application News With the new accessories, you don‘t need to place your pencils in a glass anymore (picture: fotolia) Biodegradable coffee capsules Just in time for Environment Day on June 05, 2015 the Bremen/Germany based coffee capsule company Velibre introduced biodegradable coffee capsules, compatible with all the major Nespresso ® * machines. Since its foundation, it has been the company’s goal, to produce environmentally friendly capsules. Velibre’s newest generation of bio coffee capsules consist of an EN13432 certified M·VERA ® grade, i. e. a blend of different aliphatic biopolyesters, developed and produced by Cologne/Germany based BIO-FED. New bioplastic office products Vancouver, Canada based Solegear Bioplastic Technologies Inc., in partnership with Columbia Plastics Ltd., a leading Canadian plastic injection molding company, have completed a commercial agreement with TOPS Products Canada to convert six of their Starmark branded desk organizer and accessory products to Solegear’s plant-based materials. “We’re very excited to be taking the next step with Columbia Plastics to convert the TOPS Products Canada Starmark brand to Solegear’s Polysole LV bioplastic injection molding grade,” said Paul Antoniadis, CEO of Solegear. “The desk organizer and office accessory market in Canada is valued at an estimated 100 million dollars and as businesses seek out new ways to decrease their carbon footprint and fulfill customer expectations when it comes to corporate social responsibility, Solegear’s products are positioned to meet those needs and surpass expectations.” The six Starmark desk organizing and accessory products to be launched include the Clip-Mate, Memo-Mate, File- Mate, Pencil-Mate, Self-Stacker and Desk Tray. TOPS Products Canada will be launching these six initial products or SKUs for its commercial channel customers, which include Canadian office retailers such as Staples, Staples Advantage, Office Depot, Office Pro and Office Plus, Basic Office Products and BuroPlus. These products will be available in late 2015. Solegear’s Polysole is made by combining a base polymer (PLA), with a natural additive formulation which increases various mechanical, processing and physical performance characteristics of the material. Polysole LV bioplastic injection molding grade includes a suite of bioplastic resins that can be processed on conventional injection molding equipment. With plant-based content ranging from 65 % to 100 %, Polysole LV is designed to replace petroleum-based Polypropylene, High Impact Polystyrene and ABS plastics while maintaining performance and the highest possible levels of annually renewable material. KL “A primary goal of this development was to ensure biodegradability not only in industrial composting facilities but also at ambient temperature” as Sebastian Thomsen, Senior Business Development Manager of BIO-FED – Branch of AKRO-PLASTIC, told bioplastics MAGAZINE. “Due to its composition, the material has the potential to biodegrade when exposed to bacteria such as in soil or in a normal household compost”. The lidding material as well as the barrier pouch used as part of the packaging for the capsules are made from NatureFlex by Innovia Films. Those components ensure the capsule is biodegradable and the coffee keeps its great aroma. According to Velibre, customers can discard the new coffee capsules with a happy conscience in their home compost. In addition to the bio capsules the external packaging is made from 100 % recycled paper. “For coffee lovers, friends of good taste and people who stand up for a sustainable life, this new generation of the coffee capsule is a must. We do not want to rest after the product launch, but aim to further optimize the capsules, e. g. by increasing the bio-content of the materials used, working on the biodegradation profile and very importantly getting third party certification for Endof-Life options”, enthused Velibre CEO David Wolf-Rooney. “The future product development and the expansion of Velibre will be financed through involvement in the German crowdfunding scene which will begin in the next few weeks. Customers can order five delicious coffees ranging from mild to very strong in their intensity. The premium coffee packaged in the capsules comes from Tanzania, Brazil, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Java and ensure an excellent mix”.MT | | * Nespresso ® is the brand of a third party and has no connection to the Velibre GmbH 30 bioplastics MAGAZINE [03/15] Vol. 10

PP EPDM PE PVC PET Propylene MEG PBAT PMMA PBT Vinyl Chloride Ethylene Teraphtalic acid SBR PET-like Methyl Metacrylate Ethanol p-Xylene PU Sorbitol Isobutanol THF Isosorbide PC Glucose PHA 1,4 Butanediol 1,3 Propanediol PTT Lactic acid Succinate Adipic PLA Acid Starch Saccharose HMDA 3-HP PU Lysine Lignocellulose Acrylic acid Natural Rubber PA Caprolactam Plant oils Fructose Glycerol Fatty acids HMF Natural Rubber Starch-based Polymers Lignin-based Polymers Cellulose-based Polymers Epoxy resins Epichlorohydrin PU PU Polyols Diacids (Sebacic acid) PA FDCA PHA PU PBS PEF Superabsorbent Polymers Other Furan-based polymers Market study on Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020 Fast Growth Predicted for Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World – Production Capacity will triple towards 2020 The new comprehensive 500 page-market study and trend reports on “Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World – Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends Towards 2020” has been released by German nova-Institut GmbH. Authors are experts from the nova-Institute in cooperation with ten renowned international experts. Bio-based polymers: Evolution of worldwide production capacities from 2011 to 2020 million t/a 20 15 actual data forecast Constant Growth of Bio-based Polymers is expected: Production capacity will triple from 5.1 million tonnes in 2013 to 17 million tonnes in 2020, representing a 2% share of polymer production in 2013 and 4% in 2020. Bio-based drop-in PET and the new polymers PLA and PHA show the fastest rates of market growth. The biobased polymer turnover was about € 10 billion worldwide in 2013. Europe looses considerable shares in total production to Asia. What makes this report unique? ■ The 500 page-market study contains over 200 tables and figures, 96 company profiles and 11 exclusive trend reports written by international experts. ■ These market data on bio-based building blocks and polymers are the main source of the European Bioplastics market data. ■ In addition to market data, the report offers a complete and in-depth overview of the bio-based economy, from policy to standards & norms, from brand strategies to environmental assessment and many more. ■ A comprehensive short version (24 pages) is available for free at To whom is the report addressed? ■ The whole polymer value chain: agro-industry, feedstock suppliers, chemical industry (petro-based and bio-based), global consumer industries and brands owners ■ Investors ■ Associations and decision makers © 10 5 2011 | 2015 2012 Epoxies PE 2013 2% of total polymer capacity 2014 PUR PBS 2015 CA PBAT Content of the full report This 500 page-report presents the findings of nova-Institute’s market study, which is made up of three parts: “market data”, “trend reports” and “company profiles” and contains over 200 tables and figures. The “market data” section presents market data about total production capacities and the main application fields for selected biobased polymers worldwide (status quo in 2013, trends and investments towards 2020). This part not only covers bio-based polymers, but also investigates the current bio-based building block platforms. The “trend reports” section contains a total of eleven independent articles by leading 2016 PET PA 2017 PTT PHA 2018 PEF Starch Blends 2019 EPDM PLA 2020 Full study available at experts in the field of bio-based polymers. These trend reports cover in detail every important trend in the worldwide bio-based polymer market. The fi nal “company profiles” section includes 96 company profiles with specific data including locations, bio-based polymers, feedstocks and production capacities (actual data for 2011 and 2013 and forecasts for 2020). The profiles also encompass basic information on the companies (joint ventures, partnerships, technology and bio-based products). A company index by polymers, with list of acronyms, follows. Two years after the fi rst market study on bio-based polymers was released, Germany’s nova-Institute is publishing a complete update of the most comprehensive market study ever made. This update will expand the market study’s range, including bio-based building blocks as precursor of bio-based polymers. The nova-Institute carried out this study in collaboration with renowned international experts from the field of bio-based building blocks and polymers. The study investigates every kind of bio-based polymer and, for the first time, several major building blocks produced around the world, while also examining in detail 112 companies that produce biobased polymers. Order the full report The full report can be ordered for 3,000 € plus VAT and the short version of the report can be downloaded for free at: Contact Dipl.-Ing. Florence Aeschelmann +49 (0) 22 33 / 48 14-48 Bio-based Building Blocks and Polymers in the World Capacities, Production and Applications: Status Quo and Trends towards 2020 Florence Aeschelmann, Michael Carus, Wolfgang Baltus, Howard Blum, Rainer Busch, Dirk Carrez, Constance Ißbrücker, Harald Käb, Kristy-Barbara Lange, Jim Philp, Jan Ravenstijn, Hasso von Pogrell

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